Simple Makeup Routine For Formal Events

Need to get glammed up? Try this simple routine with MUA Michelle Majuru.

About the Author

A professional freelance makeup artist for over 6 years and has worked with some of the biggest brands including MAC Cosmetics & MAYBELLINE. Michelle has also worked with International Music Artists and was the official makeup artist for H.E.R. and hairstylist for UK’s Lady Leshurr. Michelle’s specialty is catering to all skin complexions and providing a professional, unique and unforgettable makeup service experience to all her clients.

Your go to glam look doesn’t have to be messy and complicated. Event looks that are simple, classic and defined are sometimes the most beautiful, and easy to perfect.

In this routine MUA Michelle Majuru shows us how to master a sultry eye look and a bold lip for formal events. Not only is this look incredibly glamorous, it is also super straightforward and easy to master at home.

This is the perfect look for your next event if you love keeping things simple and chic.


How do I do makeup for a formal event?

No matter what event your attending, makeup is ultimately about what makes you feel comfortable and confident. It’s really much more about personal style than it is about conforming to a particular look.

However, we do understand that formal events are occasions that many of us like to go a bit extra and try something new with our makeup. So, we’ve put together this routine for those wanting to get just a little outside their comfort zone, while keeping it simple and cool. 

Also, if you love this look for your everyday glam routine, we love and appreciate that too! No event required. 

Evening makeup step-by-step:

Step 1: An even complexion

Step 1: An even complexion

To even out her complexion, Michelle applies the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation SPF15 with a dense foundation brush, using dabbing motions to blend in the product. She also suggests you can use a damp beauty sponge.

Step 2: Creaseless concealer

Step 2: Creaseless concealer

Nest, apply the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer to your under eye area and your smile lines, and blend out with a small tapered brush or a beauty blender using dabbing motions again. For extra brightness you can use a concentrated amount of an extra light concealer where you get the most darkness under your eyes. You can also add a small amount down your nose and chin.

Step 3: Translucent veil 

Step 3: Translucent veil 

Set your under eyes with a thin veil of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Loose Translucent Powder and apply the product lightly with a small tapered brush.

Step 4: Cream contour

Step 4: Cream contour

For her contour, Michelle actually uses the ICONIC London Pigment Foundation Stick in a few shades darker than her skin tone. She draws this product directly onto her skin, outlining just below her cheekbone and her hair line before blending them out with her foundation brush.

Step 5: Warm matte bronzer

Step 5: Warm matte bronzer

Michelle goes over the shape she has created with the Benefit Hoola Bronzer- Toasted with a contour brush for added warmth and definition.

Step 6: Strobing cream

Step 6: Strobing cream

Next, apply a small amount of the Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream - Iced Bronze to the highpoints of your cheeks with a small tapered highlighter brush. You can use your fingers to help merge this product with the skin. 

Step 7: Caramel lid shade

Step 7: Caramel lid shade

For the eyes, take some of the Benefit Hoola Bronzer- Caramel on a small fluffy brush and blend it into your crease using circular motions. Remember to take this shade onto your lower lash line as well. 

Step 8: Bold lip

Step 8: Bold lip

Be bold with the Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in 302 Hollywood. Apply several coats using the precise applicator for the best effect. This matte lip colour feels weightless on the lips and is incredibly long lasting.

The Final Look: The Bold and the Beautiful

The Final Look: The Bold and the Beautiful

We hope you enjoyed Michelle’s easy glam look for formal events. If you have oily skin or need to make this look extra long lasting we recommend adding some extra powder and finishing with one of our fabulous setting sprays




This routine was transcribed by India Williams.




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