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How to Do Your Makeup Like Lauren Conrad


The Hills girls - Audrina, Whitney, and Lauren

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Lauren Conrad, former star of MTV’s reality show The Hills, has definitely spent her fair share of time in the beauty trend spotlight (side braids, anyone?). Over the 6 years she was on TV, we watched Ms. Conrad transform from a SoCal beach bunny into a casual but classy LA starlet – and it was nearly impossible not to fall in love with her fresh-faced look.

I’ve been obsessed with Lauren’s makeup ever since I started watching The Hills. I love it because it’s simple yet unique at the same time – her look is polished and perfect, yet somehow never overdone. Lauren is rare in that you can tell she wears makeup, but she somehow still has that “naturally gorgeous” aesthetic. The best thing about Lauren’s makeup is that it’s perfect for the spring and summer seasons – she’s all about bronzed, glowing skin, glossy lips, and defined eyes.

Want to steal her makeup look for yourself? This post will help you achieve Lauren’s gorgeous, sun-kissed look with just a few products. So break out the bronzer, girls: it’s time to get your glow on!

Lauren Conrad

Key Features of Lauren’s Look

Lauren’s makeup always looks effortless yet very put-together. She strikes the perfect balance between looking natural and gorgeous, and still being extremely polished. Here are a few products you’ll need to achieve her look:

Lauren Conrad makeup

1. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner – $8.49

Any Lauren fan will know that eyeliner is her staple – this girl rocks a simple cat eye almost 24/7. It’s her signature look.

In my opinion, the best product to use for a simple cat eye is black liquid or gel eyeliner. This Maybelline gel liner is absolutely amazing- it’s better than anything I’ve ever tried (including MACs famous Blacktrack Eyeliner!). The texture is smooth and clear, which will help you get that perfect Lauren cat eye.

To do your eyeliner like Lauren, just draw a thin line of liquid liner across your upper lash line, starting at the inner corner of your eye, and gradually make the line thicker as you move towards the outer corner. Make sure you wing the end of the line up slightly toward the end of your brow for that perfect cat eye shape. It might take practice to get this right, but it is a cinch once you have it down!

2. NYX Powder Blush in Peach – $6.00

Lauren typically rocks a fresh peachy glow on her cheeks, which helps give her that natural-looking flush.

For a similar look, I recommend this NYX blush because it will give you the perfect amount of color without looking overdone. The best thing about this blush is that it’s matte so you do not have to worry about having too much shimmer all over your face. In general, NYX blushes are just amazing blushes – especially for their price. This peach color will look absolutely amazing on any skin tone and I highly┬árecommend┬áit to everyone.

3. Sally Hansen’s Pat on the Black Nail Polish – $6.99

I remember when Lauren Conrad was featured in Shape Magazine, she listed this nail polish as her favorite go-to shade. Being a devoted Lauren fan, I instantly went to my nearest Target to pick up the color, and fell in love!

It is not difficult to notice that Lauren loves dark nail polish- whether it be dark purple, black, or blue. Pat on the Black is an absolutely breathtaking deep purple with a hint of burgundy- it reminds me a lot of OPI’s famous Lincoln Park after Dark, except at half the price. Dark polish is always chic and seems to be a trend that has yet to die out. Since most of Lauren’s outfits are simple, this dark, bold polish definitely helps make her look more interesting.

4. Stila’s Kitten Eyeshadow – $18.00

Lauren has said that she’s not a big fan of eyeshadows. However, she does sometimes wear a shimmery lid. If you want a similar look, I cannot rave enough about Stila’s Kitten eyeshadow – it’s seriously such a classic color that looks great on everyone. Lauren’s eye makeup is always very natural looking and fresh, so Kitten is a great color to use to achieve her look. It will add a bit of sparkle to your eyes without looking too glittery.

Stila’s Kitten shadow isn’t just for your eyes, though! One thing that I envy about Lauren is her dewy, glowy skin. She always has this youthful glow to her face that makes her skin look super healthy. So instead of shelling out more money, dab your blush brush in Kitten and use it as highlighter, too! In order to get Lauren’s gorgeous glow, dab this on your upper cheekbones and right below your brow bone.

5. MAC’s Golden Bronzer – $22.00

No Lauren-inspired makeup look would be complete without bronzer – the girl is known for her glowing, sun-kissed skin.

Bronzers can be really tricky to buy because it’s hard to find the perfect match for your skin tone. However, MAC’s Golden Bronzer will definitely help you achieve Lauren’s sun-kissed skin without looking too muddy. It is a very build-able – if you want to go darker, you can always apply more. This bronzer contains bits of shimmer in it so it will also help you deepen that Lauren glow as well.

Want even more Lauren Conrad beauty?

Lauren Conrad beauty

If you can’t get enough of Lauren’s beauty looks, good news: her makeup artist Amy Nadine has a blog where she breaks down the exact products she uses on Lauren and shows you how to achieve specific looks! Amy Nadine’s blog is a great source if you want info on the products Lauren uses, as well as tips on using professional makeup techniques to get gorgeous. I highly recommend you check it out!

Also, see our post on Lauren Conrad’s Hairstyles for tips, tricks, and tutorials to help you achieve her awesome hair. After all, no beauty look is complete unless your hair is looking good as well. Let us know what you think!

Your thoughts?

What do you think of Lauren’s makeup? Do you wish she would come back on the Hills or are you glad Kristin took over? Do you rock a similar beauty look? Let me know what you guys think!

Posted on on May 5, 2010 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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26 Responses to “How to Do Your Makeup Like Lauren Conrad”

  1. 1
    May 5th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this article!! =D

  2. 2
    May 5th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Totally agree!
    She’s always looking so polished, but still fresh-faced, great!

  3. 3
    May 5th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    She is so beautiful! And does the natural make-up look perfectly!

    Also I would recommend the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner! It is a bit pricey compared to the products you’ve used in the post, but it lasts for a long long time and is so easy to put on!

    Great post!

  4. 4
    May 5th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I think Lauren’s make up look is awesome!! She always looks absolutely beautiful but still very natural which I definately think is the best of both worlds.

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    May 5th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I guess I’m in the minority but I think her makeup always looks overdone. To me her foundation looks heavy and cakey and the harsh black eyeliner for the day ages her. I think she is gorgeous but would look better with less makeup.

  6. 6
    May 5th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    HUGE LC fan here. Is there a cheaper version of that eyeshadow?

  7. 7
    May 5th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    love this article! thanks!! i just overall love LC she is so awesome

  8. 8
    May 5th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Loveee her makeup, very natural. Could you recommend some similar lip colors as well?

  9. 9
    May 5th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Check out and go to Lauren’s favorites. She uses a lot of their products including the waterproof hook up liquid eyeliner (I SWEAR BY IT TOO!).

    She uses a lot of their glosses too and they’re so cheap. No you don’t get to see them in person, but they’re really great colors and they provide swatches.

    Wonderful post! I love Lauren’s makeup, style, demeanor, everything! :D

  10. 10
    May 5th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention her collaboration with Mark a division of Avon Cosmetics. She uses several of their products and they are affordable for college girls on a budget! I love her makeup style, it’s very clean, natural, and put-together!

  11. 11
    May 5th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I love the way she uses make-up to compliment her rather than put a mask on. That’s what make-up is about – be a better version of yourself, not a clownesque or carnival version.

    I concede that galas or award shows are great occasion to have something a little more bold but some people just push it too far. Not so much about the color or the style but about the thickness… when you can actually feel like you have a mask on or a second layer of skin, that’s because you’ve gone too far.

    Yay for Lauren Conrad and her natural make-up!

  12. 12
    May 5th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    her makeup is so simple! anyone can do it!

  13. 13
    May 5th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Lauren’s always been my style inspiration ever since the 1st season of laguna beach. i feel like my style has grown up with hers. from highschool to the present.

    i remember wearing her signature liquid liner look all throughout highschool.

    love the post! thanks.

  14. 14
    May 5th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Could you do an article specifically about bronzers? I honestly have never used bronzer because I am intimidated by what kind to buy and what shade. And this MAC one is a bit expensive; any recommendations for any cheaper products?

    And thank you for this article :]

  15. 15
    May 5th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    @Elle: I would definitely recommend Champagne by Covergirl. Or any shimmery, pinky nude color you can find at the drugstores will definitely work too.

    @Karissa: When I was writing this article, I actually planned on writing my next article about bronzers! But it’s great to see that a reader wants to see that as well! So definitely look for that next week.

    Thanks for the great comments guys! I in the midst of finals (sighh) so this is definitely a great way to cheer me up :)


  16. 16
    May 6th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I love Lauren. Her makeup always looks beautiful, wether she’s shopping, at school, and an event. The best part of her makeup is that it never looks over done or cakey.

  17. 17
    May 7th, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Lauren is so adorable in her makeup. I love the Mac Golden Bronzer and it is pretty cheap.

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    May 8th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    heeey;i think laurens make up is fab,and i also like the way she does her mae up different than everyone elses lauren is showing young teens everywhere that you dont have to follow what everyone else is your own thing and see where it gets lauren xx

  19. 19
    May 14th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I love her make up especially the cat eye!

  20. 20
    June 25th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Something about her looks like Kate Middleton

  21. 21
    September 21st, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Omg, I totally agree. She reminds me of Kate Middleton and I love them both! I just had a daughter and I named her Lauren Kate!!!!! And yes, I love her makeup. I love the natural look. And I just love everything (hair, eyes, smile) about LC since the 1st season of Laguna Beach. Thanks for the article!!!

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