The Do’s and Don’ts of Everyday Makeup

Everyday makeup is all about sticking to the “less is more” motto. You want to know how to strike the perfect balance between looking put-together and not having spent hours in front of the mirror experimenting.

Our advice is to stick with products that match and enhance your natural features, rather than trying to change things. If your eyelids are naturally tinted light pink, for example, find a similar shade of eye shadow. If your lips are already berry toned, a raspberry lipstick is perfect. To help you out, we’ve compiled 10 tips to help you determine which products to focus on for daily use, and which to save for glamorous nights on the town.

1. Do wear under-eye concealer

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Concealer helps with under-eye circles. | iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages

For a fresh face, it’s helpful to mask any under-eye bags or dark circles with a touch of concealer. A product like the TrèStiQue Concealer Crayon does an amazing job of brightening this often purple or red area, even if you’re seriously exhausted. It’s also gentle enough to never irritate this delicate and sensitive under-eye area.

2. Don’t go too much lighter than your foundation

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Choose your concealer carefully. | iStock.com/yurok

The ever popular contouring trend has unfortunately led women to harshly contrast their bronzer and concealer colors. However, choosing a concealer that is practically snow-white when your skin has a natural tan makes the product far too obvious, and a little scary looking. Stick to a concealer that’s just two shades lighter than your natural skin color so that you don’t draw further attention to this tired area.

3. Do use blush on the apples of your cheeks

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Do you know how to properly apply blush? | iStock.com/deniskomarov

No matter the time of year, you should absolutely consider blush a daily beauty essential. Paired with an SPF moisturizer and a touch of mascara, blush has the ability to make your skin look instantly radiant, healthy, and glowing. It’s also one of the least fussy products to apply, either with a stick or a fluffy powder brush. We particularly love Bodyography Blush, which comes in a range of gorgeous colors and is available in cream or powder form.

4. Don’t pack on the bronzer

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Wearing too much bronzer just doesn’t look natural. | iStock.com/RobertoDavid

No matter the time of year, you should absolutely consider blush a daily beauty essential. Paired with an SPF moisturizer and a touch of mascara, blush has the ability to make your skin look instantly radiant, healthy, and glowing. It’s also one of the least fussy products to apply, either with a stick or a fluffy powder brush. We particularly love Bodyography Blush, which comes in a range of gorgeous colors and is available in cream or powder form.

5. Do find a taupe or nude eye shadow

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Neutral colors look best for eye shadow. | iStock.com/ValuaVitaly

When applying your everyday makeup, nothing looks better than soft and neutral eye shadow colors. Taupe, nude cream, or even a subtle coral will help give you a natural looking glow. We love TrèStiQue Shadow Crayons in the Tibetan Ivory, Venetian Gold, and Morimoto Pink Pearl. Any of these stunning cream shadows will make your eyes pop with a shimmering finish. 

6. Don’t wear a full smokey-eye

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Dramatic eye makeup like this is too much for everyday looks. | iStock.com/fotorince

Most women are pressed for time while getting ready in the morning, so why bother applying a smokey-eye? This extreme look is great for formal occasions, but will make you look seriously overdone when worn to the office. Take our advice and reserve the silver and black shadows for a night on the town.

7. Do wear a soft, neutral lipstick

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Try something natural for everyday wear. | iStock.com

Lipstick isn’t only reserved for special occasions. In the right color, it actually does an excellent job of completing your everyday look. Lipstick has the wonderful ability to make you look instantly put together and mature — even if your life feels totally chaotic. A few great daily lipstick options are the Vitamin E Lip Smoothers by EccoBella, which are infused to nourish your pout. Our favorite shades are ‘Go Bare’ and ‘Petal.’

8. Don’t line your lips with a dark pencil

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Say goodbye to your super dark lip pencils. | iStock.com/VladimirFLoyd

One of the all-time biggest makeup no-nos is lining your lips with a dark pencil. This outdated look not only comes across as blatantly unnatural, but it also ages your mouth area and makes your lips look smaller. If you must use lip liner, stick to the exact shade of neutral lipstick you’re wearing. Or, find a color that matches your lips, then fully color between the lines.

9. Do stick with black or brown mascara

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You’ll want to go for brown or black mascara. | iStock.com/ValuaVitaly

If you only have time to do one thing before leaving the house, make sure it’s applying mascara. Dark brown or black elongates your eyelashes and makes your entire face look more feminine! Mascara also has the ability to open, brighten, and rejuvenate tired eyes. Our latest choice would have to be Blinc Mascara, available at Sephora.

10. Don’t bother wearing heavy, fake lashes

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False eyelashes are too dramatic for most occasions. | iStock.com/AndreyPopov

Wearing heavy, fake lashes during the light of day is going seriously overboard. Not only do most fake options hinder your natural eyelash growth and damage your waterline, but they also run the risk of making you look like you’re in costume. We recommend saving falsies for night looks. If you truly feel insecure without them during the day, turn to Sugarlash’s Natural Lashes, which look lovely, real, and far more toned-down.