Do you have 15 minutes every morning to dedicate to creating a precise cat eye or flawless cut-crease? Neither do we. But do you still want to go about your day looking fly? Yep, same.
The good news about eye makeup, in particular, is that it's actually really easy to fake that you spent a long time doing it. As long as you're using the right products strategically, that is. According to experts, including celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, the key to fast, easy eye makeup is sticking with products you can apply with your fingers. That means cream shadows, smudge stick eyeliners—nothing that requires a cumbersome collection of brushes, shades, or precise handiwork.
We swear, you can create the following looks in a minute or less (at least after a couple trial runs), no special skills required. Interested? Keep scrolling for 11 easy eye makeup looks you'll love!
This monochromatic look is ridiculously easy to re-create. Just take the pinky-nude tint you already used on your lips and cheeks (we recommend Well People's Universalist Multi-Stick in Creamy Dusty Rose, $24) and swipe it across your lid, almost all the way up to your brow bone. Make sure to blend it out, and you're done!
All you need for a gothic-chic look like this is a smudgy eyeliner pencil, like Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray ($22).
This simple cut crease is slightly more complicated only because it required a brush. But after some practice, we guarantee you'll be able to nail it in under a minute. Just take a super-soft angled eye shadow brush, like Bobbi Brown's Angle Eye Shadow Brush ($32), and use a teensy bit of gray eye shadow to create a wing extending from your upper lash line. Then trace your lid with shadow (again, not too much!) to create an arc outlining the lid, and connect that to your wing.
Fun eye makeup doesn't have to take forever as long as you keep it simple. All this party-ready look requires is a thick eyeliner pencil with some shimmer in it, like Sephora's Colorful Shadow and Liner in Turquoise ($14).
This look requires only two materials: a matte taupe eye shadow, like Laura Mercier's Matte Eye Colour in Truffle ($25), and a gray-black eyeliner stick, like Burberry's Eye Colour Contour Smoke and Sculpt Pen in Stone Grey ($29).
Go futuristic with this white-on-white look, which is deceptively easy to execute. All you need is a white eyeliner stick, like Rimmel's ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in Witness White ($5). Use this to create thick lines above your upper lash line and underneath your lower, blending out the color at your inner corner.
All this look involves is lots of mascara and a bright highlight at the inner corners to make you look instantly more awake.
This shimmery gold look seems fancier, but it still only requires one product. Try Nars Velvet Shadow Stick in Oaxaca ($28).
One of the easiest ways to make your eyes look "done" in 60 seconds is to focus on creating a dramatic lash look. Go the spidery route by curling your lashes and coating them in several layers of Maybelline's Volum' Express the Colossal Spider Lash Mascara ($6).
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