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These Neutrals Are Flexible: Meditations on Makeup With the $36 Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Too Faced

Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Collection

Wearing the new Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Collection ($36), available now at Too Faced counters and toofaced.com

Welcome! Come on in, everyone! I’m so happy to see your lovely faces this evening. Don’t be shy; we’re all friends here. Just go ahead and grab a spot on the floor — you know, stake your claim — and roll out your yoga mat. We’ll get going in a minute.

Tabs the cat: kitty supermodel, entrepreneur, yoga practitioner

For those of you new to the Makeup Meditation series here at Tabs the Cat Yoga Center (tagline: “You won’t find any downward dogs here”), don’t be nervous. This class is for all skill levels. I promise, you’ll do fine.

OK, let’s get started…

First, I want you to quiet your mind…

Good.

Now let’s get into a cross-legged position, and place today’s Makeup Meditation totem, the new Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection Palette, in front of you on the floor.

Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Focus…

Take a deeeeeeeep breath in, now exhale slowly. OMMMMMMMM…

Perfect.

Extend your arms out to your sides — hold it, hold it, hold it. Now slowly reach forward, taking your Natural Eyes Palette up in your hands, and open it. Fix your gaze upon the nine pans of powder eyeshadow inside.

Let a sense of calm wash over you, and focus your every thought on its mix of matte and shimmery finishes.

Ahhhhh…

Notice the beige, brown, taupe, gold and peach shades. See how they’re laid out horizontally for day, classic and fashion looks?

Too Faced Natural Eyes

Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection, $36


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99 Mantras, and a Review of the New Too Faced A La Mode Eye Palette

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Too Faced

Too Faced A La Mode Eye Palette

Wearing the new $36 Too Faced A La Mode Eye Palette (available now at Too Faced counters and toofaced.com) and contemplating life…

1. Unleash your weirdness
2. Wear pink eyeshadow
Too Faced A La Mode Eye Palette

Monaco eyeshadow…LET’S DO THIS

3. Believe in the absurd
4. Enjoy being a girl
5. Change your hair
6. If you want to, change your life
7. Schedule breaks during the day AND TAKE THEM
8. Let go of your irrational fears
9. Talk to your friends
10. Talk to your plants
11. Go to bed early
Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Palette swatches from the left: St. Tropez, Cannes and Soleil

A La Mode Eyes Palette swatches from the left: St. Tropez, Cannes and Soleil

12. Believe in yourself
13. Try something new
14. Smile
15. Count your blessings
16. Think outside the box
17. Remember who you were
18. Envision who you can be
19. Let your imagination run wild
20. Do something differently
21. Keep your desk clean
22. Set a daily schedule and stick to it
Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Palette swatches from the left: Riviera, Jardin and Cote d'Azur

A La Mode Eyes Palette swatches from the left: Riviera, Jardin and Cote d’Azur

23. Have the second helping of ice cream
24. Eliminate all the negative sh*t you don’t need
25. Have brunch
26. Take risks
27. Brace yourself
28. Start a new list
29. Drink water
30. Exercise in the mornings (even 20 minutes is better than nothing)
Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Palette Swatches from the left: La Croisette, Monaco and De La Mer

A La Mode Eyes Palette swatches from the left: La Croisette, Monaco and De La Mer

31. Use kind words when speaking to yourself
32. Reward yourself for a job well done
33. Life is short; get moving
34. Ditch the stretchy pants for a nice outfit
35. Go for frequent walks
36. Call someone — anyone — on the phone
37. Have lunch at 12, even if you aren’t hungry (see #7)
38. Hug your cat
39. Snap more pics of your cat (because the world needs MOAR TABS PICS)
Tabs the Gardener

My gardening buddy

40. Close your eyes, and remind yourself that YOU GOT THIS
41. Go against the tide
42. Carve out a niche
43. Write a letter to a friend about whatever’s on your mind at the moment…

My dearest friend,

GIRL. Pink eyeshadow. Think about it.

Seriously, though. Snaps. You can do it! Try the new A La Mode Eyes Palette by Too Faced Cosmetics ($36 and available now at Too Faced counters and toofaced.com).

I’ve worn pink eyeshadows plenty of times before and thought, eh, that was fine, but this new summer palette of warm-toned powder eyeshadows is pretty killer. I would go so far as to say that Monaco, the palette’s vibrant pink shade, is the crown jewel in this limited edition kit.

Oh, sure, the other eyeshadows (there are nine powder shadows in total) are expertly paired. Too Faced sets the kit up in a way that completely takes the guesswork out of choosing colors to wear together. The shadows are arranged in rows for day, classic and fashion looks. Easy-peasy!

The shadows are so buttery and creamy that you can blend them with a few swipes. Plus, on top of primer, they last all day.

The kit leans warm, so if you tend to pick up a little color in summer, or if you like to fake the baked look with bronzer, these shades should look great on you.

Oh! About Monaco? YES, you can work it. One of my mantras is to think outside the box. Both in makeup and in life. And that means wearing pink eyeshadow. :)

Here’s what I like to do: swipe Monaco in the crease with a thin, pointed crease brush. Next, I take a tapered fluffy brush loaded with Jardin, the golden melon shade from the kit, and sweep it back and forth to blend it out. Then, swap out the tapered brush for a flat eyeshadow brush, and pat Cannes, the coppery shade, on my lids.

Highlight those inner corners with one of the big pans on the left of the kit (golden beige St. Tropez, golden peach Rivera or beige La Croisette); then line with one of the darker shades on the right — shimmery golden brown Soleil, shimmery taupe Cote d’Adure or shimmery navy blue De La Mer.

But ya know, there are so many ways to work this palette. That’s probably my favorite thing about it. You can play it safe with warm, shimmery neutrals, or completely push your makeup boundaries with the pink.

I think you’ll really like it. Yes, even the pink!

–K

44. Have a meal (or two or three) outside
45. Embrace your silliness, because there’s absolutely no need to take yourself so damned seriously!
46. Brush your teeth
47. Find a big tree, and read a book under that tree
48. Turn on some music and dance, dance, dance!

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Scorch

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Unsung Heroes, Urban Decay

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Scorch

The smokin’ hot Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Scorch

Dear UD Scorch,

‘Sup, boo? I’ve been missing you. We haven’t talked in a while (six months, give or take, but who’s counting?).

I just wanted to holla and ask, “How are you?” How’s my smokin’-hot, shimmery bronze liner love? Still the picture of pure perfection in a pencil?

Remember how we always loved to play in spring and summer? Whenever I’d bust out my beach bag and slip on my booty shorts (might as well work it while you can, right?), you were always right there for me, ready to help with the bronze and gold eye makeup looks I was wearing.

Urban Decay Scorch Swatch

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Scorch ($20)

I wonder, are you the same way…?

I bet you are. :) I bet you’d like me to swipe you along my lash lines, wouldn’t ‘cha? Just us, from the break of dawn till late at night, no fading, no smudging — nothing to break our bond.

Urban Decay Scorch Swatch

Heart ya, Scorch!

I’ve been thinking about you again. A lot. And all of the things I want to do with you…like wearing you as a base for shimmery bronze eyeshadows.

Remember that time I layered you with UD’s Half Baked on top? That was smokin’ hot.

Oh! — or that time I wore you with MAC Woodwinked? Hotter than a five-alarm fire.


The 411 on Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Scorch


What is it? A silky soft $20 long-wearing shimmery bronze pencil liner with silver micro-glitter. Available now at Urban Decay counters and urbandecay.com.

Who might lurve it? Anyone who likes wearing warm bronze and gold shades on their eyes.

When’s a good time to wear it? How ’bout now? Or any time of year, but I think it comes into its own in spring and summer because it looks faboo with a tan.

What else? It’s a great liner alternative to basic brown and black.

How do you rock it? You can wear it as a straight-up eyeliner or as a base for powder shadows. It goes well with coral or hot pink cheeks and lips.

Urban Decay Scorch Swatch

Swatch out! Or you’ll get Scorched… (Urban Decay Scorch on my NC42 skin)

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Ask MBB: How Do I Stop My Liquid Liner From Creasing?

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, Video

When it comes to liquid liner, to quote the great Mary J. Blige, “No more drama.”

I don’t want any crazy business when I’m tending to my lash lines, and I wager you don’t either.

In today’s installment of Ask MBB, MAC Senior Artist Victor Cembellin, all around cool guy and the dude you wish was your BFF, has the cure for liquid liner madness — also known as creasing.

Products mentioned…

May your liquid liner always be like my tubby tabby’s fangs — razor sharp and feline fierce.

Meow ya later.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Got a question for Ask MBB? Let your fingers do the talking in the comments down below. :)

An Easy Way To Take Your Winged Liner Looks From Day to Night

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, NARS

MAC Pure Show and NARS Black Valley

Wearing MAC Pure Show Superslick Liquid Eye Liner and NARS Black Valley Eye Paint on my upper lash lines (and trying to look “artsy-fartsy”)

I’m all about the winged liner life…

Ya feel me?

Winged liner, also known as cat liner, is one of my favorite makeup looks (especially in a classic black).

You can wear it pretty much anywhere. Pair it with nude lips to proactively synergize your ROI at work (LOL!), or raise the roof with a bright lip and cheek for a night on the town. The possibilities are endless.

I don’t know if I could ever truly get tired of black winged/cat liner, but I don’t always do it the same way. Sometimes I like to try something a little different, like by incorporating a liner in a different color. I’ll run it along my upper lash line parallel to the liner, like I’m doing with the gold in these pics.

MAC Pure Show and NARS Black Valley

I’m also wearing MAC Soba (crease), MAC Ricepaper (lids, brow bone and inner corner) and MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash (lashes) on my eyes in this look…

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