The Perfect Daytime Makeup Look

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I’ve been wanting the perfect daytime makeup look, so when my friend Kim, spa director of the nSpa in Delray Beach, invited me in for a makeup tutorial, I booked my appointment ASAP!

I walked into the spa with a clean face, ready to learn.  Kim introduced me to Ellie, the resident painter turned makeup specialist (she also does hair amazingly BTW), and off I was whisked to the makeup chair!

Let the Games Begin!

Ellie started with asking me what my usual makeup routine is, and aside from winging it with some bronzer, mascara, eyeliner, and under eye concealer I didn’t have much of a “usual makeup routine”.  I told her to treat me as if I am a clean slate – I needed all the help and tips I could get!

my before face photo
Do you love my brown towel bandanna?

Mark your calendar for a fun filled Facebook Live with Kim and Ellie as we go through my makeup bag.  On September 15th at 1:00 p.m., we will go over what is good, bad, ugly (kidding), expiration dates…get your questions ready!



We started with a conversation about foundation.  I had never used foundation until that day, always thinking it was too much – too heavy, would make me sweat, fake looking…you name it, I made every excuse not to wear it.  Until now…

Ellie shows me how to properly apply foundation, feathering it on so that it smooths naturally onto my skin.  Once applied, I was happily surprised that it wasn’t heavy and evened out my skin tone nicely!  The CC foundation is paraben free and has Cayoma olive extract to help reduce brown spots, protect the skin from free radicals and prevent premature skin aging – my kind of product!

applying foundation

The brushes you use do make a difference, both in application and longevity.

Under Eye Concealer

I am loving the new under eye concealer infused with vitamin E and caffeine.  Applied to the semi circle beneath my eyes with the attached super soft sponge applicator, it helped to camouflage the dark circles and wasn’t heavy at all.

The Perfect Daytime Makeup Look under eye concealer

Highlight and Contour

I am the last person to talk to about contouring and highlighting, although I love the after affects.  Ellie showed me how and where to apply highlighter:

  • Under the arch of each brow
  • Interior corner of each eye (really helps you look more awake!)
  • At the top of your cheekbones – line up from your pupil to the top of your cheekbone
  • Cupid’s bow

applying highlighter to the upper cheekbones

For contouring she used a special brush and some bronzer to accentuate my cheekbones, making them more chiseled and defined. Applying the bronzer in an upward motion from the center of the cheekbone to the top really makes a difference.


I was taught blush should be used sparingly on the apples of the cheeks.  Smile and apply!

makeup brushes

Eyes & Lips


Ellie showed me how to build on my eyeshadow color.  Start with a skin tone across the whole lid and slowly build from the eye’s outer corner toward the center of the eye. Apply eyeliner (liquid is her eyeliner of choice) from the pupil to the outer corner.  Ellie recommended to also apply liner on the insider upper waterline in the same area.


Mascara application is the usual – apply from the base of the lash outward to the lash tip.  A few coats should do the trick.

Lipstick & Liner

I haven’t used lip liner in a long time.  I usually grab a gloss and go.  Ellie showed me how to properly apply liner – along the true lip line (not inside or outside).  She recommended to also color the upper and lower lips with the liner as it helps to preserve color and help the lipstick itself to stay longer.

nSpa Daytime Makeup Look lip liner

Apply the lipstick with a lipstick brush as it will better smooth into the lip’s natural lines.

The Final Look

This new everyday makeup look is my new routine.  I don’t go as heavy with the eyeshadow color – I keep it more neutral but now know how to build the color naturally, which is a game changer.

It takes me maybe 10 minutes every morning to apply.  I end up applying lipgloss throughout the day, more so for moisturizing than anything.

nSpa Perfect Daytime Makeup Look Ellie and I
Ellie and I on the nSpa patio

What is your daily makeup routine?  What products are your favorite?  Comment below – I’d love to know!

If you’d like to schedule a lesson with Ellie, all you have to do is call up the nSpa (561) 278-8111.  Tell her Pellerini sent you (and tell her I said hi!).

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

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69 thoughts on “The Perfect Daytime Makeup Look”

  1. You are so naturally gorgeous, you barely need any makeup at all! And you have been blessed with NO baggies under your eyes!!!! #luckylady

  2. You look great with and without makeup. I’m obsessed with makeup too and love this tutorial.

  3. You look fabulous. I should try this. I admit, I don’t wear a lot of makeup so I end up just looking tired. I should at least start with some concealer for the dark circles under my eyes.

  4. Great post, I am terrible at applying make up so this is a huge help – I had no idea that you need to put concealer all around your eye. You look lovely.

  5. You have such good skin already! I was surprised at how bright your face looked in the before pic – glad you got to try this out.

  6. I’m slowly starting to wear makeup more and more as I get older and love the subtle look. Where you can still tell your wearing makeup, but has a natural look.

  7. You know I’m 49 years old and I gave up on makeup a long time ago (although I continue to purchase it lol) and haven’t worn it in years. I grew up in a house of men so didn’t learn these things. This one blog post taught me more than I’ve ever known and actually gives me the confidence to give it a try! Maybe I’ll be able to get some use from all of the products! Thank you and I’m pinning it.

  8. I am not sure about lipliner yet. I think it tends to make me look older (I am 61 so I don’t want any of that!) but I do love a deep lip color.

  9. This is such a great look! I could totally do with some ideas on how to do my daytime make up as I haven’t worn anything in forever!

  10. You look absolutely gorgeous even without make up. I do like every single one of the tips you have here because I’m always trying to find ways to make it easier to put make up on.

  11. I love your tips here. I never put concealer around my whole eye but I’m going to try it out.

  12. Thank you for sharing step-by-step details of your fun make-over! I wish I could find an eyeshadow look that I would feel comfortable with. You’ve just inspired me to play around with colors a bit and discover some new looks and techniques!

  13. These are amazing makeup tips! I have always struggled with wondering if I am doing my makeup right, getting someone to show me what to do on my face would be amazing!

  14. You really know how to do your make up. It looks fresh and tidy. I like it’s simplicity overall, thanks for the tips!

  15. Jeni Hawkins

    That make up tutorial is so easy to follow. You look beautiful with or without make up. Your daytime make up is awesome!

  16. This is a great look and some really useful advice here! I don’t know much about makeup but it looks like you definitely know what you’re doing!

  17. I love how easy you make it seem to put this type of day time makeup look on. I never grew up wearing makeup, even though my mother wore it daily and to this day she won’t leave the house without makeup on. I’ll be sharing this tip with my makeup-wearing friends, it’s so simple and beautiful!

  18. I really love this look. I don’t wear to much makeup myself.This would be a great look for someone like myself too. Not a whole lot of makeup, but just enough.

  19. I have to admit, I’m pretty nervous that I will have to be able to help my daughter with all this in a couple years. You make it look so easy though!

  20. I need all the advice when it comes to makeup. I rarely wear any because I feel like it would take too long.

  21. Seeing the arrows totally helps know how to apply. I am not the best at make-up, so I’m eager to learn all I can.

  22. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    This is super cute and super simple. That is how it should be too!

  23. now this is a one fab tutorial , i was actually looking for how to apply concealer so it all looks natural ! ps you look stunning

  24. Jasmine Watts

    Simple but looks stunning! I’m not good when it comes to make-up so thank you so much for these tips.

  25. alexandra cook

    This is so lovely! How I wish I was as talented and could pull off such a look.

  26. Jessica may

    This is such a lovely look! I love the concealer all the way around the eye part, I definitely need it!

  27. This is a perfect daytime look. Looks neutral and really nice.

  28. Gorgeous look Dana!

    Ellie did such a good job with this makeup. Love the berry/red lipstick in particular. You do look lovely with no makeup on too! 🙂

  29. I am loving your daytime look! Thank you for sharing how you do it as I am awful with makeup so I am going to have to try and follow your tips.

  30. I love that look. I’m a big fan of makeup that makes you look sassy but also keeps you looking natural. I don’t want an evening look during the day.

  31. I am super excited to try the liner all around the eye. That makes sense to me, and I never would have thought of it. Thanks!

  32. my mom taught me to use lipliner when i was a teen and i have always used lip liner with my lipstick but i didn’t think many people still did. 🙂

    daily i use a moisturizer, lip liner, lipstick, and eye liner before going out. highlighter and eye shadow are added for special days.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

  33. Kelly Martin

    This is a great makeup tutorial for a daytime look. I like that’s it so quick and easy.

  34. Nigar Rahman

    I love the tutorial for a daytime look.It’s so simple and easy but looked fabulous.I need to know these steps.Thanks for the tutorial.

  35. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    I wish I learned how to apply make up properly but growing up in an exclusive Catholic girls school (where wearing make up is strictly forbidden), it has given me the impression that I don’t need make up. Honestly, I think I do! These dark circles under my eyes need the best concealer out there in the market. My make up kit is concealer, lipstick, an eye-shadow palette and mascara.

  36. Really nice tips especially the lipliner tip!! I usually forget about lining my lips but I think it’s really crucial to have a perfectly made-up lips.. I got some tricks from this post! And I’m gonna try them next time!

  37. Lots of new learning for me about day time make up which is probably required today to add the glamour touch. You look great even without make up.

  38. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    It is soft and subtle. I would love to use this guide for my every day routine!

  39. Susan1375

    What a pretty look. Make up lessons are fun! Some great tips and tricks

  40. You have got an amazing skin and I loved how effortlessly you created this simple yet glowing makeup. Perfect for daily look.

  41. vicky hallnewman

    I don’t care how old we are, we all need a bit of makeup advice from time to time. Thanks for sharing these tips

  42. One of my favorite easy makeup looks is using concealer instead of foundation. I apply it to the places I want to coverup or highlight. It keeps my skin looking like skin while also giving it a more evened out complexion.

  43. surekha-dreamingloud

    Your skin looks amazing..! Thanks for the tips you’ve shared.. It was such a great read. surekha~dreamingloud

  44. Dollys Lash

    Amazing Post Beauty! And you look snatched in pictures!

  45. Thanks for the informative post.
    I’ve been searching for Makeup posts where I can get ideas and this one is the best. Well done!
    and we have to choose the best skin care tools for healthy clear skin!

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