My Go-To "I Tried" Look | Eyes & Lips

While I like being adventurous with my makeup once in a while, I'm a lazy girl, as I've already said a bunch of times, so most of the time I just default to a variation of the same look. In this post, I'll be sharing my usual look for when I want to look like I actually tried - this would most likely be for when I know I'll be in pictures, or for a nicer dinner/outing. While I was writing this, I tried to include as many different products as I could to show that the same general look can be achieved with a variety of products :) Because of this, the post ended up being extremely long, so I decided I'd split it into two posts. This post will focus on the eyes and lips.



  1. Eyeshadow Primer: I have oily lids, so this is a must. I've been using some variation of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (0.16 oz, $12 pictured above) for years, but I never manage to use up even the travel-sized ones before they expire, so I've decided to try some drugstore options. I just picked up the NYX Proof It Eyeshadow Primer (0.23 oz, $4.19), so look out for a review!

  2. Eyeshadow: My go-to eye look is a brown smokey eye with a shimmery lid. The Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette (12 x 0.053 oz, $46) is perfect for this, and about any other look you could think of with neutral shades. I've converted my mom, my sister, and my best friend onto this palette - that's how good it is :) I'll start with one of the shades in the second column or the Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Creme Brulee (0.064 oz, $6), put it all over my lid to set the primer and blend it into my crease. Then, with a flat brush, I apply a shimmery shade across my whole lid. I reach for the bronze-coppery Firecracker from this palette a lot, but also use Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Homecoming (0.064 oz, $6), a medium, cool-toned brown with golden shimmer, and Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows (0.074 oz, $5) in Blaze (glittery bronze), Kathleenlights (bright golden copper), or Hammered (blackened olive with gold glitter) for some variety. I then get one of the darker shades in the rightmost column of the palette, and buff and blend it into the outer corner of my lids. I take a more precise brush in the same color, and line the outer corner of my lower lash line. I line and blend out the rest of my lower lash line with either a nude shade or the shimmery shade I used on my lid, depending on my mood that day. As a final eyeshadow touch, I use a light shimmery shade like Funny Girl in the palette or more recently, the e.l.f. Budge Proof Cream Eyeshadow Stick (0.056 oz, $4) in Perfect Pearl, a great dupe for the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour (0.05 oz, $29), in the inner corners of my eyes to open them up.

  3. Liner: Depending on how glam I need to go, I may or may not do winged liner. My weapons of choice for this are the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (0.19 oz, $20) in Trooper and the NYX Epic Ink Eyeliner (0.02 oz, $7.99) in Black. If I'm not lazy, I'll also tightline with a black pencil liner, and line my waterline with a nude pencil like the NYX Wonder Pencil (0.04 oz, $4.49) or a brown if I'm feeling intense. I had been using the Urban Decay Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil (2 x 0.01 oz, $18) in Darkside/Blackheart for black/brown, but recently retired it because it's old.

  4. Lashes: I never use lashes. I have nothing against them, but my hands are extremely shaky, and my lashes are thick enough and long enough that I don't think they're worth the effort. Instead, I curl my lashes with my Kevin Aucoin curler ($21), use the Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base (0.19 oz, $25.50), and put on loads of mascara. I have yet to find a holy grail mascara, but my most recent one was a travel size of the YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils ($32) that I quite enjoyed in the end.

  5. Brows: I'm pretty lazy, and my brows are pretty full, so usually I just brush them with an eyebrow brush and then put on some eyebrow gel. Currently using the Urban Decay Brow Tamer (0.15 oz, $20) in Dark Brown, which I really do not enjoy and have reviewed on my blog before, but I don't want to waste it so I am really trying to use it up.


  1. It's pretty much one step for me for lips, since my go-to looks are usually pretty low-maintenance colors. My two most reached for lippies are the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick (0.15 oz, $26) in Pepper, a dusty rose, and the NARS Satin Lip Pencil (0.07, $27) in Rikugien, a rose pink.

If you've managed to read through both parts of this post, I hope you enjoyed reading this and found it helpful! Thanks for reading as always.

beautyCathy Liu