Less is More

Less-Is-More (10 of 22)Doing my makeup is usually a laborious task that takes at least 30 minutes out of my day. But that’s ok because I love doing it. Once I start applying eyeshadows I can rarely limit myself just to one or two shades and 15 minutes into my makeup application I find myself mixing and blending out 4 or 5 different colors.

Last week I met my friends for a casual dinner and since it was no special occasion I created a very simple makeup look, threw on the first clean top I had hanging on a hanger, put my hair in a braid and I was ready to go. Surprisingly, that day all my friends complimented me and told me how pretty I looked. That had me thinking, that maybe sometimes less is more. Since that night I have been wearing this simple makeup almost every day I really love it. So today I am bringing you a breakdown of what products I used to achieve it.

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Me concentrating to create a perfect winged line.

The star of this look is an eyeliner. I normally don’t line my eyes, I only put a little bit of eyeliner into my waterline and that’s it. But recently a deep brown eyeliner from Bare Minerals stole my heart. It came with a Christmas QVC set but I never used it before and it was just laying around. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily it applied and how long it lasted. In the last few days I wore it out running and I also wore it doing my ALS Icebucket Challenge and it didn’t smudge even a tiny bit.

Less-Is-More (5 of 22)But first things first. For my face base I used itCosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination that I have been loving lately. To cover dark circles under my eyes and cover the redness around my nose I used my trusty itCosmetics Under Eye concealer. I contoured my cheeks with Milani Duo Bronzer and applied a little bit of peachy blush to the apples of my cheeks. For that I used Mac Cosmetics powder blush in Ripe for Love from last year’s Temperature Rising collection. To add a little bit of glow to my skin I applied a tiny bit of Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Year on top of my cheekbones and to my cupid bow.

Less-Is-More (6 of 22)Next- eyes. I started by filling my eyebrows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder in Taupe. I primed my eyelids using Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof eyeshadow base. Lately I have been all about using products that I have kind of forgotten about so I reached for my Urban Decay 15 Anniversary palette. I applied yellow buttery shade Vanilla all over my eyelid and underneath my eyebrow. Next using a shimmery beige color Midnight 15 I covered the movable part of my eyelid. And lastly, I used dark brown shade in Deeper to emphasize the outer corners of my eyes and blended it lightly into my crease. I finished off my eye look by lining my eyes with the Brown eyeliner from Bare Minerals and created a little bit of a cat liner. Simple, yet so pretty and elegant. For mascara I used Loreal Miss Manga (you can read my full review here).

Less-Is-More (7 of 22)As I wanted to keep the whole look really natural, I didn’t go for a bold lip color. Instead I chose Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Naked, which is a pretty rosey- nude “your lips but better” shade. I topped it of with a little bit of shimmery brown lipgloss ( Mac Cosmetics Lipglass in Steel Kiss).

The whole look took me probably not more than 15 minutes and below you can enjoy the whole look.

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Now it’s your turn. What look have you been favoring recently? Are you a fan of a simple look or do you prefer bolder colors? Also, since I am on an eyeliner kick, do you have any brown eyeliner recommendations for me? What is your favorite one?

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for reading.

the founder and editor of Her and Makeup.




  1. Suzy Pancoast says:

    So I’ve been reading your blog. Which is really great by the way! 😀 I agree with you that sometimes a simpler look can go really far. I love what you did with the eye liner in this one.

    Anyways, as I’ve been reading I noticed that you use a lot of the higher end makeup. How do you find good deals on them? I would love to try out Urban Decay and Bare Minerals but they cost so much. They are a little outside my budget. I usually go with cover girl. I have some Mary Kay items but I haven’t bought anything new for some time.

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Hi Suzy, I am glad you like the blog and thanks for commenting.

      Unfortunately, it’s hard to find deals on higher end makeup and it’s hardly ever on sale. The best bet is to use an Ulta coupon for 20% that they send out to customers a few times a year (normally prestige makeup is excluded from any coupons). I know you don’t have an Ulta near you but you can create an account online, and you get a member number and that’s how you get the coupons and for each dollar you spend you get a reward point. When you accumulate a certain amount of points you get them converted into $$$ off your next purchase (usually it’s not a lot but it’s better than nothing). The other thing I can recommend is to visit brand’s websites from time to time as sometimes they do have good sales or Friends& Family events. Bare Minerals has a sale almost every Friday on their website and that’s a good way to try some of their products. And also Urban Decay puts some of their products on sale after a while and you can get a palette for no more than $15-20 bucks.

      Uff, I hope that helps but if you have any more questions, let me know.

  2. MarinaD says:

    My personal favorite is Maybelline Line Stylist in Espresso. I have very oily eyelids and it wears for 12 hours without a hitch. The only trade off for such longevity is that you can’t smudge it, but it’s perfect for drawing thin or thick lines. If you prefer something more creamy, try Maybelline Unstoppable eye liner in Espresso as well. This one wears well, just don’t expect to get 12 hours from it.

  3. Laarni says:

    I love this eye look! Definitely, the eyeliner gave your eyes a beautiful definition and your eyes popped out! Your eyes are naturally seductive! And I love your makeup products you mentioned here! I haven’t tried any brown eyeliner yet but I only trust one product, which is MAC’s fluidline blacktrack.

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Laarni, thanks so much for your kind words! I feel really flattered. I am not a black liner girl but maybe I should try Mac’s Fluidline in Rich Ground? What brush do you use to apply it?

  4. howdoesdeedoit says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous look Agata! Whaaaa I never noticed that 15 anniversary palette by UD. Looks like I definitely missed out. For brown eyeliners gosh I have so many…actually GOSH has a beautiful matte brown that I love. Pupa MIlano has some gorgeous browns and my recent favorite coppery brown (altho a teeny bit *too*soft ) is smolder eyes in Sunstone Bronze by Tarte. I have so many more too lol but those are my current favs!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Thank you, Dee. I have been really enjoying wearing this look too. UD Anniversary palette is beautiful and it has so many pretty shades. And thank you for your eyeliner recommendations 🙂

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Divya, you’re right- it’s still quite lot of products but it’s definitely less compared to what I usually wear. It was just a simple look that required little effort. And thank you very much for your sweet compliment 🙂

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