I wore red lipstick so often for years that it has since become my trademark of sorts. It’s still my signature look when I need to feel extra powerful—but lately, I’ve been leaning a little more towards eyes.

Maybe it’s because eye makeup doesn’t need as many touch-ups as lipstick does (actually, it almost never needs touching up!). Maybe it’s because it still makes an impact without being as loud as a bold lip. Maybe it’s because it’s sexy-looking and totally kiss-proof (ha ha!). Whatever it is, eye makeup has been my thing for a while now.

I have a really easy eye makeup look that I do pretty much every day. It gives me just enough definition but isn’t overwhelming and doesn’t make me look like I’m about to hit the club. Here’s how it goes, in four easy steps:

STEP 1: CURL YOUR LASHES.

Most people save this step for right before applying mascara, but I like to do it first so I can curl my lashes as close as possible to the roots without getting eye makeup stuck to the curler.

STEP 2: DO WINGED EYELINER IN BROWN PENCIL.

I use brown pencil for everyday looks because it’s less stark. It’s subtler than black, but still effectively makes your eyes pop. And I prefer pencil over liquid because I’m not partial to the shiny sheen of liquid liners; pencil has a softness to it that I love. Just do a wing along the upper lashline, or you can taper along your lower lashline, too, like I do. Here, I’ve used Dolly Wink’s Pencil Eyeliner II in Brow.

STEP 3: BLEND IN DARK BROWN SHADOW.

I actually just use my ring finger to do this! I tap the shadow where my eyelid crease meets the outer corner of my eye, and then continue tapping inwards and upwards, gently blending until I achieve a gradient I like. I’ve using the chocolate hue in Almay’s Intense I-Color Shimmer-I Kit for Browns, and I’ve popped the metallic right in the center for a hint of sparkle.

STEP 4: APPLY MASCARA.

The final step: Two coats of a volumizing mascara to hold and define your already curled lashes. Try Fairy Drops’ Platinum Waterproof Mascara for this.

And voilà! You’re done! It takes me less than five minutes to do all of this, then I’m out the door.

Photos courtesy of Regina Belmonte