Hello From Redding! And Yes, I Did the Makeup for This Face of the Day in the Car…

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

What else am I gonna do in the car for four hours?

Happy Friday the 13th greetings from Redding. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, on the four-hour drive up here this morning, El Hub and I covered just about all of the Game of Thrones conspiracy theories we could think of while I played with makeup in the car.


Seriously, why nap or stare out the windows at the bone-dry California Central Valley when you can talk about all of the drama in King’s Landing and make tiny little circles in the outer corners with your MAC 217 instead?

I find the latter much more entertaining.

Like Willie Nelson said, “On the road againโ€ฆ”

I was running late this morning (SURPRISE!) and only had about 10 minutes to pack, so I ended up just tossing a few tried-and-true treasures into my Sonia Kashuk Triple Train Case, along with a couple of new things from Urban Decay and BECCA.

Obligatory bare face picโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

Not wearing a lick o’ makeup, and just some Neutrogena Age Shield Sunblock

Yeah, my hair’s lookin’ a little crayโ€ฆ It has a mind of its own, you see, and tends to lash out at anyone near it when I first step out of the shower.

I started by priming my face with Guerlain Meteorites Perles Base Eclat Les Ors (it has a subtle golden sheen that I really like) and my eyes with MAC Fast Response Eye Cream.

Next, the basics. I evened out my skin with MAC Face and Body Foundation (love this in hot weather because it doesn’t budge), covered up my dark circles with MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast and YSL Touche Eclat, and filled in my brows with MAC Monsters Bride Pro Palette X 6 (I use it in Brun to fill the outer part of my brows) and MAC Eye Shadow in Cork (for the inner part).

For my eyes, I did a simple defined gold and brown eye Dolce & Gabbana’s Smoky Eyeshadow Quad with a touch of smudgy black liner on the upper lash line using MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder.

And since I didn’t really have a lot going on in terms of color, I decided to do bigger lashes for that extra somethin’-somethin’. I coated my lower lashes with MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash (great for lower lashes because it doesn’t smudge or flake) and my upper lashes with the new Urban Decay Perversion Mascara.

Ooh, BTW, UD’s Perversion Mascara? Fan-freaking-tastic for jet-black lashes with lots of thickness at the base. I’m only wearing one coat in these pics, but don’t my lashes look pretty full?

After that I dusted a little MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Tan on my T-zone to take down the shine and did a bit of contouring on my cheeks with the new BECCA Shadow & Light Bronze/Contour Perfector.

I was aiming for fresh and subtle with the cheeks, so I buffed some BECCA Mineralize Blush in Damselfly on my apples and highlighted my upper cheekbones with the Radiant Light powder from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.

Because most of the overall look is pretty mellow, I went with a brighter shade on my lips.

It’s the oldest trick in the book! ๐Ÿ™‚ But it makes you look like you tried a little, LOL!


I’m wearing Revlon Color Burst Matte Lip Balm in Unapologetic.

Yup…car makeup. Good times. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. I have done it so many times in the car, because I am always running late but mine is always limited to liner and lipstick application, never the full face makeup.. ๐Ÿ˜›
    But wooo girll u did it all on the go!! hehehhe the drive couldnt have been better.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Saturday.. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. This is almost my everyday routine…I am almost always running late and one fine day I realised that peak hour traffic time can be utilised for so much more than just getting annoyed :P. Btw, loving the matte balm on your lips!
    Infrequent Ranter recently posted … THE NEGLECTED CHILDREN

  3. Arianne says:

    Kudos for doing a whole face in the car. I don’t think I can even manage a smudged liner or mascara. Only lipstick in the car for me. You look fantastic, as usual! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Arianne recently posted … Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris โ€” Toronto, ON

  4. Chelsea says:

    I’m impressed! I would have dropped everything all over and broken pans!

  5. Alison M says:

    I don’t think I have ever applied a full face of makeup in the car. I don’t know if I could do it…I’m simply not very coordinated ๐Ÿ™‚ I go for this type of look when I’m pressed for time. Bold lashes and lips are definitely the oldest tricks in the book! I’m hearing great things about the Perversion mascara. I have that and the Becca Shadow and Light on my list to try!
    Alison M recently posted … Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner in Smokey Quartz Review and Swatch

  6. Erin says:

    Redding… I dislike it there. Not as bad as Weed. Weed is slightly more picturesque. Hmmm. I may have to make a chart.
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  7. Barbara says:

    Great job on the makeup, Karen! I’ve never done a full application while in the car, just maybe lipstick or eye pencil. I’m not sure how skilled I’d be at applying a full face. Lol By the way, you look great without makeup too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. lexi says:

    Hi Karen, I would love to know your skin care routine? Or if you have any favorite skin care products, thank you

  9. Susan says:

    Wow! Very impressive. Love it. Now I need to go find that bag. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Trude says:

    Dang girl, you got skills! I can only do little things when I’m stopped at lights. Love the look. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. jen. says:

    Hmmm. I don’t think my makeup looks that good on a regular day when I’m at home, let alone in a moving vehicle! Nice work. ๐Ÿ™‚

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