The first thing you might want to say is something along the lines of, “Who exactly is putting on makeup right now?” But for beauty aficionados, and curious novices, this time doesn’t necessarily need to be about adhering to society's beauty standards; rather, it can be time to explore our makeup routines on our own terms in an effort to find the things that bring us joy. After all, who wouldn’t want to binge-watch Rihanna’s makeup tutorials or try new Glossier products? In truth, finding fun yet easy makeup looks during this time can be a simple way to cultivate a little delight in your day. So ahead, we’ve spoken to 15 women about the easy makeup looks that are currently making them smile. And don’t fret—we promise they’ll be as enjoyable to try on yourself.
Doing your makeup doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a full face. As Sarah Kretzutold us, “Glowing skin makes me feel good no matter what!” Investing in a product that leaves your skin dewy is the easiest way to make you look like you’re wearing a full face of makeup without actually doing so.
Kretzu confessed that her secret to creating this dewy look is “to mix Beautycounter’s Skin Tint with Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi. It gives you a healthy dose of color and glow without leaving the house!”
Kretzu isn’t the only one who swears by a natural-inspired makeup look’s ability to boost your mood. As Allison told us, “This is my favorite at-home makeup look because it’s natural and simple yet makes you feel elevated and put-together.”
So what product does Allison swear by to create this look?She confessed, “The product that makes this look so easy and simple is the Hollywood Flawless Filter by Charlotte Tilbury. It’s my favorite product ever—it gives your skin a natural glow with just the right amount of coverage so you don’t feel weighed down, but your skin looks amazing!”
Creating a bare-minimum, dewy look is one of the easiest makeup routines to adopt. As Linh Niller told us, “When it comes to easy everyday makeup, I focus on keeping the skin hydrated and glowing by using a facial oil and an SPF moisturizer.”
Niller continued, “I then highlight the cheekbones and brow bone, add a little mascara, brush up my brows, and add a bit of blush and bronzer on the hollows of the cheeks and dab some on my eyelids as well. It instantly makes me feel good and ready for the day!”
No matter your makeup routine, it should always bring you joy. Mercedes Malana says, “Taking time for myself to put makeup on is a moment of self-care and almost therapy to me.” But she continued, “I love natural, effortless looks because my mom taught me less is more.”
If you’re looking for an easy makeup look that’s a little bit bolder, look to our very own editor Anna LaPlaca. As she told us, “My makeup here is inspired by that quintessential French-girl look, which is effortless and romantic and surprisingly easy to re-create. It's anchored by bold, fluffy brows, a classic red lip, and a subtle flick of winged eyeliner.”
LaPlaca continued, “I like to start with an even, glowy canvas for the skin (Kosas Tinted Face Oil, $42, is a favorite for this), then go in with a brow pen (I've been loving Glossier's Brow Flick, $18) and brow brush to amp them up. If I have extra time, I'll add in the eyeliner, but honestly, it's optional. Finally, a swipe of my go-to Chanel lipstick, et voilà!”
Our editors aren’t the only ones who swear by the power and leisure of applying a bold lip. Kellie Brown is also a fan. As she told us, “I love this look because it’s simple and easy to do but impactful. It’s fresh-faced and a bit of pow all at once.”
You don’t have to opt for a red lip though to pull off this easy makeup look. Look to Tyla-Lauren’s cute nude lip for inspiration. As she told us, “Nude lips are my automatic go-to because they always enhance a natural makeup look.”
Tyla-Lauren shared, “For the perfect nude lip, Taupe from MAC is my favorite because it complements my skin tone perfectly, and I honestly think it works on everyone so well! And to finish off the look, I love adding a darker liner like Coco Loco by Jordana ($4) with it because it pairs perfectly.”
Perfecting your cat-eye takes practice, but once you become a pro, it’s one of the easiest makeup looks. Don’t believe us? As Katie Cung told us, “This is my go-to flawless look; the crisp cat eye makes me feel super confident and feel like I can achieve anything!”
Once you’ve mastered your cat eye and want to have a little fun, we suggest trying Erin Kean’s neon pink cat eye. As she told us, “I find bright colors always elevate my mood, whether it be a neon pink eyeliner or a bold red lip. Something about color does wonders for your confidence.”
Kean suggests that “any pink eyeliner would be perfect for re-creating this look.” And rather than applying the eyeliner to the inner lash line, apply it to your crease, and wing it out for a cute, creative take on your cat-eye look.
If you really love spending time playing with makeup, you’ll want to try this look from Anoushka. She told us, “Makeup is a way to be creative under this quarantine time with no pressure.” And frankly, it doesn’t get more creative than this filled-in cat eye.
This makeup look is easier to re-create than it looks; rather than just outlining your lid or your eyeliner, outline the under-eye, top eye, and outer edges. Then, fill in your full lid with an eye shadow of your choice. Anoushka recommends using Fenty Beauty’s Precision Blending Eyeshadow Brush ($24) to blend your shadow.
If you’re still not sold on this makeup look, let Fatima inspire you. As she told us, “If you’re looking to elevate your look, it’s always great to start with the eyes! I’ve been using my downtime to challenge myself creatively with what’s in my makeup bag and have been swooning over statement eyes and specifically color liners.”
Fatima recommends creating this look to find your perfect base foundation (hers is Estée Lauder Double Wear makeup in Toasty Toffee, $56) followed by the color liner of your choice. Ultimately, when it comes to creating cute makeup looks, in the words of Fatima, it’s all about “finding what accentuates your own features.” Be it a cat eye or something else, now’s the time to get creative and find the makeup routine that’s easiest for you.
“When the mood strikes, I love experimenting with colors for my eye makeup,” Elif professed to us, and frankly, we back her on that statement. Experimenting with colorful eye shadow is one of the easiest ways to create a cute makeup look.
You don’t have to opt for a bold, bright color to add some pizzazz to your eyelids. In fact, you can create the same bold makeup look that’s more versatile with a metallic eye shadow like Tash Baker did. In Baker’s words, “a pop of a metallic color all over the eyelids is versatile as ever—it can be paired with a monochromatic look or to add a statement to a more neutral look.”
Easy makeup inspiration can come from anywhere, and Jess Cheng is proof of that. As she confessed, “This green eye shadow look brings me joy because it is inspired by my favorite meme of Kermit the Frog falling off a building.” Memes inspiring makeup? Here for it. At the end of the day, where you choose to pull inspiration from is part of the fun.