Jun 12 2015

My Go-To Eyes for Work: In Five Minutes or Less!


Most of us have a morning routine. I don’t know about any of you, but I like my sleep – sometimes a little too much. And so there are those hurried mornings when I’m a bit pressed for time. Today I’m sharing my go-to eyes for work on such occasions, featuring some of my favorite cream products of life: The Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks.

Eyes for Work - Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Holiday Set

Now I’m not one that typically prefers cream products, generally speaking. But when it comes to the eyes, I love a good cream pot or shadow stick. They just make life so much easier. For this easy five minute look (which I’ve worn almost everyday this week), I’m using: Cocoa, a matte dark brown, and Moon Light, a metallic champagne beige. You can check out swatches in my original review of the Caviar Sticks here.

Eyes for Work - Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Cocoa
Eyes for Work Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Moonlight

First step: After doing my brows and whatnot, I take a bit of Cocoa and apply it to the outer third of the eye. Then using a small, crease brush (this one here is the *e.l.f. Essential Eye Crease Brush), I quickly blend it out, taking the colour a little further up on the lid like so:

Eyes for Work - Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

Second and Third Step: Place Moonlight all over the lid. I usually blend it in with my fingers. Then I go back on with Cocoa on the outer half of the lower lash line.

Eyes for Work - Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

Finally, I add a little bit of Moonlight to the inner corner of the eye and inner half of the lower lash.

Eyes for Work - Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

The final “eyes for work” look, with two coats of mascara (Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes):

Eyes for Work - Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

Truth be told, this look actually takes me about three minutes. But I said five to be safe. I can pair these simple, versatile eyes with almost any other color combination on the lips and cheeks.  And the best part? I got an extra ten minutes of sleep. 🙂


P.S. This is my first “tutorial” style post. Hope you all enjoyed and it turned out alright. xo




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  1. Dagmara (@mummyscorner)

    Simple but so pretty, Kimmy! I personally prefer powder eyeshadows but they do look like they blend effortlessly! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, my friend. These just make things so easy early in the morning. xo

  2. rachelshuchat

    I love cream shadows! I normally set them with powder either way, but they are certainly quick and easy! Love the tutorial!


    1. Kimmy

      Thanks, Rachel – maybe one day I’ll be as good at these as you. 🙂

  3. Shireen L. Platt

    I have both these shades but not Laura Mercier of course (lol!) but from Rimmel Scandaleyes so I can try recreating this today! What a simple, quick but lovely eye makeup, Kimmy!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  4. Beautylymin

    Love this look! xx


    1. Kimmy

      Thank you! xo

  5. Silke Laura

    Beautiful, warm look! For Uni, I tend to leave my eyes bare apart from some mascara ofcourse. I struggle with eyeshadows and sticks for a daily look (Honestly, I usually take so long to perfect my base, that I don’t have time left for eyemakeup!). Like you said, I’d rather sleep 10 more minutes :’)

    1. Kimmy

      Aww, sweetie, thank you. Your skin is always so flawless! Sleep is definitely high up on the list, hehe. xo

  6. plus+beauty27

    Great look! Very nice!! 🙂 xo

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Katie! xo

  7. Becky

    A simple yet very pretty look! 😀 This would be a good reference once I start working again 🙂

    1. Kimmy

      Aww, thank you, Becky. I’m so happy this was helpful for you! xo

  8. Sunny

    Hey Kimmy, thanks for the tutorial! I love LM Caviar Sticks and I own both shades. It’s interesting because I never start from the crease! I should give that a go and see how the result is different from my usual application order 😉

    1. Kimmy

      Really? I always start from the crease. Maybe I should also try it the other way around? 🙂

      1. Sunny

        Whoa this IS interesting! I always do lid first and crease last!

        1. Kimmy

          I tried it the other way around this morning – the main difference that I could see is that in doing the crease part last some of the “shimmer” from Moonlight mixes with Cocoa and so you get a more shimmery look overall. That is, on the way my lid is shaped anyway. Such a fun experiment. 🙂 xo

  9. Alina

    Cream eyeshadow sticks like these are my absolute favourite to use for quick & simple makeup looks. I love how you’ve combined the shades for a natural yet such gorgeous look x

    Beauty with charm

    1. Kimmy

      Thanks, Alina. I’m working on getting better at these types of posts. Really appreciate your positive feedback! xo

  10. iamserenel

    Gorgeous eye makeup Tutorial Kimmy, the sparkle is just the right amount and perfect that it can be done in just 5 mins <3 those shadow sticks are heavenlyyyyy!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    1. Kimmy

      Serene, I can’t recommend the LM Caviar Sticks enough – they truly are heavenly. Love. Obsession. Hehe.

  11. Jaa

    Guess what, I’ve been wearing Moonlight like crazy lately, too! Alone as well as topped with powder eyeshadows. And my application is pretty much the same as yours! LOL Great tutorial, Kimmy! Very easy to follow! 😀

    1. Kimmy

      Isn’t Moonlight fantastic?!? I love it! I don’t know what I’m going to do when I finish these sticks. And thank you for your kind words. It helps in encouraging me to try posts like this more often. xoxo

  12. Ingrid Stump

    The Caviar Sticks are perfect for a quick look! I usually just use Amethyst when I’m in a hurry. I should try to add Cocoa in the outer corners like you did, because it looks awesome! P.S. Great tutorial!

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Ingrid. I really appreciate that coming from you – the eye makeup goddess. 🙂 Amethyst is another one I love to use regularly. xo

      1. Ingrid Stump

        Whoa, the eye makeup goddess? Man, I am beyond flattered!!! Thank you for making my day, Kimmy!

        1. Kimmy

          Of course girl, your looks inspire me! xo

  13. Laura/Pink Frenzy (@Pink_Frenzy)

    These kind of chubby eye shadow sticks are so handy to have when you are on the go. Great post hun xx

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Laura. I really appreciate that. And yes, eye shadow sticks are definitely very, very handy. Love ’em. xo

  14. Feyi

    I really like this simple, natural eye look. And that mascara looks great. 🙂

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