A NARS Summer 2011 Face of the Day Inspired by Tabs the Cat and His Pretty Green Eyes

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

Happy Tuesday, pretty. πŸ™‚ Tabs woke me up early this morning and then insisted that my makeup today pay homage to him (what a diva!).


Refusing his requests usually leads to scratches, so I reached for one of his current collection crushes, NARS Summer 2011, and told him I would “see what I can do.”

NARS Summer 2011 products clockwise from the eyeshadow trio at the bottom: Cap Ferrat Eyeshadow Trio, Exotic Dance Eyeshadow Duo, Carthage Lipstick, Dogo Eyeshadow Duo and New Order Blush

I built the look with two things in mind — 1) Tabs’ pretty green eyes, and 2) the word “Mixey,” one of his many nicknames (a shortened version of Meow Mix).

Green crops up a few times throughout the NARS Summer 2011 collection, and I tried to really incorporate it into this look, mixing some different colors together.

Unlike my look last week using the Stila Stunning in Sayulita palette, the green here isn’t as obvious or BAM! It’s a subtler hint of green.

The look’s built around the Dogon Duo and Cap Ferrat Trio Eyeshadows. Dogon’s duo chrome taupe side has a touch of green shimmer to it, which I mixed with the light and dark greens in the Cap Ferrat Trio, and then applied to my lids.

For contrast, I mixed the white and gold shades from the Exotic Dance Duo (also from the release) and swept them into the crease, and along my brow bone and lower lash line.

Because I love me some cat eyes, I wet an angled brush and applied a thick line of the black and taupe shades from the Dogon Duo mixed together along my upper lash line. Applied wet and mixed together, the two shadows create a crazy blackish green shade I kinda like.

Then, and this part feels a little bit retro to me, I donned Carthage, a matte pink lipstick. So, since I had color on both my eyes and lips, I decided to pull it back a notch (just one) on my cheeks by going with two subtle layers of New Order Blush, a sheer but shimmery purplish pink.

When I showed the finished look to Tabs, this was the response I got…

Hmm… I haven’t figured out if that means he likes it, but he hasn’t extended his claws yet, which usually indicates moderate approval. πŸ™‚

How about you and your makeup today? I’d love to hear your eyes/lips/face breakdown in the comments!


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. SoCal NARS fans, will you be anywhere near the Topanga Nordstrom in Canoga Park this weekend? If you can make it there, François Nars — the man, the myth, the legend! — will be there this Saturday, May 14 from 2-4pm.

He’ll be meeting fans and signing copies of his new book, Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself. I attended one of his book signings a few years ago, and he was the nicest guy! If you do end up going, one word of unsolicited advice — whatever you do, try to refrain from quoting Wind Beneath My Wings when you meet him.

Yes, this comes from personal experience…


Like this post? Tell your friends!

So far, 49 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Vijaya says:

    That lip color is STUNNING on you!
    Vijaya recently posted … Linnaeus Cosmetics Review- The Emerald Tree Skink Collection

  2. Maya says:

    Thats gorgeous!

  3. nidhi says:

    I like the blush
    nidhi recently posted … Yellow everyday look from Zoeva 88 palette

  4. Lauren says:

    I really like this look πŸ™‚ Thick liner is a classic!
    Lauren recently posted … Review- Liplicious Watermelon Sorbet Lip Gloss

  5. Nina says:

    omg … i doubt that francois nars will ever come to my neck of the woods but i <3 him so much!

    i love the look, so fresh and pretty!

  6. lexi says:

    I heard about that event – ugh, SoCal is so LUCKY!

    Loving your look by the way.

    I just got my Mousson cream shadow in the mail so I am experimenting with that by layering on top of other shadows this week – yes, this will be a topic of discussion for me.

    Eyes – Chanel Khaki vert – lid, NARS Nepal – crease, UD 24/7 liner – Stash
    Face – NARS Taj Mahal blush
    Lips – LM Lip Glace in Ambre Rose
    lexi recently posted … Special Delivery!

  7. Grace says:

    You look FIERCE!!! You betta work! Hahaha

    On a different note, I know you did a piece about what cameras you use but what tripods do you use?

  8. karo says:

    WOW! Loving your look!
    Tabs is so handsome! πŸ™‚

  9. Trisha says:

    OMG Karen, that necklace is awesome. Good choice, because it really goes well with the makeup. Too bad you didn’t appease Tabs, though. He’s so picky.
    Trisha recently posted … 6 Ways to Wear Green Eye Shadow

  10. gio says:

    Love it, you look gorgeous!
    gio recently posted … How To Test Cosmetics Safely At The Makeup Counter

  11. luv2smilexo says:

    gorgeous look, as always, and I love the necklace!
    luv2smilexo recently posted … Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme Lip Gloss Swatches

  12. Jessi says:

    You look gorgeous! I love when you do look posts. And that necklace is uh-may-ZING!
    Jessi recently posted … Week 5- Shopping my Stash for Untried Polish- MAC Imperial Flower

  13. Heidi says:

    Loving this collection!

    I’m rocking some NYX today. Ever since ULTA opened up here in Santa Rosa I can’t stop building my NYX collection!

    Rose Petal cream blush

    Versus 10-color shadow palette (quickly becoming my all time favorite eye shadow palette, top row is taupes and nudes, bottom row is pinks and purples, so you have warm and cool in the same palette). I put pink on the lid, cream on the browbone, and the gorgeous taupey grey used as a liner.

    Lips are MAC Lipglass in……. wait for it…. NYMPHETTE, of course!

    • Karen says:

      You know I’ve got mad love for Nymphette, girl!!! I have tubes in every purse. πŸ™‚

      What are you loving from NYX these days?

      • Heidi says:

        Well, if you don’t have the 10-pan shadow palette in Versus that I mentioned, it is AMAZING. And I love using their jumbo eye pencils as shadow bases. Oh, and the cream blushes are perfect!

  14. Paigest says:

    I love that necklace too! Love the green! I wish more people would come to Texas for a visit! Like in NEW YORK I get Jealous when I see everyone just doing drop in at various places there!! My newest one Lonely Island hanging at a music store doing a meet and greet! Love them!! Got the new CD today lovvvvve it! My favorite is Creep with Nicki Minaj!

  15. Gina says:

    Ahh I wish my look was as fun as yours today! I just whipped out my UD Naked palette, applied Sin on the lid, and a mixture of Naked and Buck in the crease. Then I put UD eye pencil in Bourbon on my upper lashline and waterline, swiped on mascara and lip balm, and called it a morning. It’s my easy, quick. “oh-god-I’m-exhausted-and-have-so-much-studying-to-do” look.

  16. Kim says:

    So laughing on the Wind Beneath my Wings comment! Those NARS shadows have a beautiful shimmer. πŸ™‚

  17. Maribeth says:

    I have Laura Mercier Tinted Mousturizer in Sand on the face, Smashbox Softbox Vanilla, Sugar, Flirt and Nude with their Bronze eyeliner that comes with the palette and Full n Soft mascara on the eyes, a pink Estee Lauder GWP blush and Clinique Pink Goddess lipstick over Estee Lauder 01 Pink lip pencil. Tabs looks quite moved BTW – I think he approves of your lovely FOTD!

  18. lovely! i especially love the lip πŸ™‚
    dani@callitbeauty recently posted … Milani Cosmetics Lip Flash in Photo Flash Is NOT For The Timid!

  19. Salvinia says:

    Gah! I love that Dogon eyeshadow so much! But I have no idea when it’ll be released in Australia, not to mention the fact that it’ll be way expensive.
    Today I’ve gone real simple with my makeup since I had to be up obscenely early for work. It’s just Mac dazzlelash mascara, Nars deep throat blush, Mac cultured lipglass and Mary Lou-manizer as highlight and a bit on the eyes. Looks nice and polished, but I prefer to get more elaborate with my eyes if I have the time, which I sadly did not this morning.

    • Karen says:

      I hope it’ll come out your way soon, Salvinia. When you see it you’ll definitely have to mix the shades… the duochrome is crazy!

      Did you you have a special project at work? What’s your job like?

      • Salvinia says:

        Oh, nothing so exciting, just plain old customer-service shift work. I mostly work afternoons and evenings, which is great, because I am in no way a morning person!

  20. Wow! Meeting François Nars! What an honor!
    Bun Bun Makeup Tips recently posted … How To- Depot Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in 5 Minutes

  21. Vonvon says:

    Hi Karen, I bought the trio and the Dogon duo at last!

    Thanks for giving me the idea of combining the shades in Cap Ferrat and Dogon for an EOTD. Will try to play with it in the weekend. πŸ™‚
    Vonvon recently posted … A-Blush-A-Day- Nos 13 &amp 14- Prorance Sunny Glam Water Glow Skinfinish in M11 &amp M18 – Swatches &amp Reviews

  22. Arummmanis says:

    Hi Karen,
    Love the lipcolor on you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge