Rory Gilmore Inspired Makeup Tutorial + DIY Lip Gloss Trick (video)

My version of Rory’s signature makeup look.

I have been following where they lead ever since the 8th grade when I first fell in love with those “Adorable Gilmore Girls.” I remember watching the show on the WB on my little white TV in my room (it had a built in VCR so in case referencing the WB didn’t make me feel old, remembering that 14″ TV set did**drops everything to apply anti-wrinkle cream**) A lot has changed since I first started watching the show but thanks to the magic of reruns, the Gilmore Girls have remained a constant source of comfort, inspiration, and LOL moments throughout the years.

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Without lashes, for an everyday “no makeup” makeup look.

While I have always felt ever-so-slightly more like Loreli than Rory, I am always amazed at how effortlessly cool and pretty Alexis Bledel looks as Rory. Her make up is almost invisible leading us all to believe that the brilliant small town beauty is far more interested in discussing an Orwell novel or finding her next nacho fix than worrying about her lip gloss. Not only is she witty, sincere, driven, and cool but she has the whole “no-make-up” makeup look down to a science, thus making her the perfect muse for today’s makeup tutorial.

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Close up of the makeup. It’s really all about looking fresh and vibrant. Adding warm tones to the eyes that match the cheeks and the lips keeps this looking fresh and youthful.

The KEY to this look is keeping it monochromatic. The eyeshadow, blush, and lip gloss match perfectly, making her look natural and radiant–and if you’re about click out of this post because perfectly matching products are not something you have in your makeup collection, hold the phone! I’ll teach you how to MAKE YOUR OWN CUSTOM LIPGLOSS!**Heavens open. Angels sing.**

You can watch how to make your own lip gloss and how I recreated Rory Gilmore’s classic makeup look by clicking HERE.

To add a bit more drama–channeling Rory Gilmore’s more sophisticated Yale look–just dip a damp angled brush in a black eyeshadow and apply it to your upper lash line. This just adds a bit of depth and dimension. Then add a strip of false lashes and viola! You are Rory Gilmore! Now all that’s left to do is go sit under tree with a book and wait for Logan to find you, fall madly in love, and propose in the middle of your grandparents living room!

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With added lashes for a little more oomph.



Cover FX BB Gel in G Med-Deep

BareMinerals Concealer

Too Faced “Melt into Spring” Blush  


Too Faced “Melt into Spring” Blush (see above) on lid and lower lash line

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara

Urban Decay “Strange” eyeshadow under brow

I used a little bit of the “Luminizer” that comes in the BareMinerals palette in the inner corner

Optional Add-on

Cargo “Black Crow” eyeshadow as liner

Elite Eye Lashes in #18

Duo Lash Adhesive


Vasaline, Paw Paw Ointment, or Aquaphor

Too Faced “Melt into Spring” Blush (see above)

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I have been wearing this look a lot and it reminds me to keep things simple. I tend to be all or nothing with makeup, but I like that this is a feminine, in-between option that I can quickly apply before work or school. It makes me feel more together than being totally barefaced but still casual and comfortable.

If you recreate this look, snap a pic and tag me on Instagram or Twitter! I’d love to see how it turns out!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know if you are a Gilmore Girls fan too! If you are, tell me, are you team Dean, Jess, or Logan? What about Luke or Christopher? Let me know!




If you have any questions about this makeup look or the products I used, please feel free to ask!


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