Red Lips and Smokey Eyes at Macy’s Passport 2008

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Last night at the Macy’s Passport fashion show in San Francisco, the makeup was all about 40s-inspired glamour. Dark lips, smokey eyes and brown, shimmery cheeks dominated the runway.


Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Today I tried to re-create a slightly toned down version of the look (sans flowing burgundy gown) using the Shu Uemura Duo Eye Shadow in Mystifier on my lids and in the crease, the Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in 569 Golds (the pale pink shade in the center of the palette) on the brow bone and MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder on the water line.

For help I looked up the basic smokey eye technique MAC Cosmetics VP of Makeup Artistry Gordon Epsinet described earlier this year.

    5-Step Smokey Eye

  1. Start with a dark pencil eyeliner like MAC Smolder, which blends beautifully with cream shadows and MAC paints as well, and apply lots of black pencil to the eye. Apply the pencil around the rim of the eye first, then blend it with a MAC 219 brush.

  2. Blend and smudge until it looks like a smokey black stain.

  3. Then, blend a dark brown eye shadow into the black liner to create a mix of browns and black. Blend the brown shadow over the black pencil stain.

  4. Next, using a MAC 224 brush (a soft, fluffy, tapered brush), blend a lighter eye shadow color into and above the dark brown layer.

  5. The final look should have the darkest colors at the lash line, and the colors should transition into lighter colors the farther away you get from the lash line.

For the dark red lip I used NARS Lip Pencil in Amazon and Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Crimson Dazzle and once again followed Gordon’s advice.

The final look…

Passport was fun, but as usual it’s more about the entertainment than the clothes. Macy’s sponsors Passport to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS. It’s never boring, with lots of dancing and costumes. It’s not your run-of-the-mill fashion show, more like fashion-tainment. They turn the runway into a stage. I did like some of the clothes by Calvin Klein, Ed Hardy, Levi’s and Ben Sherman.

Some consider San Francisco a notoriously unfashionable city. I think it’s just that people dress down a lot here, lots of casual attire. Khakis are practically black tie. I tried to play it safe with a black lace dress I’ve had for years, but apparently I wasn’t the only guest with the idea, lol!

The highlight of the night was bumping into San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom.


Dude, I was so not ready for Gavin’s jelly when I turned around and saw him. He’s almost too bootilicious in real life. He’s hella tall (I was wearing FOUR-INCH HEELS) and has oh-so-dreamy eye lashes. I’ve had a thing for him since he took office in 2003, hence my doe-in-headlights look.

This afternoon I just fooled around and hung out with the cat. How about you? Do anything fun today?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lilan says:

    Gah, Gavin is so cute! And you looked amazing last night as well!

    I love the FOTD you posted, it sums up elegance, glamour, and everyday woman just perfectly!! The lippie is perfect – I want to check out that combo asap πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re having a great start off to your weekend – I’m heading out to a friend’s house for dinner right now πŸ™‚

    Lilans last blog post..Lobster Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce

  2. Chess says:

    I love the San Francisco mayor! And I love how much the people of SF adore him, too. I was at the Pride Parade in June, and the crowd was going wild when he took the stage! He seemed like such a sweetheart… and quite the looker, too!

    And you are rocking that dress way more than girlfriend with the mom-hair. πŸ˜‰

  3. Dao says:

    Wow, the mayor in your town is so tall and good lookin’! Your makeup and dress looked so elegant and LOL at the body double shot. That must be a very popular dress.

  4. Marisol says:

    You lucky thing you! I can’t believe you met Gavin. I would sooooo not know how to act. He sure is dreamy.

    Where was the event? I am glad that you had fun and you look great!

    Marisols last blog post..TILT 9.18.08

  5. YellowFever says:

    lol at your face in the deja vu pic! What foundation are you wearing in your toned down version of the smokey look? Looks great!

    YellowFevers last blog post..Princess Jasmine Eye

  6. Eru says:

    OMG! Your Mayor is hawt! πŸ˜€
    And so young! Here we have an old guy with no sex-appeal at all. LoL.

  7. tricia says:

    So what do u wear as a base to set the eye makeup so it last? Paint pot? Eye insurance?

  8. nosh says:

    o my gawd

    You look HAWT!!

    You pull off a red lip better than anyone else I’ve seen it on!! πŸ˜€

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    Thanks! Yeah, Nars Amazon is a fab lip liner. It looks great with Dolce Vida. Have fun at dinner!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Chess,

    LOL, thanks girlie. Honestly that dress is hella old, and I only keep it around because I classic enough to hold up… I guess I ain’t the only one. πŸ™‚

    That’s fab you were here for Pride! A few years ago I covered the parade for a journalism class; I remember meeting lots of very kind and cool folks.

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Funny thing is that I ordered it online from Nordstrom thinking that nobody else would do so within the general vicinity, ha ha ha!

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Right after that picture was taken I swear I gushed for 15 minutes straight. πŸ™‚ Then I realized I should’ve asked him what hair gel he uses. ShoOoOt!

    Oh,and the event’s held at Fort Mason. You should go next year!

  13. Karen says:

    Hi YellowFever,

    I used a new combo, so thanks for noticing! That’s Chanel Teint Innocence compact foundation topped with MAC Invisible Set Loose Powder.

    Here’s some more info on the products if you’re interested:

    Chanel Teint Innocence
    MAC Invisible Set Loose Powder

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Eru,

    RIGHT? I honestly got weak in the knees after meeting him. His wife (boo) is my age, heh!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Nosh,

    Thanks girl! I hope you try that combo… it’s actually really easy to apply and wear. I think it might be one of my new fave reds!

  16. Lilan says:

    Dinner was really fun – can’t go wrong with spaghetti and garlic bread!!

    Gotta get ready for bed but I can’t help but try to catch up on my blog reading πŸ˜‰

    Hope you had a great Friday night and have a great weekend!

    Lilans last blog post..Lobster Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce

  17. Karen B says:

    Dear, you look fabulous! And yes your mayor is swoon-worthy. Ours here is just middle-aged, bald, fat and plain ewwie. *shudders*

    Karen Bs last blog post..and it all goes downhill from here

  18. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. I can see you have lots of fun, and yes, your Mayor is TALL! LOLs, what’s up with the black dress. The look that you did is very nice and your lips are gorgeous. The look goes very well with your dark blue top. Your new combo of foundation is gorgeous too. I would like to try them.

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    So true. Gimme, gimme, carbs is the quote of my life.

    I really didn’t do much this evening. I’ve been super burnt out from work, so on Fridays all I really want to do is veg. It’s nice, though.

    Today I’m heading to SF for a wedding. Have a good Saturday!

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Thanks! LOL, he totally is! I hope I run into him again someday. I’m going to ask him about that hair…

    Are you having a good weekend so far?

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Yah, that combo was a happy accident. I’ve had Invisible Set sitting around for the last year, and I just sort of forgot that I had it. It photographs nicely and lasts all day! I hope you try the combo…

  22. Laurie says:

    Ooh – your mayor is fine! Tall and handsome – oh yeah!

    I really like the smokey eye you did here.

  23. Indian Girl says:

    Karen !!! Have you been doing something to your face that you havent told us yet….You are glowing woman ! The Stila FOTD and the Macys’s FOTD look gorgeous !!

  24. Marisol says:

    How does someone get an invite to this event?

    I still can’t believe you met Gavin. Still swooning…

    Marisols last blog post..TILT 9.18.08

  25. Glosslizard says:

    Sincerely beautiful FOTD! I love the interpretation of the smoky eye with the green and gold!

    Wow, I’ve heard Gavin Newsom so often on the radio, I had no idea he was such a hottie! Fort Mason, hmmmm?…… πŸ˜‰

  26. Meesh says:

    gavin newsom is the reason i live in sf.

    haha! not really! i’m so jealous of you and your pic with him. if i ran into newsom, i don’t know if i’d be able to put together a coherent SENTENCE. just ::drool::. hahahah!

  27. Missy says:

    This could be featured on “Who rocked it better?” You did of course. LOVE the eyes. Did you mention what you used?

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Laurie,

    Yes he is!!! πŸ™‚

    And thanks! I am far from getting to smokey eye nirvana, but yeah, I liked how this one turned out. πŸ™‚

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    Thanks girlfriend — it’s a new combo w/ Chanel and MAC Invisible Set. Have you tried that loose powder? It photographs well.

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    You don’t need an invite — you can buy the tix on Ticketmaster. πŸ™‚ It’s a charity event, too, so you can probably count it as a donation when it’s tax time.

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Thanks, girlie! Yeah, the green was a nice surprise of color when the pics came out. It’s the amazing duochrome from the Shu cream shadow.

    I can’t believe you’ve never seen pics of G. Newsom!!!! Girl, you’ve been missign out!

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Meesh,

    LOL, I was pretty useless after that picture was taken. I couldn’t get over the fact that he had his arm around me and that he shook my hand.

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Missy,

    Awww, thanks, girlie! Yah, all the products I used are listed in the second paragraph, with links to previous reviews. I hope that helps!

  34. tatiana says:

    I saw Gavin cutie at a Wells Fargo fundraiser luncheon. He was right in front of me but I was too shy to speak at all. Hella sexy!

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Tatiana,

    I was too shy to say hi at first too. I figured what the hell, it’s probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a fool of myself. πŸ™‚ He’s really tall, yah?

  36. Karen B says:

    The weekend was nice. I’m just becoming ill now πŸ™

    Karen Bs last blog post..and it all goes downhill from here

  37. Tammy says:

    Karen this look is stunning!!

  38. Katie says:

    I am lovin’ this look on you! Something about the bright lips with the lovely highlighting on your browbone, I think. Happy makeup!
    Katie recently posted … Oh- the weather outside is frightful!

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