Face of the Day: Blues and Greens from MAC, DuWop, Dior and Cargo

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

cargo tahiti palette fotd

What’s up, ladies? TGIF! I hope it was a good week for you. Mine felt like it flew by quicker than Ralph Tresvant’s solo career. Exciting new spring makeup from DuWop, MAC and Dior helped to pass the time. πŸ™‚


dior cristal collection coral riviera blush product shot

Yesterday I played with some of the new products and put my camera to the test. Stay tuned for full reviews of Fountain of Youth Foundation, Circle Block Concealer, Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and Coral Riviera Blush over the coming days. πŸ™‚

Face and cheeks

  • DuWop Fountain of Youth Foundation: I’m really liking the dewy finish of this light-medium coverage foundation. It looks natural, without looking oily, in both pictures and real life, but I’m still on the fence as far as the brush applicator, which seems to handle distribution better than it handles blending.
  • DuWop Circle Block Concealer: I feel just so-so about this concealer/ corrector combo. The peachy color corrector does a decent job covering up dark circles, but finding the ideal ratio of corrector to concealer has been a little tricky. The first time I tried it I guessed wrong and applied way too much of the corrector, which left my under eye area looking orange and kinda gross. This one’s gonna take some practice to figure out.
  • MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder: WOW! Color me blown away. This powder has game. It adds a natural glow to my skin and appears to soften the look of fine lines and pores. I also dig that it doesn’t look chalky or heavy in pictures. I’m in love…
  • Dior Coral Riviera Blush: Um, hello hotness? This blush delivers a warm bronze, with a coral hue and shimmery golden glow all in one fell swoop. From the swatches, I expected more of a straight coral blush with golden shimmer, but a surprising amount of bronze showed up on my cheeks. And it’s the bronze tint that makes me think Coral Riviera’s gonna look smokin’ hot with a summertime tan.

cargo tahiti palette eye closeup


The eyes and lips

Since I was in the mood for some color in the look, I went with a green and blue eye using Cargo Tahiti Palette and Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Liner, finishing with a shimmery coral lip using Dior Addict Gloss in Coral Lame. Side note: Coral Lame was a limited edition gloss, but if you’re looking for something similar, try Laura Mercier Lip Glace Lipgloss in Bellini. πŸ™‚


Do you have any plans for the weekend? I hope you have some time to yourself.

It’s supposed to be warm here in the Bay Area… If it’s clear, I may head into SF tomorrow to visit the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Mishel says:

    Oh wow! This is such a beautiful look, love the peacock inspired colours!

    And I am liking that lip colour alot, reminds me of that yummy peach bellini Olive Garden has…

  2. Amanda says:

    LOVE the eyes. total hotness. your entire FOTD (foundation, powder, etc) photographed really well today-you look great.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Thanks! I was really surprised with the foundation and powder combo. I am liking it!

      I think in the future I’ll give Cargo Tahiti more love. She’s a fun palette.

      How’s your Friday going?

  3. Elena says:

    Whoa, Karen, you look HAWT! I’m going to have to dupe this look immediately, lol. I’m not really in the market for a new foundation (I just bought one a month back and I’m really liking it) but how do you feel the DuWop would work with more oily skin? I am in the market for a new finishing powder in the next couple of weeks, so that’s kind of exciting. πŸ™‚

    I think I’ll try the bright blue and green eye when I go out with my friends tonight and see how it works out for me. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Elena,

      Thanks! What foundation did you buy?

      Right now I can tell that DuWop’s doing a good job on my oily forehead. It’s moderately oily though, not super oily like it used to be a few years ago. I think if you used a primer beforehand and a good setting powder you’d be good to go.

      If you end up doing this look send me a pic! I’d love to see it. Have fun with your friends tonight. πŸ™‚

  4. tali says:

    OH MY GAWD!! The eye look is hot! I need to try it! I love how you did it. I would never have come up with that combo.. its so nice on your brown eyes.. super flattering!

    Ugh.. no chanel or dior summer collections in the uk till may! πŸ™ Since i saw it ive been in love with that riviera blush!! Im suffering just looking at it!

    I hate the uk.. not that the sugarsweet collection was that great or anything.. but its still not available here unless you have macpro! So annoying!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tali,

      Thanks! I like how it turned out, too. πŸ™‚

      Bummer that you guys don’t get the summer Chanel until MAY! That’s killer!

      If you desperate for the blush I think Nordie’s ships internationally — you just have to pay mega bucks for shipping.

  5. YadiQ says:

    you go girl

    rock that color ! i did a light smokey black purple and pink eye today using my mika shu palette adorned marguerite!

    it feels like spring in ny today !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Yadi,

      Mika Shu, Mika Shu! Why is that so much fun to say?

      I’ve never been to NY in the spring. I bet it’s lovely!

      Are you ready for the weekend? TGIF!

  6. lipglossme says:

    wowzers! I love, love, love the eye color!

    What are you using for mascara on this one?

  7. Bj says:

    Love how you used the palette on eyes, im still playing with mine lots of options. Im lusting after this blush though, shortly im sure ill convince myself to purchase you definitely helped out on that one too karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi BJ,

      Thanks! I am still playing with this palette too. I’m gonna try to work up the courage to do crazier looks with it… one of these days, LOL!

      I think this blush is a good summertime makeup investment. You could easily wear it every day. πŸ™‚

  8. Vanessa H says:

    Karen, this color looks beautiful on you!!
    I hope you don’t mind, I’m totally copying this look for girls night out tonight!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vanessa H,

      I totally don’t mind! I’d love you to rock this look. πŸ™‚ Send me a pic if you end up doing it

      What do you and the girls have planned for tonight?

  9. sarah says:

    OMG! i love it!
    my mouth dropped!!! so prrrrettty Karen!
    NEED to get that cargo palette. which brushes did u use for ur eyes?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks! πŸ™‚ You’ll love this palette — it’s a lot of fun!

      Regarding the brushes I used
      Fingers to apply MAC Painterly Paint Pot all over the eye;
      MAC 219 to apply the blue on the lid;
      MAC 217 to apply the medium green on the lid;
      MAC 224 to apply Soba in the crease;
      Sonia Kashuk angled eyeshadow brush to apply both light green and dark green on lower lash line;
      and MAC 226 to blend.

  10. Whirl says:

    Karen,you should really throw away all matte blacks and browns you own.
    I mean eyeshadows.
    This is your best eye make up ever,i mean it.
    The best i have seen on you,and i have been reading your blog forever.
    Your dark skin,brown eyes and black hair just scream for fresh bright make up,like this one.
    Please give up the browns,they steal your beauty.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Whirl,

      Aww, thanks! I am glad you popped by to say hello. It’s nice to meet you.

      I dunno if I could go cold turkey on the browns and blacks, LOL! They do come in handy. πŸ™‚

  11. Arianne says:

    I love this look Karen. So spring-like. I should start digging out my bright shadows too. πŸ™‚

    Arianne´s last blog post..EcoTools Brushes in Toronto!

  12. Vanessa H says:

    We’re going to Downtown Fullerton here in Southern California…lots of restaurants and bars πŸ™‚

  13. Shefali says:

    Gorgeous Karen!! Love the eye look! Is that Cargo quad still available?

  14. Whirl says:

    Karen,remember you wanted to pull out a look using your new Dior Electric lights palette?
    Please play with it once you’ve got a minute,can’t wait to see the outcome,thanks in advance!

  15. Mariko says:

    i looooovez it! so pretty!

  16. Kypris says:

    Love the look, it’s very fresh and makes me feel cheerful. πŸ™‚

    By the way, I’ve been reading your posts for a while, but have been too shy to comment much. I love all the makeup advice I’ve picked up from your site! It’s also a terrible addiction as I love makeup but I can’t afford to buy all the pretty things that I see in your posts, and I don’t wear it often enough to buy that many either. Oops…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kypris,

      It’s very nice to meet you! I’m so glad you decided to say hello!

      You’re not alone in your makeup addiction. πŸ™‚ What are your favorite brands?

  17. Maggie says:

    LOVE the look! it’s gorgeous! the mac finishing powder looks like it works really well! i LOVE the colors in your eyeshadow too! GORGEOUS! πŸ˜€

  18. amy says:

    Love that look!!!!!! You look amazing. Have you tried the Dior Harmony in the rose tones? I think that one would suit my coloring better and was wondering whether you thought it was worth the investment?

  19. lesley says:

    The Japanese Tea Garden in GG park is so pretty, also very relaxing. You chose a great time to come into the city, the weather has been so beautiful as of late. Hubby and I are planning on going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Sunday, should be fun πŸ™‚

    I really like how you did your eyes for this by the way, it looks so subtle from the whole face shot, but then I guess up close you really get to see how vibrant the colours are! πŸ˜€

    Hope you have a good weekend!

  20. Holly says:

    You look so gorgeous in the picture! The make up is amazing too!

  21. shivotra says:

    love the eyes πŸ™‚

  22. Kate says:

    Your skin looks brilliant here. So lovely.

  23. Marisol says:

    Such a gorgeous look Karen! You look stunning!

    I am so happy for the great weather that we will have this weekend. Have fun if you do go to GG Park. I am thinking of going to the De Young Museum to see the YSL exhibit or maybe the Warhol one. We will see!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  24. wenvers says:

    Whow! You look amazing Karen, what a great FOTD!

  25. wenvers says:

    Whow! You look amazing Karen, what a great FOTD!

  26. Catherine says:

    Woah… that eyeshadow palette is gorgeous! And I’ve seen it at Sephora so many times! How do you like Cargo shadows by the way? I never really see any hype about them, but the quads are all so pretty…

    Catherine´s last blog post..I’m back! πŸ˜€

  27. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. Beautiful look!

  28. Glosslizard says:

    Seriously gorgeous, girl! I love that look, and you look like a beauty queen in the photo! πŸ™‚

    Speaking of Dior summer, have you seen the Pearly Lilac quint? Ooooohhhhh, want!

  29. gina says:

    you look sooo BEAUTUFUL in this picture πŸ™‚ the colors look gorgeous on you, have a fabulous weekend

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  30. flora says:

    love the close up pic of the eyes….ive gotta try it out! ive never played with those colors together so this would be fun πŸ™‚ now id have to convince the hubby to take me out tonite so i can sport the look πŸ˜›

  31. jessica says:

    you look blootiful– like a Hawaiian princess ^.^

  32. noi says:

    the first thing that i noticed was that uber-cute floral hair clip on your tank πŸ˜€ i love floral hair clips! i used to wear them in high school and i didn’t care if i looked like i was going to the Bahamas in a Catholic-all-girls school uniform lol :))
    love the eyes! and the blush! πŸ˜€ it reminds me of how i mix my Red Earth Illumnating Blush with a bit of Bloom’s bronzer in Aloha.. same coral-bronzey results! πŸ™‚ and the gloss reminds me of my NYX gloss in Fabulous πŸ˜€ might try that FOTD this summer! πŸ˜€

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  33. Nadrah says:

    Karen you look beautiful! I love how you used bright colours. It looks fresh and natural on you. That blush is to die for as well!!

  34. Nicole15 says:

    your eyes with the cargo tahiti palette are fa-fa-feirce! love it! this is summer in a palette for sure. think green grass, blue skies/ocean, coral riviera is your sunset. you cannot go wrong you tropical beauty you! LOL πŸ™‚

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