How to Layer Makeup

My style philosophy has always been: simple pieces make sophisticated outfits. Instead of spending paycheck after paycheck on complete sets of outfits, buy simple, versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched into different outfits for different occasions. This mantra serves me well especially since Im still on a college budget, so I decided to apply that philosophy into makeup.

With so many beauty trends floating around, it can be very tempting to splurge on hauls to complete those looks. Let us apply the "simple pieces make sophisticated outfits" theory to a few beauty trends.

This look is a great alternative to bright eyeshadow. What versatile products can we use in this situation?

Black eyeliner is always versatile; check out this pin. As for color eyeliner, you can use it like you would a jumbo eye pencil: draw over your eyelid, then smudge. Also, the product shown here is only $5!

There is nothing more naturally gorgeous than a perfected contour. What versatile products can we use in this situation?

Makeup doesnt get more versatile than this. Every woman should have foundation and bronzer in their beauty arsenal. Check out this post for a short guide to contouring.

With the right products, you can achieve beautiful lashes without having to resort to falsies. What versatile products can we use in this situation?

A lot of beauty bloggers claim that for best results, you should use specific mascara for specific needs. If you want length, use a lengthening mascara. If you want volume, use a volumizing mascara. If you want both, use both. It works a lot better than an all-in-one mascara, which I have to agree with, but not if you chip out the $20 to get this Tarte one especially if you want length and volume. With a mascara base, any mascara you put on will be magnified.

People are really getting creative with lip looks now. What versatile products can we use in this situation?

Ah, the lip stain. Its probably the most versatile of all lip products. You can create ombre/gradient looks like the one in the picture above, you can put it on sheer, and you can use it like you would lipstick. The only downside is that lip stains tend to dry out your lips, so a swipe of lip balm over it will not only keep your lips moisturized, it will lock the color in as well. Clear lip balm can also be used all the time on its own.

Nails are the best creative outlet for women. What versatile products can we use in this situation?

You can use these two nail colors to spin a twist on the classic French manicure. You can do it like in the picture above. You can have a nude base with white tips. You can have a white base with nude tips. You can gradient the tips. You can have geometric tips. The possibilities are endless!

Note: I specifically chose these products because I am recommending them, not because Im getting paid to do so.

Do you have a product that you work into a lot of your looks?


  1. The gradient lips trend is beautiful! I love layering my eyeliner too!

  2. Taylor Yates5/11/14, 2:59 PM

    I love the idea of layering eyeliner! I've always wanted to try colored eyeliner (like bright colors) but was never sure how to do it right. I might have to try this! Thanks for sharing :)


  3. Ombre lips are gorgeous! Ive never tried the trend, but I really want to one day.

  4. There is also a trend where you just line your eyes with color liner, but I find it unflattering personally, and this is the next best trend. I would love to check out a blog post or something if you end up trying it!