Stila Indian Summer Face of the Day

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

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What goes well with barbeques, beaches and hot summer nights?


One word: Stila. πŸ™‚


Here’s a look I tried with some of the products from the new Stila Indian Summer Collection.

I was just fooling around at the time, half watching an old ’80s movie called Vision Quest on TV (who knew high school wrestling could be so interesting?).

It’s a bronze, purple and teal eye with tan cheeks and a golden orange lip that I can see myself wearing with a flirty summer dress.

This thing has pool party written all over it. πŸ™‚



I know the eye map above makes it seem complicated, but I swear it’s not.

  1. For the look, I started by applying Stila 24K Golden Noir Smudge Pot onto my lids with a MAC 239 Eye Brush and then used a finger to blend out the edges and draw the color into the lid.
  2. Next, I grabbed a MAC 217 Blending Brush and swept the shimmery rose shade from the Stila Charmed Palette into the crease.
  3. With the same brush, I patted the shimmery bronze shade from the Stila Charmed Palette onto the inner half of my eye.
  4. Then for depth, I used the MAC 239 to apply the shimmery purple shade to the outer half of the lid.
  5. Since I had a lot of shimmer action on my lids and in the crease, I used a finger to highlight my brow bone with the golden side of Stila’s Marigold Convertible Color. It’s a step that I think adds a subtle glow and nicely contrasts with the shimmery shadows.
  6. Because I wanted to color and define the lower lash line, I patted the teal shade from the Stila Charmed Palette along my lower lashes with a Sonia Kashuk Angled Eye Shadow Brush
  7. …and then layered a thin line of Stila Golden Noir directly on top of it using a MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush.

To wrap up the eye portion of the look, I covered up my dark circles, filled in my brows, curled my lashes and added two coats of Stila Lash Visor Mascara.

Cheeks and Lips

Since the eyes were so shimmery, I toned down the skin beneath them, applying and blending the brown side of the Stila Marigold Convertible Color onto the apples of each cheek.

For my lips, I applied one coat of Stila Mango Crush Lip & Cheek Stain and then gently tapped a layer of the gold side from Marigold Convertible Color on top of the stain with a finger.



The next time I try this look I think I’ll use the purple instead of the teal. Why not, right? Makeup’s all about experimentation.

Bonjour, Francois

I’m on my way down to Ess Eff this afternoon for a NARS event at Nordstrom. I’m *really* hoping for a chance to meet Francois Nars. He’s supposed to be there. Maybe if I stand close enough to him, I’ll absorb some of his makeup skillz by osmosis, LOL! A girl can dream…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Zara says:

    Amazing, as always. πŸ™‚ Enjoy SF! Can’t wait to hear back from you about the NARS event.

  2. Nadrah says:

    this is so beautiful and creative! and your hair looks great!

  3. Nora says:

    This is gorgeous! Karen, how do you think Marigold would look on a super-fair girl like myself?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nora,

      It’s an intense shimmery golden bronze with a hint of orange. If you dab it lightly on with fingers and spread it out I think it could be really pretty, especially if you wear warm tones well.

  4. Lina says:

    Gorgeous summery look! I wonder if Sephora will be getting these items in? I keep wanting to order online but hate waiting for mail. I really want that smudgepot! Thanks for sharing this look with us πŸ™‚

    Lina´s last blog post..Neiman Marcus Exclusive: Dior Pearly Lilac Quint

  5. Miss Dee says:

    I love this look!! I’ll have to try it soon

  6. Jen says:

    Thank you! I’m waiting for these to arrive, now I have some ideas to play with when they get here πŸ™‚

  7. kat says:

    I love the look! And the hair just puts everything together! Can you do a tutorial on your hair. It’s just absolutely amazing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kat,

      Sure… it’s pretty simple. After I get out of the shower at night I apply some gel (I’ve been using a new one from Redken, will post the review soon) and then let it air dry about half way. Before I go to bed I put it in a loose French braid and then sleep on it. In the morning I spritz some Bumble & Bumble curl spray on it and some more gel and then that’s it!

  8. Megan says:

    Ooh! Lucky lucky. Hope you have fun at the Nars event! The Indian Summer face look is gorgeous, especially the eyes! Purple definitely makes brown eyes pop! πŸ™‚

    Megan´s last blog post..The Infinite Exodus

    • Karen says:

      Hi Megan,

      So true… I love deep, plummy purples with just a hint of shimmer for brown eyes. πŸ™‚

      Hope you’re having a nice weekend!

  9. sunmom says:

    wow, this look compliments your brown skin very much! I’d like it on me too… πŸ™‚

    sunmom´s last blog post..Recipe of the Day: Creamy Chicken Soup

  10. Tali says:

    This may just be my favourite look youve done. 1st. you look phenominal 2nd the eye make-up is to die for!! 3. your hair!!! Soo long and pretty!!

    Tali´s last blog post..Oriental Perfumes

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  12. Jenna says:

    I agree with the comments above. The makeup looks fantastic and the hair is AMAZING!!!!! So beautiful! I give it 10/10!!!

  13. Nicole15 says:

    Karen – you should honestly be Stila’s Indian Summer spokeswoman/ad model. From your skintone to your makeup to the beachy waves in your hair & flower. You nailed it! The look is gorgeous. I’m fascinated by how thin & straight you got your lower lash line color, it looks tres magnifique!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nicole15,

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

      To get that thin line I usually apply the product first and then clean up the edges with a Q-tip and some micellar cleansing water or no-rinse eye makeup remover. I do my concealer last though, so that trick might now work if you apply concealer first.

  14. ParisB says:

    That’s a gorgeous look on you! I can imagine it being too warm on me but on you – perfect! πŸ˜€ Enjoy your visit with NARS!

    ParisB´s last blog post..Day 7 : Lunasol Intellectual Lips Lipstick – #10 Pure Pink

  15. Vonvon says:

    One word: GORGEOUS!!!!
    If I were to say more, I’m going to whine and whine….we have no more Stila over here!!! sob sob….

    Vonvon´s last blog post..I Was Featured

  16. smiley says:

    Haha. Yes, it would be awesome if osmosis worked on skill. XD I LOVE this look though. It’s so pretty. I love stila.

    smiley´s last blog post..Sample Day

  17. Arianne says:

    Karen, you look like a summer goddess. I’m all over this look. I really want that smudge pot. πŸ˜€

    Arianne´s last blog post..Lash Out.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Arianne,

      It’s a good one. When you wear it by itself the gold flecks totally come through. It’s not too disco, though, which is why I like it.

      I hope you try it!

  18. Stacie says:

    Looks gorgeous, Karen!

  19. Ruth says:

    I have to have the Stila Mango Crush !!!!!!!!!!!

  20. mishel says:

    ahh! love the indian colours on u =)

  21. tanya says:

    Gorgeous! You look stunning, karen πŸ™‚ Not only is the makeup flawless but I’m also really loving your beachy waves!!

    tanya´s last blog post..feeling tired . . .

  22. Shiny says:

    Ahhh you’re making me want that palette again.. I as just getting over it too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shiny,

      LOL… it’s a worthy palette. When I was doing this look I kept marveling at the color payoff and how easy the colors just blend together. The only thing I wish I could change about it is the decorations! They’re so fragile.

  23. Marina says:

    Karen, you look always!;)
    I really like # 4 from the list(shimmery purple shade)

    Marina´s last blog post..Aoyama Collection – Tokyo Happening by Chanel. Summer 2009

  24. Rae says:

    Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for the breakdown πŸ™‚

    Rae´s last blog post..The HGs of Sunblock

  25. Luv J says:

    Karen this is so pretty.. so how does the 24k compare to paint pots? Oh so exciting! I’d love to hear all about meeting Francois Nars! Let us know if you got any of the SF makeup πŸ™‚ I wonder if anyone can order the products.. I use to be a SF girl πŸ˜€

    • Karen says:

      Hi Luv J,

      The Stila Smudge pots are similar in terms of color pay off and staying power. They feel a bit more wet, which I find makes ’em easier to manipulate.

      I didn’t end up getting any of the SF makeup — I did buy the book, though. If you want the set and don’t live in SF you can still buy it. Just call the Nordie’s SF number, ask for the Nars counter and pay by credit card. They’ll ship it out to you for a fee. Here’s the post with the phone number.

  26. Dao says:

    You’re so cute! Love the makeup! Did you meet Mr. Nars?

    Dao´s last blog post..Total Beauty Weekly Web Tour 6/1-6/7

  27. Rani says:

    Karen..looking great!! I’ve been eyeing this collection so it’s good seeing the products in action..I especially love the lips. So summerlicious!

    Have fun in SF and my fingers are crossed for you meeting Francois..he is a legend!!

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