Tutorial Tuesday: Simple and Clean Makeup Tutorial

Some of the looks I teach you guys are so out there, like the Rainbow Eyes tutorial, that you can’t wear them in most situations. To remedy that, I’m teaching you a look today that can be worn pretty much anywhere:

  • To work.
  • To school.
  • On a date.
  • To a family gathering.
  • For a hike in the woods.
  • During the day.
  • At night.
  • Even to a night club.

I call this look Simple and Clean because it has a freshness about it. You’ll look amazing while not having that much makeup on. At least it will seem that way anyway.

I actually got some of the idea for this look from the steps in the Vintage Pinup Girl Video, although I changed some things around.

Get ready, because we’re about to learn the Simple and Clean makeup tutorial.

You’ll be starting with a naked face:

Oh how unhappy I am without makeup on.

Before you do anything else, you’ll need to get your face ready for all of this. Since we’re going light and breezy today, you’ll want to avoid any heavy foundations and powders. I only used some translucent powder for this one. Less is more!

You can learn more about this step here: Priming the Canvas: Getting Your Face Ready for Makeup.

Now you can start the look. Here’s everything you’ll need:

As always, you can find similar products that can do just as good of a job, so if you don’t have one of these exact items, don’t worry. You should be able to get the same look with something else that looks similarly. Here’s what I used:

  1. Elite Pro Cosmetics 88 Eye Shadow Pallet
  2. Luzier Eye Shadow in Burgundy Ice
  3. Loreal Pencil Perfect Eyeliner in Black
  4. Mary Kay MK Signature® Waterproof Mascara in Black
  5. Loreal Bare Naturale All Over Mineral Glow
  6. Cover Girl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lip Gloss in Raspberry Splash

Once you’ve got everything ready, it’s time to start the makeup tutorial.


You’ll be using three different colors of eye shadow today. I’ll be using them in the order seen in the picture. The first, second and fourth colors are from the Elite Pro Cosmetics 88 Eye Shadow Pallet. The third is Luzier Eye Shadow in Burgundy Ice.

Take the first color, a shimmery medium pink, and blend it into your crease and brow bone. When you’re eyes are open, you should see this color poking out above your crease. The color should be in an arched shape.

The second color you’ll use is a very muted brown. It should only be a little bit darker than you’re natural skin color. Blend into your crease only. By putting it in the crease, you’ll also be blending it with the first pink color a bit.

The third color is by Luzier and is a mixture of pink and gold shimmer eye shadow. Spread this over your lid. This won’t look too much different than your regular skin, which is what we want.

The final color is strictly for highlights. You should choose an almost-white cream color. Either matte or shimmer is good. I used a matte color. Put this just below the arch of your eyebrow, above the pink line. Also put this in the inside corner of your eye.

Super Makeup Trick: Highlighting like this makes your eyes look brighter, larger, and more awake.

After all that super subtle eye shadow, it’s time for some eyeliner. Normally, people put liner on their top lid and only sometimes on the bottom. For this look, you’re going to put it only on the bottom, on the inside of the lid. I used Loreal Pencil Perfect Eyeliner in Black.

Super Makeup Trick: Lining just the lower lid makes your eyes look bigger and interesting without looking like you have a lot of makeup on. You’ll also notice that the irises of your eye (the colored part) will be more pronounced and noticeable.

Then, it’s time for mascara:

The mascara part of the Simple and Clean look is pretty straight forward. You should mascara both the top and bottom lashes. Be careful not to get mascara on your top lid. I have a hard time with that myself. I used Mary Kay MK Signature® Waterproof Mascara in Black.

I don’t always use blush, but I used it today:

Make sure you choose the right blush for this. You’ll want it to look as realistic as possible. I used Loreal Bare Naturale All Over Mineral Glow, as it’s my favorite. As you can see in the picture above, I didn’t just put it on the apples of my cheeks. Instead, I started at the apples and worked in small circles up around the temple and onto a bit of the forehead, following the line that I illustrated.

For the lips, I wanted to add very little color. We are being Simple and Clean, you know. So I used Cover Girl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lip Gloss in Raspberry Splash to add a bit of shine and shimmer with barely any color. That’s it!

We’re done. That was easy, wasn’t it? Now for the after photos:

It’s a pretty simple look. You’ll be wearing very little makeup, yet will be obviously much prettier than you were before (unless you’re one of those people who look amazing without makeup.) Since it’s so simple, and clean, you can wear it just about anywhere.

What did you think of the Simple and Clean look? Would you wear this?


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