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Get This Actual Real-World Look: Super Simple Daytime Eyes

By Amalah

I think we’ll take a break from the reader demos next week and tackle some reader questions, but for today? A super-easy, natural-looking daytime routine from Luisa (of The Wednesday Chef fame, omg!!). This one’s especially great for concealing and distracting from those pesky undereye circles, and for getting maximum big-eye wowness from a minimal routine.
The products (left to right): Trish McEvoy Protective Shield Concealer in Honey, Trish McEvoy Line Refiner, Trish McEvoy brushes, L’Oreal mascara in black, Stila shadow in Dahlia, Sue Devitt Studio Silky Eyeshadow in Lonely Splendor.
1. First, I attempt to cover up my under-eye circles, because that’s usually a good step towards looking somewhat presentable anyway. I dab a bit of Trish McEvoy’s Line Refiner under my eyes, then tap on a fingertip worth of Trish McEvoy Protective Shield Concealer in Honey. This combination, after years of trying everything, works really well for me. Natural, not too heavy or crease-y.
2. Next, using a flattish brush (the one I have, bought 10 years ago and still going strong, is a Trish McEvoy #21), I brush Sue Devitt Studio Silky Eyeshadow in Lonely Splendor onto my lids, but just to the crease. It’s sort of a soft, warm gray shade.
3. Then, using a eyeliner brush, those stiff little horizontal brushes (mine is Trish McEvoy #1), I tap it onto a pot of Stila Dahlia shadow (apparently discontinued, tragically, but you can substitute a rich, dark purple or blue) and then I push the brush against my lashline in segments, which draws a nice, soft line along the top of my eyelid. Using my finger or a smaller brush, sometimes, I soften the line out a bit.
4. Mascara, black, from L’Oreal and some blush (Fade from Stila) finish everything off.
Luisa also writes, “To be totally honest, I’ve gotten away with it for evening too, just with more lipstick.” Yes! Me too! I rarely have the time or patience to wash off eye makeup only to redo it, so I’m a big fan of the darker lipstick/extra coat of blush approach to dressing up your makeup.

About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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Yay Luisa! The cuteness is overwhelming, no?

Suzy Q
Suzy Q

God, Amy. Can’t you find any normal women to do these demos? All these girls are super-hot, even without makeup!


LOL, I agree with SuzyQ. I had to look at the pictures twice, because the first time I was distracted by the “wow, she has a really nice complexion. I wish I had a nice complexion…”


I LOVE the Sue Devitt eyeshadow Luisa is using – but when I went to go buy my own, I found that the Lonely Splendor color is a brown hue – not a gray one. Can someone help me solve this mystery?

Luisa Weiss

Thank you, ladies! I’m all flattered and such. Katrina – I went back and had a look at my Lonely Splendor shadow…and I could see how you might think it’s on the brown side of gray. But still pretty gray. Did you sweep any of it on to your skin? What did it look like there?