A Mid-Week Date Night Look with Chanel, MAC and NARS

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

When it started to look like cereal for dinner, El Hub and I decided at the last minute to go on a mid-week date last night (fish and chips, and beer… romantic, I know!). I went with this quick, sparkly look using a mix of new pieces from NARS, Chanel and MAC (and very little blending) and sprinkled it with some permanent products from Jouer, Hourglass, Buxom and Urban Decay.


Here’s a product breakdown of the look…



Nothing much, but it only took a couple of minutes to do. Perfect for impromptu fried foods and beer. πŸ™‚

Quick — say you only have 2 minutes to do your makeup before dinner. What do you do?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Amber says:

    Super pretty! And yesterday I wasn’t convinced, but today I want those earrings bad. πŸ˜€

  2. Nina says:

    love the look – so elegant!

    ps — im wearing evrev today w/ ever hip! loves it!

  3. Heidi says:

    Love this look. I’m definitely going to have to get SOMETHING from the new Chanel collection!

    My two minutes would be: under eye concealer, liner, mascara, lip & cheek tint, done!

    Speaking of tints & stains, I got my Ev Rev the other day and did two really fun combos with it: I put it over Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint, gorgeous, and then, for my second look, I got out my Tarte Rise & Shine lip stain in Nectar, used the stain side on my lips, topped it with Ev Rev… stunning! Sparkly, coral-y goodness!

  4. Radhika says:

    Oh..now I need the NARS lipstick too!!! Loved the makeup πŸ™‚
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  5. Kaitlin says:

    Looks great! With two minutes I would put on a layer of my Bare Escentuals matte foundation, curl my eyelashes and quickly line just the top lid and waterline. Add a sweep of mascara and put lipgloss on in the car and I’m good to go!

  6. Kaitlin says:

    Oh, and I forgot sunscreen! I always wear sunscreen because I’m so pale! But the BE has SPF in it so it wouldn’t be an essential if I only had two minutes!

  7. Jenny says:

    wow that is one of my favorite looks you’ve done! i was on the fence about the montego bay lipstick but i think i def wanna get it now for sure. do u hae any recommedations for a peachy pink lipstick that’s not coral or sheer? i love chanel evasion (peachy but has alot of pink on when applied) but it’s ridiculously sheer for the price.

  8. Juventina Paredes says:

    hey girl!! did you always found a winner for the mac gift card? and if you did how would we know!! where should we go to see it.. thanks i would like if you email me thanks

  9. Sarah S. says:

    Pretty look, Karen πŸ™‚ I wanted to say great job on EvRev! At first I worried it may not be unique enough (just a sheer gloss?), but I bought it anyway because I’m a loyal reader. But, I’m glad to say it is gorgeous! It makes my natural lips or any color I put underneath look soooo glowy! It really is special. And it really captures your essence, as well, because you always seem to glow!

  10. lexi says:

    what a pretty look! I love impromtu date nights with hubby during the week – even if our daughter tags along!

    Depending on my existing eye or lip look – I’ll add MAC Feline to my water line to dress things up. Otherwise, I’ll just add a dark lip pencil to my gloss or nude lipstick.

    All else fails, a fresh application of NARS Gilda or Taj Mahal!

  11. Melissa says:

    OMG, this is one of the prettiest looks I’ve ever seen on you. When men say they like women with a “natural” look, this is what they mean. They are so cute when they think that the look they like is “no makeup”. haha.

  12. gio says:

    You look so pretty, love it!

  13. karo says:

    So wonderful…
    You look so cute!
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  14. Patty says:

    LOVE the lipstick and gloss!

  15. Rinnie says:

    Love your hair in these pics.! Looks so cute and fun.

  16. Sunayana says:

    2 minutes would be moisturizer, a UD 24/7 pencil in whatever color works with my outfit, some lipstick and philosophy gloss. And MUFE HD powder on my T zone. I have naturally long lashes so I don’t use mascara very often.

  17. Marian says:

    You look gorgeous! I really love that Chanel shadow.

  18. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous Karen!! I just had to tell you that I got your ER lipglass the other day and wore it with Subculture liner. I used Chanel Espiegle blush with it and it was so pretty! πŸ™‚

  19. morrigan says:

    Oh I like two minute looks! XD I’m an all it nothing sort of gal.. either take an hour doin makeup, or five minutes. πŸ™‚ I do black liner, gold shadow*finger swiped of course*, mascara, curl lashes and chapstick <3

  20. Arummmanis says:

    Karen, love the cheeks. They’re glowing.
    What foundie did you use?

    2 mnts huh? I’d say, concealer, two way cake, eyebrow pencil, liquid eyeliner( just for the wing of the eyes) n bright lipstick or gloss.

  21. Meta says:

    A picture of loveliness!! I’d love to know where you got your top from!

  22. Liz! says:

    I love the eyes! I’m lusting after those Chanel shadows real bad!
    For 2 minute date makeup, I throw on black liner, mascara, blush and dot a bit of concealer where I need it. If I get all that done super fast and I have time, I like to add some a sheer or shimmery eye shadow.

  23. Angie says:

    UD 24/7 in zero smudged around eyes then line around eyes again
    Viva Glam V on lips and i’m good to go :3

  24. Candace says:

    Definitely concealer under my eyes, brown mascara on my eyebrows, maybe some black mascara on lashes, and a bright lipstick (or maybe a MLBB one)!

  25. Eva says:

    dammit, you’re making me want that chanel :{

  26. Lucia says:

    Love the look, it’s very fresh and summery! Without seeing swatches I thought Fantasme would be too white/glittery, but it looks so sheer and pretty.

    • Karen says:

      I was afraid it would look too white and silvery too, but it’s actually pretty wearable. It’s almost like it’s in a colorless base with white/silver glitter.

  27. Kim says:

    I hope you’ll laugh at the truth of this and not be discouraged that I still have so far to go, but if I had only 2 minutes before dinner, I’d grab a q-tip, quickly wet the tip by putting it in my mouth and then use it to wipe off whatever liner had migrated down from my lower lash line. I think it’s a small step up from just walking out the door without even passing a mirror, which would have been what I’d have done a year ago. πŸ™‚

    Btw, are there scenarios where you’d actually wash everything off your face and begin from scratch? Obviously I’ve never done that, but I assume some people do – at least sometimes.

    • Karen says:

      Hey, small victories, right? πŸ˜€

      The only time I’d probably wash everything off and start from scratch is if my skin was feeling really oily. You could probably get a similar sort of clean slate by using a makeup wipe to remove everything away but your eye makeup , then touching up your eye makeup, and then putting on the rest of your face. It would take longer than two minutes though… maybe five to ten, depending on how much you wanna wear.

  28. Lauwchen says:

    lovelyy! πŸ™‚

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