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I'm Caitlin Israel, a twenty-something midwesterner with a penchant for neutrals, donuts, and makeup.
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'Not so Nude' Stila makeup tutorial

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Stila Not so Nude Palette | Mac Be Nice Mineralize Lipglass | Eyeko Black Magic Mascara | Stila Stay all Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner | Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer | Real Techniques Stippling Brush 

Lately I’ve been reaching for my Not so Nude palette from Stila (I bought mine at Ulta), and it’s a surprisingly versatile palette. It’s great for eyes and face, and because I’ve been using it so much lately, I thought I’d create a work-day appropriate look using the palette (and a few other products). Read on for full instructions, as well as other products I used.

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Starting with a bare face, apply a primer all over your eyelid. I like both Lorac’s Behind the Scenes Eye Primer and Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. This will help your eyeshadow from creasing and moving throughout the day.

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Begin by taking a small eyeshadow brush and applying “sugar” from the palette all over the lid. Then take a fluffy crease brush (I used this one) and apply “mink” in the crease, blending fully and concentrating the majority of the color in the outer corner.

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Take another fluffy crease brush (I used this one) and apply “fawn” over “mink.” Blend fawn slightly above the crease to give a layered effect. Then take a medium eyeshadow brush and pat the color “dolce” all over the lid below the darker crease colors, concentrating most of the color near the lash line. Blend where the gold color meets the dark crease colors to create a seamless transition.

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Applying the color “buff” as a brow highlight. Then line your eyes with a black or dark brown liquid eyeliner. I gave mine a slight wing and helped create a perfect wing with the guitar pick that came with my Eyeko mascara.

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Apply mascara of your choice. Then use a stippling brush to apply the color “lily” from the palette to your cheeks.

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Use a fluffier stippling brush to apply “kitten” as a highlighter to the top of your cheekbones and wherever else you want to highlight. Then apply a pretty coral lip gloss (mine is Mac in “Be Nice”).

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And voila! A very work-appropriate shimmery look that’s perfect for the warm spring weather that will soon be headed our way.

Other products I used in this look (such as my foundation, concealer, etc.):

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