A Gold and Warm Brown Face of the Day With MAC and Rouge Bunny Rouge (and a Tip for Doe-Eyed Looks)

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

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere

Today felt like a gold and warm browns kind of day…

You might think that my down-filled winter coat gets all the credit for keeping me warm right now, but nope — that’s not why I feel downright toasty today (although the coat is helping, because DUUUDE, it’s cold outside!).

I’ve been going through a gold phase, and when I woke up this morning, the first thing I wanted to do — well, after putting on thermals, two pairs of socks and the aforementioned coat — was bust out the warm browns to wear with some shimmery gold shadows.


Ah… So warm and toasty. πŸ™‚ I used one of my favorite easy eye makeup tricks, too. It’s a good way to add extra kick to metallic looks, and make your peepers appear rounder (think “more doe-eyed”).

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere, MAC Woodwinked, MAC Bamboo, MAC Soft Brown, MAC Ricepaper

MAC Ricepaper along my brow bone, MAC Bamboo in the crease, MAC Soft Brown in the crease and lower lash line, MAC Woodwinked on the lid and Rouge Bunny Rouge Pigment in Embrace of Cashmere in the center of the lid

For the gold effect here, all you need are two golden shimmery eyeshadows — one lighter than the other. Today I chose two shades that aren’t too far from each other because I wanted to keep my blending to a minimum. I went with MAC Woodwinked for the darker gold and Rouge Bunny Rouge’s new Loose Glitter Pigment in Embrace of Cashmere ($26) as the lighter shade.

I started by sweeping a warm matte brown in the crease, then patted the darker gold on the lid, blended the two together to erase any harsh lines and patted the lighter gold in the center of the lid, just above my iris.

MAC Teddy, MAC Powersurge, MAC Blacktrack and MAC Carbon

MAC Blacktrack and MAC Carbon Eye Shadow on my upper lash line, MAC Teddy Eye Kohl on my upper water line, MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl on my lower lash line and MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara on my lashes

The lighter color in the center completes the gradient that goes from the darker gold in the outer corner of the lid (the side closer to your ear), to the lighter color in the center, to the darker gold again in the inner corner.

And the gradient makes the magic happen. πŸ™‚ It’s what makes the eyes look slightly rounder, while the lighter metallic color flashes in the light to give a little extra something to the overall look.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere with MAC Woodwinked

MAC Woodwinked with Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere in the center

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere

Swatch of Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere…

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere

Embrace of Cashmere packaging

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere, a light champagne gold

Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere

I love the RBR logo…

MAC Style Blush on my cheeks

Cheeks are MAC Style Blush, MAC Give Me Sun Mineralize Skinfinish (underneath the cheek bone) and MAC Shaping Powder in Accentuate (highlight); lips are MAC Subculture Lip Pencil and MAC Moth to Flame Dazzleglass

The effect is super subtle here — good for daytime. Plus, it’s not very hard to do. You could, of course, always increase the drama by using colors with more contrast to enhance the doe-eyed effect and amplify the look for going out and/or parties.

If you give it a try sometime, let me know how it goes! You can also tweet it to me on Twitter, or post it on Facebook or Instagram. I always love to see your makeup. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Sara says:

    your skin (and the whole look, really) is so on pointe here!

    also i had a dream last night that you had surgery and i went to your house to check on you. i know this is creepy. i’m sorry.

  2. Natalie says:

    I love this eyeshadow technique! The whole look you made here is just gorgeous! You look beautiful.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Natalie,

      Thanks, my friend. πŸ™‚ Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was so relaxing, but I got a lot of stuff done, too, which always makes me feel great.

  3. Liz says:

    With every post and picture you look more and more beautiful. It’s time to start spilling some secrets.

  4. Nik says:

    Oooo, this look is incredible! I need a new crease color, I’m gonna put these MAC colors on my swatch list! Gorgeous!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nik,

      I’ve got MAC crease color suggestions FOR DAYS if you need ’em. Just let me know what you’re looking for.

      • Nik says:

        Ahhhhh! Freaking awesome! XD Right now I’m using MAC honesty, I wear mega shimmer all the time! I can pull it off because I wear glasses!) I just want a beautiful blender shade, urban decay primer makes my shadow have an edge after a few hours, so I need a long lasting crease color! I have a medium skin tone, but if you share your very favorites that would solve my problem!!!!!! So cool of you Karen, thank you!

  5. Bethanie says:

    Did you use the RBR’s applicator or a different brush? It blended so nicely!

  6. Dovey says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love the soft glow of your look here (and that fuzzy parka :-))

  7. Agata says:

    A beautiful look. Can you believe I don’t own Woodwinked? And I’m always mesmerized by how eautiful it looks.

  8. Linda says:

    Haha… your post made me laugh, because I know how cold it really gets in the Bay area *LOL!*… 2 pairs of socks! But seriously, you look FAB…. I do that pop of gold in the middle of the lid sometimes too, and yes, somedays all I can manage is some easy shades that don’t require too much blending!

  9. Chelsea says:

    Your skin looks great here, and this is definitely a doable look, with colors I already have in my collection.

    I walked to work today in mid 20s, windy weather, Brr! I had on my 3/4 length down coat and hood, plus gloves. It’s getting to be a bit nippy for the walk, glad I won’t have to walk too much longer!

  10. Megan says:

    We’ve been in a -50 degree celsius deep freeze for a few days here so your warm-and-cozy eye looks so very pleasant. Might have to give that a whirl tomorrow, though Woodwinked looks infinitely better on you than it does on me. Thanks for this post, you’re so awesome.

  11. Rachel P says:

    SO pretty in your parka!! πŸ˜€ Plus, I adore this look- it’s pretty close to what I wear on a daily basis, very work-friendly and all πŸ™‚

  12. Gowthami says:

    The look is just absolutley gorgeous!
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  13. Dollie says:

    You look gorgeous! Love this subtle, warm makeup look.
    One request, could you pls do a post on your daily skincare routine?? You have amazing skin and I’d love to know the secrets πŸ™‚

  14. Manja says:

    Oh this combo is sooo pretty! I do have Woodwinked at home and I will certainly find a matte brown shadow and a gold one in my stash. I am totally gonna try this soon πŸ™‚
    Rouge Bunny Rouge is such a great brand, right? I have their Sea of Clouds Liquid Highlighter and I LOVE it!

  15. Sheryl says:

    Your skin is absolutely beautiful!!! I want skin like yours!!!!

  16. hanna says:

    This looks so good!
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  17. smeegal9 says:

    This is a very pretty look on you. Any recs for a replacement for the RBR color?

  18. Erica says:

    Beautiful look! Mac’s Woodwinked is a regular for my chocolate skin, but I usually shy away from RBR products for some irrational reason. I have to try that RBR gold pigment. I even love the packaging.! Awesome tip Karen.

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