Clinique Black Tie Violets: A Face of the Day

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

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Last Friday’s Clinique Black Tie Violets swatchfest ignited a serious makeup love affair. I’ve been wearing the eye, lip and cheek products from the new holiday collection all week long.


My favorite look so far? This violet eye, shimmery plum cheek and dark pink lip. That’s Colour Surge Eyeshadow Quad in Black Tie Violets ($25) and Brush-On Cream Liner in Violet Luxe ($15) on my peepers, Shimmering Stripes Powder Blush in Tuxedo Plums ($30) on my cheeks and Defining Liner for Lips in Pomegranate ($14) topped with High Impact Lip Color in Extreme Pink ($14) on my kisser.

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I like this eye look paired with the dark pink lipstick, but I think it would also be pretty with a sheer pink or violet gloss, too.

If you’d like a tutorial, then HOLLA at yo’ girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

What colors did you wear today? Did anybody else rock the violets?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Stephie says:

    Nice to see you recovered well. I did not rock the violets but I did rock a smokey eye today. I’m hearing such great things about the Tuxedo Plums blush. Maybe I’ll drop Santa a hint ๐Ÿ˜›
    .-= Stephie’s last blog post… U by Ungaro lipstick EQUALS nude lippie love =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephie,

      You should! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a lovely color. You can build it up or wear it sheer… here I applied it with a fan brush for just a hint of color.

  2. Purple must be in the air! I just posted a purple eye look too! I am really liking this look on you, especially with the brighter lip! You go girl!
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Purple Eyeshadow: Drama and Fun…All Rolled In To One!! =-.

  3. Tiffany says:

    HOLLAAAA! It’s taken me a while but I’ve realized that purples look really good on me! I think your eye look here would also look pretty with their superbalm in lilac! also, your hair looks so freakin’ pretty!!!

  4. wow.. u look great
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… Kesha Silver Eyes & Dresses =-.

  5. Kypris says:

    I love those colours on you! And the look is so classy. I think a tutorial would be awesome… I have a few purples that I could probably make work to mimic something similar, but I have no clue where to get started…

  6. AnneMarieB says:

    Tutorial, pretty please!

  7. Jenna says:

    you look so pretty!!

  8. Rae says:

    Holy CRAP, girl. You look amazing! I didn’t even roll out of bed early enough today to put on colour, much less rock a violet shadow, so my hat is off to you ๐Ÿ˜› Like a lot of the other commenters, I would also love a tutorial for this — it’s absolutely killer!

    (If you rolled out of bed with that hair, I’m shaving you bald and making a wig out of it. Not only do your eyes look fab, you totally have model-hair!)
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… This bird is REALLY EFFING SCARY. =-.

  9. Solรƒยฉ says:

    Hey Karen! This look is beautiful on you! So many girls are afraid of purple but it’s surprisingly wearable, I think it’s universally flattering. I really want this palette!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Sole,

    Thanks hon! I agree… purple is a girl’s BFF. It took me a long time to get comfy with it though. For years I swear I felt like Barney in the color. ๐Ÿ™‚

    How’s your week going? Doing anything fun this weekend?

  11. adinda says:

    U really need to make tutorial of this FOTD!its amazing karen..really..I’m waiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. amy says:

    I love purples and I keep on buying them even though I have so many purple eyeshadows and lipglosses.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Tarte Treasure Chest Tier 1:Shimmery Eyeshadows Review and Swatches =-.

  13. Steph B says:

    Looks gorgeous! I’m a big fan of the purple eye but am too timid to do much around the lower lid. Women wear pretty conservative or no makeup around here. Going to have to play with my stash. I have BB Violet Ink — looks similar to this gel liner — and Black Plum for the days I’m not feeling so sparkly. I just love this liner color on all colored eyes — really draws them out.

  14. teresa says:

    tutorial for SUREE please ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= teresa’s last blog post… lalaloverly: @karenmbb usually in the home improvement aisle! ๐Ÿ™‚ =-.

  15. Catherine says:

    Gorgeous! I love purples on you – would love to see a tutorial of this look please!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… MotoLove! =-.

  16. L says:

    Your hair looks really pretty today! Damn.

    I really like the combination of the purple eye and the dark pink lip. I think this has inspired me to play around a little bit with my new massive Sephora kit (you know, the ones they release with approximately 2895798327 lip glosses and eye shadows).

  17. gio says:

    You look gorgeous! Purples look great on you and I love that lip color, it goes so well with the eye makeup. I’d love to see a tutorial too.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: Pink and purple =-.

  18. Sarah says:

    Steph B, I can totally sympathize! The typical make up look at my work is conservative or full on 90’s (I’m going to be offensive and say some historians tend to stay stuck in the past…)

    I would love a tutorial for this look. I’m doing a bit of violet today (the Lorac Silver Screen pallet, cool toned colors), but no where as vivid as this. I’m definitely going to pick up the lip combo, I love a good pink!

  19. Tavia says:

    Hi Karen! This one is a beautiful look. I definitely should try it because I love almost all the products from this collection and I think is the perfect way to pass from pink to another colors. You look beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Clarins Palazzo dรขโ‚ฌโ„ขOro รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Holiday 2009 Collection =-.

  20. Jane says:

    Hey Karen !

    You made me buy the show pony palette from urban decay.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it…could you please do a tutorial/look from that , please ? pretty please ?

  21. MariaF says:

    Can you do a tutorial please? I really like how this looks on you, I was thrilled without it until I saw it on you, but I really want this now! I am kind of bad at eyeliner + blending eye shadows, so please do a tutorial!

  22. Brinki says:

    I’d love a tutorial on this look! It’s very pretty.
    .-= Brinki’s last blog post… Like This =-.

  23. Kim says:

    GOD! I’m having a serious love affair with your HAIR! It’s so long and friggin’ beautiful. I wish my hair would magically just grow out, already. It’s shoulder length-ish (when straightened) and these curls are gettin’ on my DANG nerves.

    It’s at that really awkward length where some of my hair is barely wavy and some of it is straight up kinky lol… it sounds weird, but if you saw it when I first wake up, you’d know what I’m talking about!

  24. CC says:

    I like this combo of colors. Plus, it doesn’t involve intimidating eyeshadow techniques, which I have YET to master, so I know I could use this look any day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi CC,

      One great thing about Clinique shadows is that they’re pigmented, but not as heavily pigmented as lines like MAC or Urban Decay. This allows a lot of room for trial and error, especially with challenging shades like purple!

      Hope you’re having a lovely Friday so far!

  25. resham says:

    You have such lovely gorgeous hair? Would you mind telling what that hair cut/hair style called?
    Like what did you exactly tell your hair stylist to get that cut?
    .-= resham’s last blog post… THANK YOU!!! =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Resham,

      I’m long overdue for a cut! From what I recall, last May the stylist cut long layers. I have very heavy hair, so she also removed some of the weight by thinning out some. I (hopefully) have time to go back in the next few weeks. When I get the specific names of the techniques she uses I’ll check back in with ya. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Ashley says:

    I just bought this collection last week! I would love the tutorial of your look ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. DLA in OKC says:

    These are beautiful colors on you, Karen.

  28. Ashley says:

    It’s a tie between the eyeshadow quad shadow and the purple liner! Both are pretty and easy to use! I love when you do a look with makeup that I own, because it gives me ideas of different ways to use the products ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Tiffany says:

    I love the lilac Superbalm! For eyeshadows my fave purples are by MAC: beautiful iris and parfait amour. Also, flirty number and satin taupe are purple-ish and really pretty.

  30. Jeri says:

    You look great in purple…

  31. tabby says:

    Wow. You look really pretty. I love these colors on you.
    The whole look is perfect…wouldn’t change a thing.

  32. styleezta says:

    you look gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= styleezta’s last blog post… USA here I come!! =-.

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