How Are Regular People So Good At Makeup These Days?

For people who don’t normally wear makeup, the wide world of cosmetics can seem pretty daunting. It seems like everybody on Instagram knows how to get their brows on point and how to get the perfect cut crease, and we’re just out here like, “how do I do an eyeliner wing?”

These people taught themselves how to do makeup, with the help of the handy dandy internet, of course. They’ve posted these pictures of their gorgeous selves and kindly listed the products they used to get their looks. Read on if you want to find out what these ladies are wearing, and if you want to see some bomb (and totally doable) makeup looks.

’50s, Flirty, And Fun


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This pinup inspired makeup look is so fantastically ’50s. I like how she’s rocking her pale skin tone and gorgeous red hair.

The best parts of this look: definitely the lips and the eyebrows. She used Anastasia Dipbrow in Caramel, and a Nyx micro brow pencil in Auburn to get those ginger brows. The lipstick is Sephora’s cream lip stain in 01 Always Red.

A Real Slam Dunk


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This look really takes my breath away. I wish I could be half as talented as this girl. She chose her color palette to match the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Everything goes so perfectly with her hair and eye color. She got the ombre effect on her lips with Kat Von D’s liquid lipsticks in Damned” and Underage Red. All the eyeshadows she used came from Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance palette.

A Makeover For Mom


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A very talented makeup artist gave her mother an awesome makeover. This artistry makes me so excited to wear makeup when I get older, and it’s inspiring me to do my mom’s makeup the next time I go back home.

This lady is wearing Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Mac Strobe in Peachlite, and Bobbi Brown foundation. The highlight comes courtesy of Illamasqua, and the lipliner is Charlotte Tilbury in Pillowtalk.

A Cut Crease On A Creaseless Monolid


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With some eyeshadow and some excellent blending, this makeup artist was able to fake an eyelid crease. Let me assure you, this is no easy task.

She used Zahara’s Vintage Romance palette, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner (a classic), and Absolute New York’s metallic liner in Solar. Keep reading for a girl who modeled her makeup look after a trending soft drink.

Gold All Day Every Day


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We all know and love Trophy Wife, the very gold highlighter that Rhianna so graciously gave to us as part of her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line. If you don’t know it, you should.

For some of us, this product is a little too blinding as a highlighter. Using it as an eyeshadow is a wonderful alternative.

Making Yellow Shadow Daytime Wearable


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This look is absolutely stunning, especially for blue eyes. This makes me want to go out and get a whole bunch of yellow eyeshadow.

This talented lady is wearing Sephora 10 hr wear foundation, Hoola bronzer, Nyx liquid suede lipstick in Orange County, and a bunch of gorgeous shadows from the Morphe 35b palette.

La Croix Inspired Makeup Look


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This is so beautiful, I don’t even know where to start. I love how this looks abstract but nowhere near messy. It would be a perfect festival makeup look.

She created this look using Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner, Too Faced Liquid Art Eyeliner in Pure White, Juvia’s Place Zulu Eyeshadow Palette, and Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Cathedral.

Then Vs. Now: A Makeup Evolution


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There are four years between the picture on the left and the picture on the right. This is how much you can improve your makeup skills with just a little bit of practice.

I love everything about the look on the right. I may try it out myself tomorrow. In that photo, she’s wearing The Ordinary Serum foundation, Cover fx cream concealer, Lime Crime Venus eyeshadow in Rouge and Venus in the center of her eyes.

A Christmas Eve Makeup Look


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I think this girl looks stunning with and without makeup, but those lashes and that red lipstick are killer. This look would be perfect for a Christmas Eve party.

She’s wearing Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, Benefit Gimme Brow, Benefit They’re Real mascara with Unicorn lashes, and Mac Viva Glam lipstick with Mac Brick lip liner.

Sugar Plum Fairy Makeup


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I cannot get over how adorable this look is. Those white freckles and the blush and highlight combination on her nose remind me of a cute cartoon character.

This lady is wearing NARS Luminous Foundation in Macao and Cadiz, Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule, NYX Gel Eyeliner & Smudger ‘White’ for the snow freckles, a whole bunch of eyeshadows, and a simple Buxom lip balm.

A Copper And Gold Halo Eye


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I love how monochrome this whole look is. Everything ties together so nicely. It looks so clean and simple, and so glam at the same time.

This girl is wearing Rimmel Stay Matter Primer and Foundation, Tarte blush in Risqué, Lime Crime Riot Lipstick, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, Colour Pop Lunch Money highlighter, and Kiss Demi Wispies lashes.

Intense Winged Liner And A Bold Brow


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This look is bold and neutral at the same time. The thick, winged liner really pulls your focus to her gorgeous eyes, and her highlighter is blinding me right now.

In this picture, she’s wearing Anastasia Dipbrow in Ebony, Hema brow gel, Essence Liquid Ink eyeliner in black, and Aliexpress lashes. The lips are Kylie Cosmetics Dolce k liquid lip topped with a pink Essence gloss.

Wearable Bright Colors


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This look has somehow managed to be colorful and understated at the same time. It’s very bright, but it doesn’t distract from her natural beauty.

This girl created her makeup look with Kiko Matte Face Base, Nars Creamy Radiant concealer in Vanilla Light, a Rimmel highlight/blush/contour palette, NYX Ultimate Shadow palette, Kiko Ultimate Pen Long Wear eyeliner, and Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss lipstick in Magick.

A Gorgeous Natural Look


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This is how you do the “no makeup, makeup” thing right. She looks absolutely radiant. Everything about this is flawless.

If you want to copy her look, she used, Urban Decay Vitamin B6 priming spray, Benefit poreless primer, Laura Mercier translucent setting powder, Nars radiant tinted moisturizer, NARS radiant creamy concealer, NARS Blush in Orgasm, Tarte Swamp Queen eye palette, Tarte Parkave Princess contour, Sephora eye pencil in Tiramisu, Maybelline Full and Soft Mascara, Because liquid light in Opal, and NYX lip lingerie in Aphrodisiac. That’s a lot of makeup for a no makeup look.

A Literal Take On WInged Liner


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This creative lady decided to adorn her eyes with some blue butterflies in honor of the new spring season. This look takes winged eyeliner to a whole nother level.

To get this fluttery look, she used a lot of Bare Minerals face products, Bare Minerals Round the Clock liner in 4AM, Morphe single shadows in Aquatic Earth, Porcelain, Breakfast at Tifaneez, Coal, and I got the Blues, NYX Cosmetics Matte liquid eyeliner in black, Bare Minerals loose eyeshadows in Blue Moon and 2000, Bare Minerals eyeshadow in Boardroom, and Bare Minerals Matte Liquid lipstick in Om.

A Dark And Moody Matte Eye Look


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Normally I wear a diffused warm brown color in my crease and a lighter (sometimes metallic) color on my lid, but this look is making want to try something a bit riskier. This look is super dramatic, and it doesn’t even use any liquid liner.

This lady is wearing eyeshadows from the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette, Chi Chi black shadow, Manicare lashes, Essence extreme volume mascara, and Chi Chi brow pomade.

Honeycomb Cut Crease


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This golden look is blowing my mind. The metallic stripe under the lash line is so subtle and perfectly placed. I kind of want to scrub off all of my eye makeup and try this right now.

This look was created using Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, Wet’n’wild Photofocus eyeshadow primer, Makeup Revolution Reloaded Iconic Division (the mustard yellow, burnt ochre, warm brown and pale peach), Makeup Revolution Flawless 4, Nyx Ultimate Brights (both yellow shades), Makeup Revolution Soph Eyeshadow palette, Stila Glitter and glow liquid eyeshadow in Kitten Karma.

A Golden Cut Crease On Hooded Eyes


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This eye look combines a lot of the colors and techniques we’ve seen on this list already.

This girl put her unique take on a cut crease with products like BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Ultimate Brow Palette, Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer, Huda Beauty’s Rose Gold palette, Inglot shadows and Stila Magnificent Metals in Kitten Karma, a whole lot of liquid liner, and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Waterproof in Very Black.

Elementary School Teacher Glam


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This elementary school teacher like to bring a little glam into her classroom. She could definitely teach me a thing or two about makeup.

In this picture, she’s wearing IT cosmetics illuminate CC + in fair, Maybelline fit me concealer in fair, Hourglass ambient lighting blush, ABH brow wiz in dark brown, eyeshadow from the JH Morphe palette, the shade “heaven” from the Too Faced natural eye palette, Mac black track pot, and Kat Von D’s Lolita liquid lipstick.

Just A Touch Of Shimmer


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This eye look is sparkling perfection. It’s sharp and shimmery and it complements her lovely blue eyes.

You can get this look with products like BH dipbrow in soft brown, Elf’s mad for matte eyeshadow palette, ABH’s fair contour kit, NYX’s ultimate shadow palette ‘Brights,’ Klara Cosmetics’ n.02 pro palette, Smashbox Photo Op eyeshadow trio in Filter, ABH Modern Renaissance, Nyx’s ultimate matte liner, Sigma ethereal shimmer, Revlon eye art – burnished bling, and L’Oréal Lash Paradise.