I'm Lazy When It Comes to Makeup, But I Can't Be Without This One Easy Product

I have never been particularly artistic. Creative? Sure. But artistic? Most certainly not. And when I was fobbing off my art homework from school onto anyone in my life who knew how to hold a pencil, I was very much of the mindset that not being artistic wouldn't really hinder my prospects too much. But fast-forward 25 years, I'm now a beauty editor who is wildly clumsy and messy when it comes to her makeup application.

It's no secret amongst my beauty peers that I typically find makeup uninspiring. Give me a cream cleanser, glow-boosting moisturiserautumn perfume or nourishing body lotion, and I will chew your ear off for hours, but when it comes to the intricacies of makeup techniques, I have little to give.


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Shannon wears Byredo Colour Stick in Ancient.

You see, it's not that I am intentionally lazy with my makeup application. Rather, my lack of artistic skills only leaves me frustrated and angry on the odd occasion that I do attempt to really make an effort. My makeup MO, I have learned to accept, is minimal, natural-looking and, most importantly, easy to achieve

In fact, I have spent my entire career dedicating my words to those who feel similarly to me. I spend hours testing products and writing about them so that "lazy" girls and boys far and wide know what products to shop. My makeup capabilities start and stop with finger painting. Providing I can swipe products onto my face with my hands and fingers, I have learned that the results can be impressive.


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Shannon wears Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks in Sugarfrost and Sienna.

And since discovering the versatility and brilliance of cream blushers in recent years (just dab on and dash), I have come to be captivated by the easy wonder of cream eye shadows. While palettes and powders that need layering, blending and tidying up are, needless to say, not my thing, cream eye shadows can be scribbled or patted onto lids in a matter of seconds, and no one would ever know how easy it was.

I have become so captivated by the genius of cream eye shadows that barely a day goes by that I don't wear at least one shade on my lids. Whether you want to add a subtle wash of colour to hide redness or want a smoky look for a night out, a cream eye shadow will deliver a seriously chic look in just one swipe. I'd go as far as to say that I love cream eye shadows so much that I wouldn't mind if I never had to use a powder shadow ever again.

So if you're lazy with your makeup like I am, these are the 11 best cream eye shadow products that are guaranteed to make your routine a whole lot easier.

1. Byredo Colour Stick Multi-Use Cream Stick in Ancient

2. Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Caramel

3. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Eyeshadow in Groundwork

4. Jillian Dempsey Ruby Lid Tint

5. Tower 28 Beauty Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer

7. Trinny London Eye2Eye in Faith

8. By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow in Bronze Moon

9. Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Rose Gold

10. Beauty Pie Wondercolour Longwear Cream Shadow Stick in Teddy Bare

11. Vieve Eye Wand in Hazelnut

Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous.

Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics.

While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best.

When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.