Holiday Party Makeup: A Casual Get-Together with Friends

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

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Not being able to concentrate worth a biscuit today, I decided to skip work and play with looks for an upcoming get-together with two of my girlfriends this Saturday.


They were bridesmaids in my wedding, and they’re coming over in the morning for brunch (I think they really just want to hang out with Tabs). πŸ™‚

It’ll be a casual weekend thang, so maybe something light and sparkly…

This cool-toned look uses products from the Clarins Palazzo D’Oro collection.

Just like Monday’s potential office party look, this look’s pretty conservative, relying on cool browns, pinks and golds for the eyes, lips and cheeks.

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To go with their collection, the holiday elves at Clarins posted four nifty eye maps.

I chose the “Festive Evening Look” because of how subtle I think the colors look on my skin tone. I’m sure lighter lovelies could also rock it for daytime but might try using a light touch during application.

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Additional products I used…


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What are some other makeup ideas for casual get-togethers with friends? πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Sharon says:

    I love your look! For a casual get together with my girl pals i like a winged black eyeliner on my top lash, a lil mascara and Nars blush in exhibit a on my cheeks. For a bit of a glow benefit moon beam on my nose, cheek bones and brow bone. I find this look fresh with a bit of a pop on my cheeks.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Oh, that sounds really pretty. I don’t have Exhibit A but it’s on my wish list, along with a million other things from NARS.

      How’s your week going so far? I hope it’s been good!

  2. Rae says:

    Really, Karen? Just when I thought your holiday looks could not get any better, you go and whip out THIS! *pouts* The Clarins palette is way out of my budget, but man does it look gorgeous on you. Very sophisticated, but absolutely stunning.
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Luxe lip balm (for a not-so-luxe price!) =-.

    • Karen says:

      What’s up, Rae!

      I really like this palette. The colors are quiet, but they still sing pretty songs.

      For the heck of it you should put this on your Christmas list! You never know what Santa will bring, right?

  3. Marilyn says:

    Those earrings are fabulous, by the way!
    .-= Marilyn’s last blog post… Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation – Recap! =-.

  4. mishel says:


    i just want u to know though i don’t comment on every post, i do read ur blog almost everyday and love what u have to say. ur makeup here looks good and i’m loving ur new hair!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mishel,

      It’s always good to hear from you!

      How have you been? And how are things with your new sweetie?

      Hope you’re having a good holiday season so far. πŸ™‚

  5. Paris B says:

    Incidentally I have friends popping by for some pre-Christmas cheer this weekend! However since I’ll be at home I’ll likely be going au naturel LOL… I love the earrings too!
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… Get intensive with Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Complex =-.

  6. Tiffany says:

    I love this look! πŸ™‚

    I feel like I’m in such a make-up rut, like I just wear the same thing everyday. I need to shake it off. I am going to a holiday get-together the following weekend, so I need to plan something pretty for my makeup…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      I hear ya. That happens to the best of us! Sometimes I just have the same makeup in my bag and end up using the same look over and over because it’s convenient.

      BTW, how was Tampa?

      • Tiffany says:

        I seriously need to get out of my rut! blah!

        Tampa was fun! It was so cold! I mean, maybe not that cold in the grand scheme of things, but colder than we expected. and windy. and we were up in the upper deck of the stadium! but my team won so that’s what matters, lol!

  7. Karen B says:

    I really like the overall look with your new hairdo and the earrings and the jacket. Pretty pretty pretty πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen B.,

      Thanks hon!

      Have you decided on the look to wear to the wedding? I know you mentioned doing the gray smokey eye…

      • Karen B says:

        It’s going to be a grey smoked-out affair but not a full-on smokey eye.
        And… I took the plunge and got my brows waxed this afternoon. They’re so pretty now and goodness me the difference it makes! The pain was really not as bad as I thought (upper lip at the other hand is KILLING me, ah well). Well worth it though. Thank god for mothers of my friends being licensed beauticians πŸ™‚

  8. Jane says:

    Hey karen..When do you announce the giveaway winners after the deadline? You have soo many great giveaways..I was hoping to win atleast one πŸ˜‰

    Love the look..goes with your outfit so beautifully !!

  9. Vonvon says:

    Wow! You already have the Palazzo d’Oro collection…..nice look. πŸ™‚
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Nature In A Box Christmas Promotion =-.

  10. AmyLou says:

    Gorgeous–very festive!

  11. gio says:

    I love the look, it’s pretty and sophisticated and goes well with your outfit. Those earrings are gorgeous too!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: Blue Eyeliner + IÒ€ℒm featured in a book! =-.

  12. BlovetBeauty says:

    u look gorgeous!
    .-= BlovetBeauty’s last blog post… SKIN MD GIVEAWAY! =-.

  13. Sarah says:

    I really love this look. Your eyes look gorgeous!! I get so intimidated when there are more than 2 shadows involved; what brushes to use etc. love this look, though!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sarah,

      You could totally pull off a look with three or more shadows with just two brushes — a small shader brush like the MAC 239 and a blending brush like the MAC 217. πŸ™‚

      Hmm, have you tried practicing putting on shadow at night? I like to do that sometimes while I’m watching tv. πŸ™‚

  14. Didi says:

    Hi Karen – you look gorgeous! I love the look you put together!

  15. NC says:

    Looking gorgeous ! , I love the new haircut , I was just looking at the other holiday look you had posted , my wishlist is increasing every day thanks to you πŸ™‚ Hope you have nice day

  16. Tavia says:

    The makeup you are wearing is very beautiful Karen. I like this palette and its natural shimmery colors, they could be perfect for a holiday makeup. With this palette you can achieve some elegant and beautiful makeup combination. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Review: Essie Γ’β‚¬β€œ Pink Parka =-.

  17. Anastasia says:

    Beautiful, Karen! I love the muted purple effect on the eyes on you. I’ve loved your last two holiday looks and the new haircut is brill!


  18. amy says:

    That is pretty and subtle.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser with Moisture Rich Soy Extract =-.

  19. Kae says:

    I LOVE those colours! I’ll have to grab some of these to review on my site!
    .-= Kae’s last blog post… InStyler Rotating Hot Iron Hair Straightener =-.

  20. BlovetBeauty says:

    wow, u look very chic and sophisticated πŸ™‚
    .-= BlovetBeauty’s last blog post… SKIN MD GIVEAWAY! =-.

  21. Catherine says:

    Oh, this is gorgeous! I love how the greyish taupe really opens your eyes!

    And hm. Well, I actually usually glam it up when I have brunch with the girls since I know they’ll actually appreciate it hahaha, whereas I just do a wash of taupe with dark brown in the outer corner every other day when it’s just school and work. The MAC 5 warm pigments from this year’s holiday collection are a huge favorite, especially when paired with MAC Melon. I also love the Kat von D Beethoven or Ludwig palette and recently the Get Baked palette! I’ve been doing Half Baked and Baked on the lid, Twice Baked in the outer corner and lining my lower lashline thinly with Flipside and I think it looks quite awesome. I actually just got the Deluxe Shadow Box too and I can’t wait to do the same kind of look with the purple and pink shadows too teehee. =)
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… New NOTW – Gold Glitter Tips and Heart Gem on Zoya Ginessa =-.

  22. Marina says:

    Great look! I love it. Such colours look awesome on you πŸ™‚
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Makeup Collection for Spring 2010 by NARS Cosmetics =-.

  23. Colleen says:


    I have been getting your blog emailed to me for a while now but this is the first time I have commented. (Sorry!) I cannot tell you how many times this blog has helped me! I tend to be overly dramatic or non-existent when it comes to my make up. Not a great way to be when you work in public relations. Thanks to your blog I have learned quick, easy tricks that let me feed my need for creativity but are professional enough for work. You are a life saver!

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