A MAC Tropical Taboo Face of the Day and a Katy Cat Moment

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), MAC Makeup, Makeup

My makeup today features pieces from MAC Tropical Taboo (with a smattering of products from MAC’s permanent collection)

I know I’m a few years late on this train, but I am super obsessed with Katy Perry at the moment.

I mean, I’ve always liked her music, and she seems pretty cool (girl loves cats!). I can’t even begin to guess how many miles I’ve logged listening to Teenage Dream on the treadmill, and how can you not like someone with blue hair who rocks out on stage next to a giant, person-sized cat??


But last weekend I Netflixed a documentary about her called Katy Perry: Part of Me that follows her 2011 Teenage Dream tour (and her breakup with Russell Brand), and that sort of tipped the scales for me from casual fan to full-blown obsession.

First of all, she’s a crazy cat lady, and you know I’m feelin’ that. πŸ™‚ Throughout the movie, I kept thinking, “Awww, I bet she misses her kitties!”

Then there’s her music. Before the movie, I’d only heard her hits on the radio, but she performs a bunch of her other songs in the documentary (and her hits), and I liked them all. I think it’s cool that she writes her own music! How many pop stars actually do that these days? I ended up buying the rest of the Teenage Dream album after the movie.

Some of her songs are sugary cotton candy, like Peacock, which I was listening to when I got the idea to do this iridescent gold/brown/purple eye with the new MAC Tropical Taboo collection…

I wanna see yo’ Peacock!

MAC Tropical Taboo FOTD eye with Mineralize Eye Shadows in Bossa Blue, Cha-Cha-Cha and Dare to Bare

Mineralize Eye Shadows in Bossa Blue (lower lash line), Cha-Cha-Cha (lid) and Dare to Bare (inner corner and brow bone); MAC Eye Shadows in Texture (crease) and Honey Lust (crease)

MAC Tropical Taboo FOTD

MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencils in Feline (water line) and Orpheus (upper lash line and outer corner); MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara (lashes); MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Dark Brunette (brows)

Mineralize Blush in Simmer (cheeks), Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (upper cheekbones); Lip Pencil in Have to Have It (lips), Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Glamour Era (lips), MAC Plushglass in Big Baby (lips)

But some of them are really meaningful and pack an emotional wallop if you listen closely to the lyrics.

The kicker was seeing this performance of Firework by a group of elementary kids from PS22. Seriously, I was in tears! Watching these kids sing about hanging on and believing in yourself when you’ve been knocked down — it was just too much for my PMS-addled heart!

And Katy just seems really cool. Just…normal. Not like a diva who takes herself too seriously. Not that there’s anything wrong with divas, but ya know. Like, she has such good manners, as strange as that sounds, and appears to really enjoy making other people happy, even when she was heartbroken and exhausted on tour during the breakup with her husband.

There’s this moment in the movie just before a show in front of thousands of screaming fans in Brazil where she’s on the verge of a complete breakdown, and the people in her crew don’t know how to react. They care about her. Some of them are family members. She’s crying backstage, and someone on the crew whispers, “She never cries,” but then right before she takes the stage, she pulls her shoulders back, puts a smile on her face, regains her composure, and the show begins.

Something about that really got to me. You know, there are times in our lives when we’re going through tough stuff. We hit our breaking point, but we pull it together and go on.


Baby, you’re a firework

One last Katy-cat fan girl moment! She’s currently on the cover of Vogue! — and I think she looks amazing.

Katy getting ready for the Vogue shoot

Any other Katy Perry fans out there? πŸ˜€

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lauren says:

    Did you use a black base for Cha-Cha-Cha? It looks so beautiful! Definitely a peacock color!
    Lauren recently posted … FOTD 7-1-13 Using MAC, Benefit

    • Karen says:

      Just in the outer corner. The rest of the lid, nope! That’s Cha-Cha-Cha on its own applied wet on the center lid and dry in the inner portion.

  2. Amy says:

    You look fabulous! What foundation are you wearing?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy,

      I’m wearing MAC Face and Body Foundation in C4 in the center part of my face and C5 around the edges. πŸ™‚ It’s a great foundation, especially for summer, because once it’s on it doesn’t move. Plus, it’s so lightweight, and you can sheer it out or build it up.

  3. Heidi says:

    Gorgeous look, girl.

    I do enjoy Katy Perry’s music. I think Firework is a really profound song. And I’ve seen that video before with the kids. I don’t need to be PMS’ing to get really choked up over it.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Heids. πŸ™‚

      You have to watch the movie. It’s really good! Maybe have a girls night and pop tons of popcorn and just chill. Of course Missy would be invited (of course).

      What have you been up to lately? I’ve just been broiling down here in Novato on a daily basis, LOL!

      • Heidi says:

        Oh, yeah, it’s been broiling here, too. Hard to believe we had rain a week ago!

        I’ve been going to tons of free outdoor concerts. That’s kind of my thing right now. Averaging about two a week.

        In fact, if you want to come up on a Sunday sometime, this Sunday starts the summer concert series at this gorgeous park that’s right in the same area as the mall where Sephora’s opening and the cupcake place. Give it some thought. Concerts start every Sunday at 5 and go until about 7 or so. Otherwise, to respond to your comment on the other topic, let’s definitely do lunch soon. Just let me know you’re availability.

  4. Bree says:

    Love this eye look!

  5. Nicole says:

    You look gorgeous as always! I’ve been loving Katy Perry since I Kissed A Girl =)

  6. Kristi says:

    Part of Me has to be one of my favorite movies. I can’t help but cry whenever I watch it. She’s a true role model, and beautiful in every way. When her fans (in Brazil) are screaming that they love her, I have fat tears rolling down my face. Every single time. Glad to know you’re now a fellow Katycat! I bought the rest of her album after watching the movie, too. πŸ™‚ I also love this look you created! The colors are beautiful together without being too much for me to wear. It’s definitely something I’d rock on a fun night out!!

  7. Lenita says:

    Another Katy Perry music fan here! I don’t really follow the tabloids so don’t really know what going on in her life, but her music is pretty good.

  8. MaryGaines says:

    I cut my bangs like her hair after I saw Part of Me. I’m a total Katy-cat and call my cat kitty purry sometimes

  9. Gowthami says:

    The eye look is wow πŸ™‚

  10. Jennifer says:

    I totally bought Big Baby after seeing you in it on Instagram one day! YOU make me SHOP!

  11. Arlene says:

    I love that eyeshadow on you! It makes me want to go out and buy it <3

  12. I love KP! Her songs just make me happy. On the way somewhere stressful? Blast California Gurls! It is mood-changing for sure! I have got to watch that movie! Beautiful looks you created, K-Money!

  13. PS: My fiance’s boss’ last name is Peacock and I suggested that he get him the “Keep Calm and Show me your Peacock” poster framed for his office! He wasn’t on board, much to my disappointment! What a statement it would have made! πŸ™‚

  14. Aida says:

    I love the look you created! Gorgeous! I liked Katy’s first album, I was it was funny, witty and so different than the other girls her age…

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