Basic Everyday Makeup Tutorial


Do not let the fabulous rainbow colors fool you: this is a pretty simple, everyday makeup look. Now, I’m no makeup artist, and yes I fudge up sometimes in the video (and trust me, I’m aware). But I do put on makeup everyday, and have been doing so for the last 15 years or so. I’ve created this video in a more sophisticated editing program that I’m trying out. Do you like the way this video runs? I would love your feedback on my videos, so I can continue to bring you content that you guys want. Click for more info, a special message to a portion of my readers, and links to products used!

Also, I try not to talk about politics or other divisive topics here on the blog, but I would like to give a very special hello and thank you to my gay readers. This (rainbow saturated) post is for you: may everyone have the right to marry whomever they choose. ♥

Recreate This Look:

Foundation: NARS Sheer Glow in Deauville
Luminizer: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay in Exposed
Brows: MAC eyebrow pencil in Fling
Brushes: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, MAC 217 brush, MAC 239, & old Jane Iredale blush brush
Undereye Concealer: Benefit Erase Paste
Blemish Concealer: Benefit Boi-ing
Eyeshadow: Stila “In The Light” palette, Urban Decay “Naked Basics” palette
Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
Setting Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Transparent
Mascara: Maybelline The Rocket Volum’Express
Eyeliner: from the Stila “In The Light” palette

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  1. AT
    03.29.2013 / 12:06 am

    Hi! Great video! Out of curiosity – what teeth whitening product (or process) do you use? Your teeth are gorgeous

    • 03.29.2013 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you! I had a professional in-chair procedure at the dentist years ago which was super effective but what really works well is the Crest 2 Hour Whitestrips Express (the $50 version). Pricey, I know, but it’s less than the $200+ of a single treatment, and you get several treatments in the box. I only need to use them once every few months (like 6 months or so)!

      • Natalia Pardo
        03.30.2013 / 3:20 am

        I got those strips few weeks back but I ended up having extremely sensitive teeth! I barely slept the night I used them and the following day the feeling was unbearable :'(

        • 03.30.2013 / 3:23 am

          Me too! But the pain is worth it in the end. I always forget about how unbearable it is, and I’m like “never again!” But we all know how that story ends ..

          • Natalia Pardo
            03.30.2013 / 3:30 am

            I’m really afraid to give them a second chance… But I have to recognize your teeth look amazing! So I guess I’ll use them again when I don’t have to leave the house the following day 😉

          • 03.30.2013 / 3:32 am

            I have read that if you use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth for like a week before whitening, it prevents tooth sensitivity completely. I just never remember when it comes time!

          • Natalia Pardo
            03.30.2013 / 3:46 am

            That’s awesome! Thank you for the advice. I’ll try the toothpaste next week and get back to you with my feedback 😀

  2. Michi
    03.29.2013 / 12:28 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’m always trying to improve my everyday makeup routine so this was really helpful 🙂 <3

  3. 03.29.2013 / 12:47 am

    I love this look! It’s really natural so you don’t look ‘done’ at all – you just look refreshed and ready for the day!Good on you for supporting Gay marriage – it’s an issue of equality – we are all Human and deserves all the same rights.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  4. Zunni
    03.29.2013 / 7:14 am

    Yay, for gay marriage! Yay, for the lovely purple streaks. Thanks for the how-to video to watch – a lovely look for you.

  5. 03.29.2013 / 7:14 am

    I was trying to catch up on the videos earlier and here’s a new one. Yay! It’s like having my own personal make-up tester. Thank you!

  6. Jung
    03.29.2013 / 1:29 pm

    This is great! Learnt new trick, applying face powder after blush. Does your mascara smudge? Mine always does even if I used waterproof. Any advice?

    • 03.29.2013 / 3:29 pm

      I recommend not wearing waterproof if your mascara smudges. Sounds paradoxical, I know, but waterproof mascara is water proof, not oil proof. And in fact, oil is what takes it off (makeup remover). So I find the natural oils on my skin tend to make waterproof smudge more than regular formulations.

    • 03.29.2013 / 6:48 pm

      Hey no worries! I only do VoiceOver videos for tutorials, so if that’s what you don’t like, never fear! 🙂

  7. Alisa Steinhilber
    03.29.2013 / 9:49 pm

    OMG thank you so much!!! I have probably the laziest, and not-so-educated make-up routine ever, and your video just taught me sooo much!! I think you just changed my habits, and tools for the better!!! Do you have any recommendations for “drug-store” brands? I’m constantly on a tight budget, and can’t get the pricier stuff. 🙁

    • 03.30.2013 / 3:24 am

      Yes! I have several posts and videos on the best drugstore makeup–I’m a huge fan of drugstore makeup!

  8. 03.29.2013 / 11:25 pm

    LOVE! I bought the Rimmel Stay Matte powder last week, but I think I need a big ol brush like that one.

    • 03.30.2013 / 3:26 am

      I think my huge brush is sephora brand. I wouldn’t waste your money on it though. It just does the trick but nothing special. :-/

  9. Tess
    03.30.2013 / 1:41 am

    Great tutorial! Question- why do you apply your undereye concealer after you’ve completed your eye makeup, and not before? Just curious.

    • 03.30.2013 / 3:25 am

      Actually, it’s because I can sweep away the “fallout” shadow more easily with a small fluffy brush, before I add the creamy texture of concealer. 🙂

  10. scunningham
    03.30.2013 / 3:00 pm

    I get a kick out of watching makeup videos. I always pick up a tip or two, and I loved this one. Thanks! And I liked the style – the video ran well and looked great in HD on my iMac.

  11. 03.31.2013 / 3:49 pm

    Video looks really nice! Must be a little awkward using the computer camera as a mirror, especially when it goes out of focus 🙂

    • 03.31.2013 / 11:28 pm

      Ha yeah it definitely would be! I used my makeup mirror for this tutorial though…still awkward!

  12. Nic Daniels
    04.01.2013 / 2:31 am

    Looks good to me, not too much fudge if you are worried!!! Videos are so helpful to me, and very practical. Yes I have also had teeth whitening done at the dentist but it was very expensive, $500 for the treatment. It did produce great results but drinking coffee spoils things a little.
    from Nicole

  13. Iva
    04.01.2013 / 8:10 am

    Oh wow your blog post is really helpful, recreating a look, I must try this at once. I will definitely post this in the make up section on my new favorite lifestyle website yeey..Tahnk you for the video Kristina. keep up the good work.

  14. Marie
    04.01.2013 / 10:13 am

    Love your video…

  15. Charly
    04.02.2013 / 6:55 pm

    Your makeup always looks lovely. I am in the market for a new under-eye concealer, so I think I’ll check out the Erase Paste. I also like the video just fine. Honestly, I didn’t notice a huge difference between this and your older ones, but I’m not an expert in these things at all. 🙂

  16. Dottie
    04.13.2013 / 4:21 am

    I discovered your blog today (searching for Armani Maestro videos) and now I’m a fan! I also wear shade Deauville in Nars, so your makeup color recommendations are especially helpful.
    I like that you are an accomplished professional outside of blogging and your intelligence really comes through in your videos. Thanks for making my day (when I’ve been home sick) a little brighter. 🙂

  17. Nina
    07.26.2013 / 9:43 pm

    This was such a nice tutorial! I loved the editor you used also and the music, it was all very well put together.

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