Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips: A MAC Carine Roitfeld Face of the Day

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

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Wearing the MAC Carine Roitlfeld Full Face Kit in Jungle Camouflage ($44) on my eyes and cheeks, and Lipstick in Tropical Mist ($16.50) on my lips

TABS: Woman. Woooo-man. WOMAN!

KAREN: Um, yes, Tabs?


TABS: I need you to stop whatever you’re doing because I have an urgent task for you.

KAREN: Well, I’m in the middle of alphabetizing your cans of gravy right now, which earlier today you called the “highest priority” in the office, and if I stop now to do something else, I’ll be here all night long.

TABS: And…?

KAREN: [Sigh] What is it?

TABS: Listen, I’m gonna need you to try on these two new pieces from the MAC Carine Roitfeld collection — the Full Face Kit in Jungle Camouflage and the Lipstick in Tropical Mist.

KAREN: Sure, but does it have to be now? Can’t it wait ’til tomorrow?

TABS: Oh, I’m sorry. Did the terms of your employment suddenly change? — because I don’t remember paying you to ask questions.

KAREN: It’s funny you should mention that, because I don’t remember you paying me at all.

TABS: Well excuuuuuse me, miss thing! If you don’t want the job, I can get someone else. I know at least 50 girls who would jump at the chance to assist me.

KAREN: Okay, okay. Don’t get your tail in a knot. Is there a particular look you want me to try?

TABS: That’s better. Yes, how about something smokey? You know I lurves me some smokey eyes.

Full Face Kit in Jungle Camouflage on the left and Lipstick in Tropical Mist on the right

mac carine roitfeld swatches

Full Face Kit in Jungle Camouflage swatches from the left: Cremeblend Blush in Bootcamp Bronze, and Eyeshadows in Dew, Camo, Bad Lieutenant and Carbon; Lipstick in Tropical Mist on the right

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mac carine roitfeld

mac carine roitfeld

mac carine roitfeld

MAC teamed up with Carine Roitfeld, former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief, fashion model and writer, to create the MAC Carine Roitfeld Collection, a 20-piece release that plants the focus firmly on eyes and brows for a look that reflects Carine’s signature smokey eyes, bold brows and nude lips. You can find it now at North American MAC counters, stores and Coming to international locales next month.

KAREN: [about 20 minutes later] Well, what do ya think?

TABS: Hmm… Acceptable. I deem you worthy of me not scratching you.

KAREN: Um, okay? Thank you. I think.

TABS: Tell me, what did you think of the products?

KAREN: Well, the shadows in the Full Face Kit are really easy to blend. No fallout either. And the Cremeblend Blush looks very natural.

TABS: Go on…

KAREN: The Lipstick, though? Eh. Cute packaging, but it’s super sheer. Almost too sheer, like I’m not wearing anything at all… It might as well be a lip balm.

TABS: Interesting. Thank you for your report. I’ll take it under advisement while preparing my holiday gift list.

Oh! — look at the time. I’m expecting a Skype call from Choupette Lagerfeld any minute. Please shut the door on your way out.


KAREN: Sure thing, boss.

The Kitty Song

Cat ladies, this song’s for you!

No, seriously. It’s an awesome tune called Kitty Song, and it was written and recorded by MBB reader Shannon (how cool is that?!). Give it a listen (or 10 or 12!). It’s sure to bring a smile to your face. 🙂

Tabs likes to think that he inspired the references to tempting tummies…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Larissa says:

    I really hope that line gets to Mexico, the smokey eye looks amazing!

  2. Jean Clare says:

    Wow, you look amazing! I need to check out this collection. Also, great redesign on the site. 🙂

  3. Crystal says:

    Tabs must have been Meryl Streep’s inspiration in the Devil Wears Prada….meoooow! Love your smoky eye!
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    • Karen says:

      LOL, that’s one of his favorite movies, for sure!

      Sometimes I think he believes he’s the Anna Wintour of the cat world…

      How has your week been? Good, I hope!

  4. Nicole says:

    You can do a mean smokey eye! The shading made it look like you were wearing faux lashes.
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  5. GORGEOUS!! You sure can rock a smokey eye! I’ve been meaning to take a look at these. Will do so this weekend!
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  6. Kailan says:

    Wow, you look absolutely breathtaking in these photos!
    Such a flattering smokey eye as well. Absolutely love it.
    I must get my hands on this kit!

    Btw, the “conversation” between you and your cat was hilarious-loved it!

    Great post!

  7. Those smokey eyes look very fierce! I love this look on you Karen and the conversation between you and Tabs. El jefe is very strict ei… 😀

  8. LOVE your smokey eyes! It’s true that Tropical Mist looks SUPER sheer. It must have taken you quite a bit of building up (or did you prep your lips with foundation/concealer?) for it to look this nude!

    The song’s SO adorable!
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  9. Sarah says:

    You look lovely! Love the new layout. 🙂

    The Kitty Song totally made my day, thanks for sharing it!

  10. Bregit says:

    I love the stories about you and Tabs its great, you should write childrens books.


  11. Nina says:

    The song is really lovely! Her voice is too! We’ve been dancing to it for a while now. I’ll make sure that my fellow cat ladies listen to it too, I’m sure they’ll love it!

  12. Beautiful!

    <3 Tabs
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  13. Marina says:

    Such eye makeup looks fantastic on you, Karen!!!
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  14. Kim says:

    This is definitely a daytime-friendly smokey eye (at least I think so). It looks great and I think the Dew and Camo make it appropriate for any occasion, even stalking the aisles at TJ’s. 🙂

    Btw, I read your opening line as Mike Myers doing his stage show in So I Married an Ax Murderer. It’s making me smile. 🙂

  15. Stacey says:

    This is one of my favorite looks on you!!! Love the new layout! and just wanted to say your page is the highlight of my morning! =]

  16. Nina says:

    Gorgeous look! 🙂

  17. musical says:

    You do the best smokey eyes! And OMG, that LOOK on Tabs’s face-priceless! And his tum-tums *faints* :).

  18. marta says:

    Wow, you look amazing…the kitty is not too bad either 🙂

  19. Kate & Zena says:

    You and me must be having a coordination day with Zena and Tabs, Karen. Zena is wearing a satin dark purple ribbon too! In fact, I bet it’s the EXACT same color! It sure looks like it!

    I was tiring of Zena going around naked (sans collar) and so I decked her out in a purple ribbon. I had no idea little Tabs would be wearing one too. 🙂

    I love your Tabs-inspired smoky eye. Tres chic. 😉

  20. Very cute post! And you look fabulous with that smokey eye. Dannnng girl!!!

  21. BB says:

    Wow you look amazing! Love the eye makeup and lip color.

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