5 Makeup and Beauty Lessons I Learned from Watching True Blood

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In HBO’s True Blood, the vampires have come out of the proverbial closet. In the show, which centers around the mortal and immortal residents of a town called Bon Temps, Louisiana, the generally law-abiding humans, vamps and other preternatural citizens live alongside each other, doing their best to abide by their natures while following the rules of Southern decorum.


Of course, drama ensues, and that’s what makes the show so fun to watch!

Lafayette Reynolds, the flamboyant cook/road crew worker/man of several questionable illegal pursuits, is one of my favorite residents of Bon Temps. How many guys can work lace and rhinestones and still look tough at the same time? Not many, I contend!

A sage of unique style, Lafayette has taught me so very many timeless makeup and beauty lessons like…

1. When in doubt, rock the cat eye

Dressed up or dressed down, they’re an unmistakably classic look.

2. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

If you plan to show some skin (and sometimes you just gotta!), accentuate the positives with accessories, like this stylish cap and matching blinged-out belt buckle.

3. Say “YES!” to denim and lace

The juxtaposition of soft lace and rugged denim makes for great fashion.

4. Mesh tops are both practical AND pretty

Never let ’em see you sweat! Whether you’re working the kitchen or walking a catwalk, consider breathable mesh tops. Try one layered on top of your favorite tank.

5. Spaghetti straps look great with layered necklaces

Nothing screams “vampire bait!” like bare shoulders and bling. Consider a top with spaghetti straps, and attract your very own wealthy immortal benefactor with big, shiny baubles around your neck.

Thank you, Lafayette, for being you — a truly unique fashion and beauty icon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lego says:

    Can we talk about how Pam was totally using a NARS lipstick last episode? Or at least I think it was! Her makeup is awesomesauce.

  2. Summer Γ’β„’Β₯Γ’β„’Β₯ says:

    Love this Karen! I have been staying up till 3 in the morn the past 2 days, catching up on season 2- i started season 1 last week and I got hooked. I am at the part where the vampires come into the fellowship of the sun! I LOVE ERIC! He’s so cute! (dont tell me!) but hopefully eric and sookie will possibly get together πŸ™‚ Bill freaks me out a lil bit~

    • Karen says:

      I have a soft spot for Vampire Bill. I love how devoted he is to Sookie (SOOO-KHAAAY!). πŸ™‚

      I just recently figured out that Eric was hot, LOL! The gray tank top totally does it for me…

  3. Jenna says:

    you should have entitled this post, “5 make up and beauty lessons I learned from Lafayette.”
    He is my favorite character!

  4. Georgia says:

    Tabs probably likes the homage to cat eyes! Are you going to the IMATS??? It will be my first one! Yay!

  5. Georgia says:

    Just saw somewhere that you can’t go. :o( I’ll stock up on the MUFE 40% discounts for us all! :o)

  6. Shiny says:

    This is my favorite show… I am so hooked, and have already seen the last episode like 3 times. A good friend and I wait till we both see it and have a in depth rehashing session. Lafayette is so well cast, and every line out of his mouth is gold. Love how good he is to his cousin who never fails to find herself in the middle of some mess.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shiny,

      I usually watch the show twice! Lafayette really does have the best lines. They come out so quickly that I don’t always them the first time around!

      It looks like the ass-kicking Lafayette is back this season. WOOT!

  7. Katrina says:

    Haha nope, I notices Pam using Nars too! I took one look and went “Nars!” at which point everyone I was watching it with turned and looked at me like “Huh…?”

  8. shontay says:

    I’m mad you learned all of your beauty lessons from lafayette! LOL He’s so fabulous.

  9. happybadfish says:

    I have never seen this show. All I can think is, where is his ghetto blaster – welcome to the 80’s.

  10. Nina says:

    I love Lafayette – so sassy and fashion forward (for Bon Temps…) … πŸ˜›

    This is an awesome post, Karen. You are a true TB addict! πŸ˜€

  11. jeannie says:

    Oh Karen! I can always count on you to make me laugh.

  12. Kat says:

    Seriously woman, you have THE funniest makeup blog! Keep it going!

  13. lexi says:

    vampire lady men? Wow – I’m missing out a lot by not watching this show. I’m just excited that Hung will be back for a 2nd season!

  14. Nina says:

    Karen, now really, you gotta stop making me laugh so hard, because I can’t stand the aching of my ab muscles any more πŸ˜€

  15. Shealyn says:

    This is so funny Karen! And Pam has great makeup too! Nars lip pencil…she doesn’t take kindly to being called a ‘hookah’ though.

  16. Loretta says:

    I absolutely LOVED Vampire Queen Sophie-Anne’s lipstick in Season 2 when Vampire Bill first went to see her, it was absolutely flawless.. I need to know what Brand/Colour it is ! do you have any idea? please say you do πŸ™‚

  17. OMG what a great post!! When I saw the title I expected to see Sookie! Always so creative Karen!!
    .-= Michelle (LipstickRules)’s last blog post… MAC Sneak Peek: Dare to Wear ‘So Bad’ Lipglass and Alice & Olivia ‘Partylicious’ Pigment =-.

  18. Lexi says:

    thanks so much for writing this piece. Lafayette is my fave. Jessica is #2 πŸ™‚

    I was DYIN this week during the scene where he’s talking to Tara just before they leave the nursing home.

  19. marisol says:

    This is great! Lafayette is so fierce! And so is Pam.
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Haulidays. . . =-.

  20. DJ says:

    I think this is my favourite post here, ever. I couldn’t stop laughing. Well done, Karen!

  21. Lisanne says:

    lol, awesome article! I love True Blood and LaFayette is my favorite character!
    .-= Lisanne’s last blog post… Essie herfstlakjes 2010 =-.

  22. styleezta says:

    Karen you crack me up!! love when he says HOOKA!!

  23. Sexy Sadie says:

    I adore that figure and the actor.
    .-= Sexy Sadie’s last blog post… En tirsdagsformiddag =-.

  24. Kasey says:

    OMG I’ve pee’d a little! Why did you learn all of your makeup and beauty lessons from Layfette HOOKAH? LOL love this post!
    .-= Kasey’s last blog post… Shoe Find of the Week: Stella from H by Halston =-.

  25. Crystal says:

    I definitely smiled on last Sunday’s episode when he wore his neon jersey dress & blinged belt…he is so wonderful! πŸ™‚

  26. Kim says:

    Karen, I can’t find the words to describe the awesomeness of this post. I absolutely loved your vamp smiley face! No doubt that Lafayette makes everything work!

  27. Kim says:

    Oh my goooosh. I die every time I watch True Blood. I friggin’ love Lafayette. He’s … amazingly awesome.

  28. Liz says:

    ok…I loved the fact that Pam used a NARS product. Does anyone know which color she used? That is a must have… at least for me. :O)

  29. Sara says:

    ok i am so behind on my blog reading due to my beach va-ca last week, but i am SO EXCITED about this post. my love for true blood is strong (but i’ve only made it through the middle of season 2, shhhh) and i’m having withdrawals. i’m almost done with the second book too and i have to say, they’re not as good as the show! maybe cause tara is my FAVORITE and so far she just owns some stupid clothing shop :/

    and lala. come on. nice necklaces but you know about vampires and sliver!

  30. Lizzie says:

    Pam’s NARS lip pencil was “Dammed.” I was searching for the shade as well and somewhere I saw a quote from Kristen Bauer saying that a lot of people had asked about it and that was the shade. I also agree with her that the shade’s name is just perfect when you think about it! I bought it yesterday, have already worn it, and love it.

  31. lexi says:

    Thank God for DVR. I’ve re-played this week’s True Blood every day this week…it was SO good.

    Half-nekkid Alcide? OK…I might be replaying it for this reason alone (insert sizzle sound here)
    “Ring ring, Hooka, ring ring”?!
    Sookie’s biker chick makeover?
    and an awesome Massive Attack song playing in the background at the strip club?

    Yep – good episode that shant be erased.

  32. Ruby says:

    It’s NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Damned.


  33. Tatiana says:

    I love this post!! Thank you πŸ™‚

  34. Brittany B says:

    When I saw this post I thought it was going to be about the makeup the artists use on set. I was especially interested in Jessica. Don’t get me wrong–I’d LOOOOOOVE a gay BF like Lafayette and I love his character but I was hoping for real makeup looks or maybe a product list of whats used on the show. Think they’ll be something like that in the future? I seriously love Jessica’s look. Her skin is amazing…better than flawless. Porceline and marble–probably what Twilighters keep trying to say is Edward’s skin type. Jessica’s is way better. We have similar coloring–red hair and pale skin. She always looks amazing, even when crying tears of blood down her face! I want her makeup so badly.

  35. Mel says:

    you sincerely make me laugh and laugh, and laugh some more. i loved your pics. and the arrows were key. LOL.

    I love Lafayette. He steals the show. Him and Pam ” Why do people think I’m nice. I must wear too much pink.” Or something to that effect.

    love it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mel,

      LOL… I love both Pam and Lafayette. If I could have a sketchy vampire friend, Pam would be IT. At least we could trade makeup tips while I feared for my life, ha ha.

      Did you see the season finale? What the heck’s going on with Lafayette’s boyfriend? I was really hoping he could be a steadying influence Lafay’s life, but was I wrong!

  36. Gerri says:

    I love True Blood and Lafayette is my absolute favorite character on the show, but it never occurred to me to look to him for fashion tips! Great post and thanks for the laugh…
    Gerri recently posted … 7 Must-Have Beauty Products for Under 10

  37. Amber says:

    Looking forward to season 4!!!!

  38. Frannie says:

    I thought you were going to do a post on all the ladies perfect and LOOOONG lashes on True Blood. This is a great surprise. You really nipped this one in the bud. His costume designer knows the what’s up. : D

  39. lorrie says:

    Lafayette is my love,,i watch just to see him..got to love a DIVA queen

  40. Inari says:

    Cat-eye for teh win for sure! πŸ˜€
    Great post, cheers!

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