Subtle Eye Makeup Looks

At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), DC, we believe that when it comes to makeup, sometimes you just need to keep it simple. You can do subtle eye makeup looks that still make you look chic, polished, and put-together. To help you out, we’ve created a list of five subtle eye makeup looks that look beautiful without involving a whole lot of effort.

Actress Keira Knightley in a natural makeup look.

The “No-Makeup” Eye Look

For this look, it’s all about making sure you look awake and vibrant. Use light-reflecting concealer to brighten and lift your under-eye area. Then focus on your lashes and brows. Long, curled lashes open up your eyes, making you look more awake. When the brows are full, defined, and slightly arched, it makes the eyelids look lifted and awake. It will also draw attention away from underneath your eyes if that’s an area of concern for you. If you want to wear eyeshadow, stick to neutral colors like taupe, brown, nude, light pink, cream, and tan. Make sure to use an eyeshadow primer so you don’t have to deal with annoying creasing throughout the day!

Singer RIhanna wearing bronze, shimmery eye makeup.

The Shimmery Bronze Eye Look

Believe it or not, shimmer eyeshadows can be subtle. To create this subtle, glowy, bronze look, start with a light shimmer eyeshadow all over your eyelid. This works as a great base shade. After you do this, start adding the bronze shade from the point where the light shimmer ends at the center of the eyelid. To really sculpt the look, use a contouring eyeshadow brush. To make your eyes look awake and bright, use the same light shimmer shade in the inner corners for highlighting. Top off with a few coats of mascara and natural brows, and you’re all set!

Actress Eva Green with subtle cat eyeliner.

The Subtle Cat Eye

The cat flick is a classic makeup look. While this look can be dramatic, it’s also possible to make it subtle. You can create a subtle cat eye with various types of eyeliner, including gel, liquid, pencil, and powder. With whatever product you choose, start in the middle of the upper lid and draw the line as close to your lash line as possible. For a subtle look, draw a thin line. Then move to the inner corner and start to move towards the other line you drew. For that feline “flick”, draw a thin line outwards, starting from the very outer corner of your lash line. Then draw another thin line from the flick back to your upper lash line, creating a small triangle on the eyelid. To finish the look, fill in the triangle with your eyeliner. To keep it subtle, finish off with a neutral eyeshadow, lightly defined brows, and a few coats of mascara.

Pop star Beyonce wears a subtle smokey eye.

The Simple Smokey Eye

Smokey eyes are great for evenings out, but they can also be worn during the daytime. Start with an eyeshadow primer and then apply a nude matte base all over the lid. This evens out the color of your lid and blends all the eyeshadow colors together. Next, apply a darker brown or gold shimmer across the lid and blend it out to erase harsh lines. Choose two matte brown colors. Apply the lighter of the two to your crease and blend well. Then apply the darker color to your eyes’ outer corners. Use an eyeliner brush to extend the outer shadow along the upper and lower lash lines. Smudge it out for a soft effect instead of a harsh line. To highlight the inner corners of the eyes and the brow bone, apply a shimmery white or champagne color.

Actress Emmy Rossum wearing chic blue eyeshadow.

The Wearable Blue Eye

Who says you can’t experiment with color? While blue eyeshadow may seem scary or outdated, when done correctly it can be a great way to jazz up your look. Start with a matte nude eyeshadow for your base and then define the crease with a matte gray. Using whatever blue shade you prefer, define the outer corner of your lid and softly fade it inward. To keep the look subtle, you don’t need to use blue on your entire eyelid. To soften up the gray crease, use a matte brown shadow. You can then highlight the inner corners of your eyes with a shimmery silver, white, or champagne shade.

Want to Learn How to do These Looks?

Want to become a master of the subtle smokey eye? Interested in perfecting the feline flick? You should consider our cosmetology program at TSPA DC. Contact us to learn more or schedule a tour. We’d love to hear from you!

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Get Your Side Hustle On As a Makeup Artist!

Learning how to do makeup professionally can lead to a fun and fast paced career! There are a lot of different jobs within the beauty industry. There is also a variety of programs that you can earn certifications in at a school. Some schools have associations with specific product lines and companies which allows the school to provide the students with experience using great products. At The Salon Professional Academy DC (TSPA DC), we are proud to be launching a MUD Advanced Makeup Program. The MUD makeup program at TSPA DC is designed to train our students to high, professional standards. After students complete the program, they are awarded a MUD Makeup Certification! Here are a few of the jobs you can get once you have your makeup certificate. Many of them can be done on the side, creating the perfect side-hustle to keep your beauty creativity flowing!


Brides-to-be are always looking for a good makeup artist that they know can make them glow on their special day. Weddings are also nice because there’s more than one opportunity to do makeup, such as engagement and invitation photos. Doing makeup for a bride requires attention to detail and knowledge of the best products. Having the skill and ability to complement the skin of the bride with good tones and techniques will make her feel that much better on the best day of her life! Once the bridemaids see how beautiful she looks when you’re done, they will be calling you on their wedding days, too. Weddings are one of the best side jobs!
Makeup artist side jobs


Photographers are good people to network with if you want to get some makeup side gigs. They are taking photos of people all the time whether it be high fashion, print ads, or anything inbetween. More often than not, these photographers could use a professional makeup artist to help the models look great for the camera! Find as many local photographers as you can and contact them to offer your services. If they all have your number, you’ll probably get enough calls to keep you busy.
Makeup artist side jobs


You’re bound to run into some people who want you do their costume makeup during the holidays. Halloween is a big holiday when it comes to doing crazy makeup jobs. If you post on social media and let people know you can help them create a spooky look for Halloween, you’ll probably get a few people wanting your expertise. Also, haunted houses often like to hire professional makeup artists to help prepare the ghosts and ghouls who are doing the spooking! This is a really fun side gig that will allow you to go all out and create some crazy looks that you wouldn’t normally be able to.
Makeup artist side jobs

Prom and Homecoming

High school dances are a big deal! Students go all out with dresses, hair, and makeup. This means it’s a perfect opportunity to do some side jobs! Every year the trending looks for these dances change and helping a girl find the perfect look for homecoming or prom can help make it a night to remember.

These are just a few makeup side gigs that you can do in addition to working in a salon. What other ones do you know about? To learn more about the MUD makeup program, contact us! You can also schedule a visit to see what TSPA DC has to offer you. We’re excited to see you!