Holiday Party Makeup: The Holiday Cocktail Party or Mixer

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


Ah, ladies. Aren’t you glad it’s Friday? 🙂 TGIF! Today, since we’re getting down to the Christmas wire and the social season’s in full effect, I thought I’d try a makeup look with a little more pizazz than my earlier ideas for office parties and small get-togethers with friends.


It hit me while thumbing through the small look book that comes with Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Volume II palette. There’s a shot of a sultry smokey eye that practically jumps right off the page!

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Admiring Studying the picture for a moment, what stood out to me were the blending and colorful shimmer.

Not wanting to spend too long on my makeup this morning, the version I tried requires a little less blending to do.

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Still wanting the eyes to be the focal points of the look, I went with a (subtler) shimmery golden peach cheek using NARS Orgasm Blush and a coral lip with MAC Cremestick Liner in Summerfruit, adding a layer of Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Sugar Cookie on top.

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I’m picturing myself wearing this to a holiday cocktail party with friends, maybe paired with something edgy (these Max Studio outfits sprang to mind).


So where’s the party at, haaaay? If you’re heading to one this weekend, can I come too? 🙂

Two weeks till Xmas!

Do you remember being a kid and feeling like the last few days before Christmas stretched on forever? Like they lasted decades? But for adults it’s like weeks pass in the blink of an eye… I swear it was just Halloween 20 minutes ago, LOL!


What are your plans this weekend? El Hub and I might go to dinner, but Tabs/T-Woww plans to stay home and watch the new episode of Jersey Shore.


He’s obsessed with that show. I caught him searching for tanning beds and hair gel on Google a few minutes ago…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. nina says:

    karen – how do you apply color/eyeshadow to below your lashline & in the corner? specifically, what brush? i’ve really never used eyeshadow anywhere but on my eyelids…im afraid of getting eyeshadow everywhere & then it gunking up in my eyes = major grossdom! i’m olive-skinned like you so ive really loved some of your looks over the past few days but am too afraid to try them!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina,

      I really, REALLY love the MAC 214. Here’s a link to a post I did about it a while back. I’ve tried a number of brushes and this is my favorite for applying shadows and smudging along the lash line.

      You should try a few of the looks! Don’t be scurred. 🙂 Do ’em while you’re at home watching TV… think of it as playtime. If it doesn’t turn out the way you want it, then you can always wash it off, right?

  2. Citrine says:

    Ohh, I want to rub Tab’s belly…
    .-= Citrine’s last blog post… My 2009 Holliday Wishlist (and how I cleared it up) =-.

    • Karen says:

      Some believe that if you do that your wish will come true. I dunno, I keep rubbing his belly and wishing to win the lottery but it hasn’t happened yet. *crosses fingers*

  3. Tavia says:

    The look is beautiful Karen, I even like the eyeshadow colors 🙂 too bad I have no plans for this X-mas 🙁
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… “Hollywood Stars” a Limited Edition collection by Estee Lauder and Michael Kors for Spring 2010 =-.

  4. Sarah R says:

    Ok, of course I heart your eyes in this post and every post! BUT, I wanna know what you put in your hair today to make it so wavy and cute?!?! My hair is very similar in length and style to your hair and I LOVE this look!!! Spill the beans…
    Thanks pretty!

  5. Shiny says:

    I agree about time flying… I have no recollection for November even happening 😐
    Awww ‘The Situation’ on Tabs is too cute, my dog is older (13) and he still acts like a pup when you rub his belly.

  6. rebecca says:

    LMAO at the situation and TWOWW! HAHAHA im just as obsessed with my kitty as you are,, i call his situation “the goods” haha!

  7. Kelly says:

    Ok I have that palette now, and need to try that eye, it’s hot!

    I am still on the couch with this nasty cold that will not go away, so no parties for me. I am just hoping the rain stops long enough for me to go out and get a tree. I have no decor up yet and I am a huge Christmas decor fan!

    I really need to check out Jersey Shore now. I picture those guys looking like Victoria Gotti’s sons, did you ever see her “reality” show? Horrific!
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Vampy Varnish Fav’s Featuring: Silver =-.

  8. gio says:

    Tabs is soo cute!

    I love the eye makeup, it’s so beautiful and hot!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… 3 Tips to Survive a Bad Hair Day =-.

  9. Lindsay says:

    I think this is my favorite FOTD you’ve done yet! I love the colors on you. So pretty! Say hi to Tabs for me!

  10. Amanda says:

    Pretty! I still tend to think of teal as summery, so would sub this out with more olive-y colors. But still very pretty on you. And I like the first outfit the best.
    We going to the zoo tomorrow night-they have Christmas lights, ice carvers, hot chocolate, etc. should be fun! but we will have to bundle up….scarves and hats all the way.

  11. Alison says:

    Haha! I love Tabs’ “situation”! For some reason, my fiance thinks Jersey Shore is the most hilarious show ever. It’s really funny to watch the show with him and see his reactions. And we actually started calling our cat’s belly “The Predicament” the other day!

  12. That is a way intense smokey eye! I love the teal lid color, this is probably more bold than I’d wear out, but I still really love it. I like the first outfit with the over the knee boots. Supercute!
    .-= Makeupmorsels’s last blog post… DHC Eyelash Tonic…Does it do anything? =-.

  13. Suji says:

    Ooh! I love that look! I just got the book of shadows II so I will have to try that 🙂 I put the show pony shadow palette on my christmas wishlist so I hope one of my family members picks that up for me haha. gotta love urban decay!

  14. amy says:

    That smokey eye looks HAWT on you. I just picked up the U/D Book of Shadows with my Sephora $15 off coupon and I can’t wait to play around with it. Tabs is so cute showing his tummy taking a cat nap. I never could have guessed that he has a bit of red hair.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Aveeno Positively Radiant Toner with Moisture Rich Soy Extract =-.

  15. Marisol says:

    Looks great Karen!

    This weekend I am hanging out with my mom and sister tomorrow and Sunday, I am meeting up with some friends who live in berkeley. They are from Spain and are only here until the end of the year. It will be our “see you later” celebration since I so plan on visiting them next year.

    Try to avoid the rain!
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Gals Guide meet up =-.

  16. Noemi says:

    This is my favorite holiday party look so far ! Bright colors like this don’t look good on me, but this looks so good on you ! and i love the hair & the last outfit on the photo .
    Tabs looks so comfy ..i wish i could just chill like that all the time .

  17. BOmi says:

    LOVIN the hair!

  18. L says:

    Aww! Tabs tummy! Pets for the situation.

  19. Karen B says:

    It’s so pretty!
    I had press conference for the musical I’m in yesterday evening. It was my try-out for the grey smokey-ish look for my cousin’s wedding. It worked out great, I’m really happy with it. Also it was so hot in there so that was definitely a test for the durability of the entire face… 🙂
    Tonight I have more rehearsals so no going out night for me *pouts*

  20. Christy says:

    Love your hair! 😀
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… MAC Mineralize All-Over Lotion Review =-.

  21. Lina says:

    Love that look. The lips look great! And you have the perfect bed-head hair in that picture (is that the right term?) – I mean it in a good way.

    I want to know how you styled your hair too. I must try that lip/cheek combination.
    .-= Lina’s last blog post… 7 Things I’m Loving Right Now =-.

  22. Catherine says:

    This is so very pretty!

    Also! I just got my UD Get Baked Palette (which I totally ordered off Hautelook b/c of your last post on Bourbon + the look you linked to) and I LOVE IT! I’ve worn it to two parties in the last two days and it is just so perfect! So thanks for the rec! 😀
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… New NOTW – Gold Glitter Tips and Heart Gem on Zoya Ginessa =-.

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