Ariana Grande Makeup Tutorial

StyleSprinter - Ariana Grande Makeup Tutorial

With all of your support and feedback that I received on last week’s Kylie Jenner makeup tutorial, I felt even more inspired this week when I decided to replicate one of my favorite makeup looks by Ariana Grande. It’s not her signature winged eyeliner that you already saw a million times on the blog, but rather a more dramatic smokey eye look combined with a neutral lip color. Similar to my previous celebrity tutorial, I tried to use as many drugstore products as possible—and this time most of the makeup goodies I used are actually new drugstore launches. In other words, today I’ll not only recreate Ariana Grande’s 2016 Grammy Awards makeup, but also review some of the most exciting drugstore makeup launches at the same time!

To create this look, I used the following products:

What's new at drugstore 2017

  • Milani Moisture Lock Raspberry Oil Infused Lip Treatment. At first, the smell of this product seemed artificial to me so I didn’t like it, but then I got used to it and I adore what it’s doing to my skin.
  • Milani Prime Light Face Primer. I used this softly illuminating and pore filling primer for a few weeks now and I love how it makes your skin Red Carpet ready!
  • *Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation in #10 Porcelain. It’s one of the best drugstore cushion foundations that I used as it makes application so easy and convenient, especially when you are on-the-go.
  • *Maybelline Brightening Creamy Concealer in #10 Fair. Usually, I’m not a fan of stick concealers for under the eye area, but this one is exceptional as it’s super easy to blend.
  • *e.l.f. Cosmetics Precision Sponge Trio. I don’t know why so many YouTubers don’t like those sponges, but I don’t mind them at all, especially for blending concealer!
  • *e.l.f. Cosmetics Illuminating Palette. It’s just another genius launch by the brand that I already know I’ll use and continue repurchasing. The consistency of the products in this palette reminds me those by ColourPop, but with a bit less shine to it—so this kit is more appropriate for everyday use.
  • Wet N Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara. My first impression was that it’s a dupe to Benefit Gimme Brow Gel, but then I figured that this product is much more effective as it literally cements your brows so no hair is moving. I really like this product, but I think it will only work for those who can work quickly with it; when it sets, you can’t really brush your hair as it starts flaking.
  • Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Pressed Powder in #100 Light. I expected that the shade of this powder will be off as it looked too dark in the package, but somehow it adjusted to the exact tone I needed and provided me with a beautiful matte finish.
  • BH Cosmetics Floral Blush in Fuji Fun. This blush is so beautifully designed and looks so pretty on the skin that I decided to purchase the rest of the shades from the collection. What can I say? I’m a makeup collector!
  • *Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadows: #150S NY Silver, 100S Vanilla, 70S Cool Cocoa, 110 S Night Sky, 40S Nude Glow, 190S Raw Ruby. I haven’t used single eyeshadows in years as those take too much space (and I live in New York City which means I never have enough space!). However, the quality of those shadows was surprisingly good for the price! Some are better than others, but I think these are worth depotting and transferring to a Z-palette.
  • Almay Eyeliner in #205 Black. It’s a nostalgic product for me as it was the first pencil I’ve ever used to fill in my brows. Needless to say, I still love it!
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir Mascara. That’s the darkest black mascara I’ve ever tried and I’m currently so into it! Especially when I wear false lashes and want my lower lashes look super dark and defined too.
  • Ardell Wispies False Lashes. All of my favorite YouTubers swear by those falsies and now I understand why: these are so perfect and so easy to work with!
  • ColourPop x Hello Kitty Ultra Satin Lip in Tiny Chum. It might not be my typical favorite shade of lipstick as I prefer red and pink shades in general, but I do like the formula.

To recreate this look, follow the steps below:

Milani Moisture Lock Raspberry Oil Infused Lip Treatment review

Step #1: Start by applying a lip oil onto your lips. Since we’ll be using a liquid lipstick it’s important that your lips are well hydrated.

Milani Prime Light Face Primer review

Step #2: Ariana has naturally beautiful and glowing skin and we will try to recreate this natural glow by applying illuminating primer before foundation.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation review

Step #3: Generally, cushion foundations provide a bit more dewy finish than other formulas which is perfect for this particular celebrity look. Use a sponge that comes in a package to evenly distribute the product on your skin.

Maybelline Brightening Creamy Concealer review

Step #4: Apply concealer under your eyes, on your forehead, and any wrinkles you’d like to fill in and blend it with a beauty sponge.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Illuminating Palette review 2

Step #5: Apply bronzer under the cheekbone and on the perimeter of your face with a contouring brush. Use highlighter to emphasize your cheekbones and under the brow area.

BH Cosmetics Floral Blush in Fuji Fun review

Step #6: Apply the tiniest amount of blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend it with a highlighter to create a naturally glowy look.

Wet N Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara review

Step #7: Fill in your brows with the help of a brow gel. Fix your application mistakes with the help of a concealer and a flat brush, if needed.

Step #8: There will be a few steps in creating Ariana’s smokey eye look:

1. Start with the light brown shade (#70S Cool Cocoa) applied onto the crease; blend thoroughly.

2. Apply sticky notes on the outer sides of your eyes to create a sharp eyeliner-like eyeshadow border.

3. Pick dark metallic eyeshadow (#190S Raw Ruby) and apply under the crease line. Blend two colors together.

4. Pick a not shimmery shade of brown (#70S Cool Cocoa) and blend it above the dark ruby shade, i.e. more towards the brows.

5. Wet a flat brush in a setting spray and pick a silver shadow (#150S NY Silver). Apply this shade onto inner corners of your eyes.

6. Pick another brush and also spritz setting spray on it. Pick a dark black eyeshadow and apply it close to your lash line to create an illusion that you are wearing an eyeliner.

7. Remove the sticky notes and, if needed fix the eyeshadow line with concealer and a flat brush.

L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir Mascara review

8. Pick a black eye pencil and outline your lash line.

9. Apply mascara on top and bottom lashes.

10. It’s time for falsies!

Step #9: Clean up any eyeshadow fallout and set your makeup with a pressed powder.

ColourPop x Hello Kitty Ultra Satin Lip in Tiny Chum review

Step #10: Apply a nude liquid lipstick and you are all set!

Finally, put your hair in Ariana Grande’s signature top ponytail, add some jewelry and you are all set!

Ariana Grande Makeup Tutorial by Style Sprinter

I hope you enjoyed this easy to repeat affordable makeup tutorial! Please let me know in the comments area below which celebrity makeup you’d like me to recreate next! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Gorgeous look! Your eyes look amazing!


  • Gorgeous make up look! Sophie x

  • Love the look, super pretty 🙂

    Lotte |

  • I love the sticky note trick, it’s genius! I’ve tried to get the smokey eye look many times but I haven’t found a tutorial that’s actually feasible so thanks for this, Katya 🙂

  • Jennifer Quattrucci

    I am going to take some time and learn how to recreate this extraordinary look! I can’t believe how gorgeous you look – that ending picture is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing all the make up brands and these techniques. You are truly stunning beyond belief.

  • Karen Yannacio Morse

    You so totally nailed this look! Big time! And your eyes are stunning… and really perfect! Thanks for the step by step with all the exact products.

  • love this look! The lip color is so pretty! I have been wanting to try those falsies for ages, I just need to go grab them!

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    I LOVE this makeup; it’s so gorgeous! You totally nailed it! And I love the lip color too!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Nicola Bromley

    Flawless make up…wish mine turned out looking like that! Love the eye makeup particularly, great for a night out.

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    She’s just so beautiful! I wish I could do my make-up like this.

  • Wow that winged liner is perfect and love how you make it look so simple! The eye shadows together make your eyes stand out so much!! Love it girl!

    Helen xx

  • jacqueline

    That eyeshadow though. You full on nailed it. Your eyes look amazing too!!!

  • Babe, you’re simply so talented! You should just start a YT channel and start teaching makeup via video! Adore that smokey eyes for sure 😉

    xx Aldora Muses |

  • Laura Romberger

    Beautiful. You are a wonderful make-up artist. Wonderful tutorial with clear step-by-step visuals and instructions.

  • redheadbabymama

    great tip with the sticky notes at the eye corners!

  • Rachel @ Kitchen Cents

    This is such a great tutorial. The makeup looks amazing. If only I can get mine to look like that 😉

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    Oh my God, you are phenomenal in recreating celebrity makeup. How about going out of your comfort zone and doing Nicki Minaj or something? Haha. You’re very talented at what you do!

  • Such a wonderful look on you! You did an amazing job recreating the look and I love the products that you used.

  • Mandy Young Carter

    Love the detailed steps. I rarely wear makeup so I cannot imagine where I would begin trying to recreate a look like that.

  • Brittany Muddamalle

    I absolutely love this look! I never thought about using tape like that either! I definitely need to try this out myself! Thanks for the tips!

  • Heather Garcia

    You did a great job!! I recently started using scotch tape when doing my eyeshadow and it really does make clean up so much easier!

  • First off, you look beautiful without makeup! Second, wow what a GORGEOUS look!! I love how you did it all with drugstore products too!

  • I’ve always loved her makeup when I see her on television. This is a great tutorial for being able to achieve this look right at home.

  • Ohhh I am Amazed with your Make Up Tutorials:) Always so Gorgeous and Perfect:) I wish I Could Do as
    well:) Maybe I will Try:) Ehhe
    Happy Weekend Darling:)
    Love Kisses

  • Jeanine @

    Super pretty! What a really great tutorial. I am not good at make up at all, I often dont wear it but I am so thankful for tutorials to help me learn!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    Wow you look amazing! I wish I could makeup like this, but it never comes out nearly this good!

  • Gina Diaz

    You look so GORGEOUS!!!! I enjoyed your beauty guide so much, i love make up, but as much as I try I never get it as perfect as you do!!!

    Xx, Gina

  • Nikki Arnold

    This is a gorgeous glam look!! I love how you used the tape to get the perfect wing with eyeshadows, thats the part I always struggle with.

  • Whoah! Good tip on the sticky notes for the eyes! Love the look. I need serious help applying fake lashes though!

  • ooh love this! I have those lashes, they’re so good and very affordable. I think the eye makeup of this look is really cute, I would wear for any night out occasion, not just Ariana Grande look hehe 🙂

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • @queenhorsfall

    Omg, this final shot is incredible. I love watching how you do your make up

  • I’m a huge fan of Ariana Grande but dare I say your makeup looks more phenomenal than hers! It does! Wow girl, you are a wizard with a makeup brush and you have the most enchanting eyes.

    Love, Liz

  • Such a great beauty look! I adore a good smoky eye. I definitely need to try the sticky tape trick because I always have eyeshadow fall out!

    xx freshfizzle

  • maggie

    OMG the finished look is so gorgeous! Yet again, I love your makeup more than the celebrity’s!

    Maggie S.

  • Wow, such a lovely makeup tutorial. I am not a pro at makeup. I buy and go for quick fixes. Love that this is simple yet powerful!


    Hello dear!!
    This tutorial is very expressive and is one of the best on you.

  • EverestSays

    The shading and blending on your eyelids are flawless!! I have so much problems blending Colour and the Fall all over under my eyes. I have so much to learn from u!

    Kisses from Singapore,

  • Sarah Atiq

    Honestly, I love your version of Ariana Grande’s makeup. I have always loved her makeup, but found it too intimidating to create a similar look. So I really loved your tutorial and the final result of your look. So much more practical and so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this :).



  • Another great tutorial! I love how you use affordable cosmetics too! All you need is a ponytail extension and you’re all set!

  • Vanessa Troset

    wow you look so stunning! I really enjoy your beautiful makeups babe. Arianna Grande is an amazing artist and I love everything about her. Great products I need to try ASAP. thank you for sharing. Kisses

  • I really like this look. I’m definitely going to try the eye makeup, it looks gorgeous on you. xx

  • Hi girlie, so cool you felt inspired to create this makeup tutorial, i loved all the steps and the result is simply great. My favorite is that brow gel. Keep it up and thank you for sharing
    xx Hadasah

  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    OMG, those smoky eye make up are so pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i’m going to follow it step by step and try to replicate that on my face! i’ve always been a fan of smoky eye makeups, but i haven’t been able to do it well on my eyes. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post! going to try it right away tonight!

    xx, Jessie

  • Sofia N

    Your makeup tutorials are the best! Love this look.
    Can you make one of Khloe Kardashian

  • Vukosavljevic Ana

    Loved this look! You are so beautiful <3

    Great job girl!

  • Andreea Birsan

    You totally nailed recreating her look! It suits you very well. x


  • Amanda Smith

    I love seeing all of your makeup looks! I’ve never used a lip oil before but I absolutely need to buy one now! Such a gorgeous tutorial and can’t wait to see more!

    Manda |

  • wow you look gorgeous first of all and absolutely recreated the look. Eye makeup is my fav part

  • such a gorgeous look! You should start your youtube or do you have one already?


  • This is yet another beautiful look babe! This smoky eye is just fabulous, and you recreated this look perfectly. I love how you took us through step by step as well! Also love that you used the Maybelline Dream Cushion as I have had my eye on it for a while. Glad to see it looks so great when applied. Thanks for sharing this love!

    xo Soo |

  • Tandya

    You are beautiful with and without make up! I love how you are able to recreate these looks. So inspiring! Thanks for sharing! Xo