Makeup How-To: Smokey Eye + Neutral Lip

As the days seem to get shorter and shorter in the fall, I find sometimes I’m moving quickly in the mornings to get out the door. A simple smokey eye and an easy neutral lip is often my go-to look and is truly timeless. For Amanda, I used more taupe and cream shades since her features are lighter. For myself, with my darker features, I used more dark brown and golden shades. It’s important to think about coloring when choosing the perfect shadows for an easy smokey eye.

Mostly, you don’t have to spend a lot of time to look put together and this tutorial will hopefully get you there even faster!

This was such a fun experience learning from Lauren. I’m always following the same old morning routine (foundation, a smear of ‘carbon black’ eyeshadow and my go-to ‘angel’ lipstick) and I wanted to learn how to do a subtle smokey eye that I’d feel comfortable wearing to the office. I can’t wait to purchase all of these brushes and tools (you’ll be seeing them again in future tutorials!) so I can practice this easy look on my own.

Whether you have darker features like Lauren, or lighter features like me, I hope this tutorial makes you as excited as I am to try a new look. Feel free to Pin It for future reference and be sure to let us know in the comments if you have any questions or suggestions.

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Happy Manda Day 2.0!



  1. Natali says:

    Fantastic tutorial, you look gorgeous and the make up is flawless!

    Posted November 13, 2014 | Reply
  2. Such a great tutorial! Your makeup always looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

    Posted November 14, 2014 | Reply
  3. Lauren says:

    This is great! I'm terrible at everything but mascara but these tips break it down so well. Thanks!

    Posted November 20, 2014 | Reply