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, and if you missed the first part focusing on the face, click here.


  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.

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5 thoughts on “My Go-To “I Tried” Look | Eyes & Lips”

  1. Ah, I have Rikugien in my stash but I don’t love it as much, clearly. It’s almost unnoticeable on my lips, which I don’t mind too much but I means I don’t reach for it a lot! And mascara and lashes are two things I hope to master this year! X

    1. I love Rikigugien specifically because it’s not too noticeable on my lips! I suck at lip colors so I always tend towards the more unnoticeable ones… haha… May you reach your mascara and lashes goals this year!

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