I know that it’s a strange thing for me to admit as a beauty editor, but I really hate doing my makeup. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the therapeutic aspect of it, and I love how it makes me feel once it’s all done, but for the most part, actually applying my makeup just stresses me out. Why? Because I’m useless at it. Sort of. I suppose if I’m being fair to myself I should say that, after years of absorbing tips from makeup artists, I’ve become quite good at applying my base products. But as someone who likes a no-makeup makeup look and struggles with any sort of practical creativity, I feel it’s safe to say eye makeup is not my forte.
You see, I like my eye makeup to look natural. For the most part, I either leave my lids bare or simply smudge a brown shadow over them with my finger and hope for the best. Although I appreciate strong, graphic eyes on other people, I sadly don’t have the artistic ability to execute such looks on myself. And so, while others are busy scrolling Instagram, saving down trending makeup looks to experiment with, I spend my time engrossed in natural eye shadow looks, wondering how the hell I go about doing them myself.
Last week, as I scrolled through my saved natural eye shadow looks, I decided that it was finally time to try something new and experiment with some more intricate natural looks. To help, I reached out to a close beauty-industry pal (and one of the best makeup artists I know for natural, wearable looks), Madeleine Spencer, and discovered I’ve been making some serious mistakes in my quest for a great natural eye. To avoid these issues, keep scrolling for the nine best natural eye shadow looks around, along with some of Spencer’s top tips.