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Soft neutrals: a daytime, bridal, or evening eye look ft. Esqido, Clinique, and Annabelle

The moment I swatched Jenna’s Essentials for the first time, I knew I had to create a makeup look using it. Something simple; maybe just an eye, with easy options for making it more or less bold…

So here’s a quick tutorial for a soft, pretty eye makeup look, in bullet form. If you do choose to give it a go, I hope you have fun with it!

Jenna's Essentials natural smokey eye tutorial

Clinique Jenna’s Essentials with Inglot M346 (matte lilac), Annabelle Night Light glitter liner, and Annabelle Expandable mascara

The basic steps

1. To begin, prime your eyelids (I used NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base), then apply the shimmering sandy taupe from Jenna’s Essentials across the entire lid.

2. Next, add the second shade (satin-matte chocolate brown), blending a small amount onto the outer half of the lid.

3. Follow up with the first shade of the palette (shimmery white) to highlight the inner corner, and a matte skin-shade around the outer edges to blend things out (I used MAC Blanc Type).

4. Finish up with Jenna’s Essentials by using the galaxy black as a liner shade, creating a small, subtle flick at the outer corner. Curl the lashes, then add a quick coat of mascara (Annabelle Expandable).

Soft neutral smokey eye - bridal inspired

Clinique Jenna’s Essentials with Annabelle Night Light

The rest of these steps are optional, and each adds an extra bit of interest to the eye look.

  • To add a bit of sparkle to the eye, add a clear, shimmering liquid liner to the centre of your upper lashline– I used Annabelle Glitterama Liquid Eyeliner in Night Light. (This glitter liner is really delicate and pretty, making it appropriate for both a day look and a night out!)
  • If you prefer a cooler neutral eye, blend a small amount of a light, matte lilac through the lid (Inglot M346), concentrating on the centre of the lid.
  • For a really dramatic finished product, add a pair of false lashes — I used Esqido Mink Eyelashes in Unforgettable with Duo lash glue.
  • For nighttime intensity, apply the eyeshadows wet, and use a black liquid liner instead of the soft black shadow from Jenna’s Essentials.

Natural wedding makeup tutorial Unforgettable mink Esqido lashes

Jenna’s Essentials, Inglot M346, and Esqido Unforgettable lashes (inner corner trimmed on right)

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MAC Eye Shadow in Blanc Type ($15 USD)

Clinique All About Shadow quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials ($28 USD/$35 CAD | review)

NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base ($25 USD/$29 CAD)

Annabelle Glitterama Liquid Eyeliner in Night Light ($8.95 CAD)

Inglot Eye Shadow in M346 ($7 USD)

Esqido Mink Eyelashes in Unforgettable ($36 USD)

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    Ahh pretty! I really should try some Esqido lashes! They seem so much more real than a lot of the falsies you see around :)
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    • Review coming up soon! (Spoiler: they look awesome, but they're really uncomfortable :()

      • sylirael

        D'OH! :-P I was going to say that the lashes looked so pretty, it might motivate me to try some falsies for the first time…having been previously put off by a)the super terrifying ultrafake ones and b) the thought of how uncomfortable they must be.

        That being said, they are very pretty. As is the rest of the look!
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        • Thanks, Syl!

          If you want to try something comfortable with a more natural look, individual lashes are a great option! They're honestly not very hard at all to apply, and (because they don't have a band,) they're SUPER comfortable. They do take a little longer to put on (a half-lash/demi-lash is a great option for comfort + ease), but it might be worth it if you have sensitive eyes :)

  • scoo06

    Those lashes look so so natural Rae! they are the best i have seen on anyone.. most of them are pretty "fake" looking and definitely not a look I'd go for! Your eye makeup is beautiful! :-)
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    • Oh, wow — those are some pretty high praises! ;) I'll have a review of the lashes up as soon as I can!

      I'm glad you liked the eye makeup :) Thanks!

  • Love this neutral eye, and those lashes are gorgeous! I definitely want to try them one day… but I ask myself – when and where am I going to wear them to? LOL!

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    • Haha, I get that!! I have an entire stash of lashes in my closet that have gone completely untouched over the years.

  • beautyreflections2013

    Really pretty Rae! And the lashes look really natural! Love it!
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  • m (em)

    this is gorgeous!

  • Jaa

    Those lashes!!!! Omg! Please don't get me wrong. This is a really nice eye look but the lashes totally took it to the next level!
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  • BellaChique

    Oooh, I'm loving this look a lot! I think that hint of sparkly liner is a pretty brilliant idea! It really adds so much interest to the look. ^^

    • That liner is my LIFE, Teri. (Not literally). There's nothing quite as pretty as a clear-with-reflects glitter liner!

  • love the lashes on you!
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  • glittergeek

    Wow! Those lashes are so perfect on your eyes. Perfectly flirty! Flirty whale. :)

    And lady, you are the queen of soft eye makeup. So ethereal and it totally reminds me of Dolce & Gabbana runway looks.
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  • Wow those are some of the most natural lashes I've seen, gorgeous!
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  • Beautiful!
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