The Boca Raton: Soft Green Eyes, Coral Cheeks and Lips

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

Greetings, fellow Twilighters. The wedding starts in a few hours, but I squeezed in a run in the neighborhood around the hotel here in Boca Raton. Judging by the mini-mansions (lots of palatial estates) and proximity to the ocean, the folks who live here sho’ ain’t po.

I jogged by some beautiful tropical landscaping on a long, quiet street called Banyan Road.


The lush greens and corals inspired my face of the day. This isn’t the makeup I’ll be wearing to the wedding today; just something I was playing around with. It’s soft greenish-gold eyes, coral cheeks and a coral lip.

I tried to get close-ups of the eyes, but I forgot how bad the lighting was in the hotel room until I’d already removed my makeup, shoot!

For this face I used products from Shu Uemura, Benefit, Chanel and MAC. It being cold back home in Northern California and just about everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere right now, this FOTD won’t see a lot of action, but it might be fun to try something similar on a sunny day, even if it is chilly outside. Plus, it’s easy! 🙂

How I Did The Eyes

To get the eye look, I patted a layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit over the entire eye with my finger, concentrating most of the color on the lid and fading on the way up to the brow bone.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit

Next, I patted the green shade from the Shu Uemura Adorned Marguerite Palette with a MAC 252 Large Shader Brush onto the lid and just barely into the crease.

Using a Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner Brush I applied MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack to the upper water line, applying the liner close to the roots of the lashes.

With the same brush, I drew a thick black line onto the upper lash line, thickening the line toward the outer lash line (the side closest to my ear).

To make the liner pop, I patted the shimmery black shadow from the Shu Uemura Adorned Marguerite Palette directly on top of Blacktrack on the upper lash line with a Sonia Kashuk Eye Angeled Brush.


Next, I curled my lashes with the incredible Shu Uemura lash curler and added two coats of Chanel Exceptionnel mascara in Noir.

To complete the look, I filled in my brows by applying MAC Concrete to the sparse ends with the mighty MAC 266 Small Angle Brush.

The Cheeks

The cheeks were super easy. The key is the big, cheesy smile. Then, I swept MAC Sunbasque, a shimmery coral, on the apples with a MAC 129 Blush Brush.

The Lips

Beach Coral Lipstick

I wanted some color on the lips since the eyes and cheeks were so muted, so I applied one layer of Clinique Beach Coral Long Last Lipstick directly from the tube and used a tissue to blot away the excess.

Then, after blotting, I added one layer of Laura Mercier Bellini Lip Glace lipgloss. That’s it!

I’m on my way out the door to attend to the bride. She’s getting nervous because it’s almost time. After seeing her trial makeup last night (she’s doing a neutral eye with cat eye liner, lashes, light peachy cheeks and lips — I’ll show pictures soon), I’m leaning toward the Beiges de Chanel quad and the Cargo Vienna quad for my eyes and pink cheeks and lips.


I promise to post the pictures later today, and I’m going to try to get some wedding makeup tips from the artist Jen hired to do her makeup. More to follow…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. We got a call from El Hub’s dad in Hawaii early this morning to say that Mom came out of the surgery fine. She’s resting in her room now and should be going home a little later today. 🙂


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  1. Erica says:

    Your look sounds like it will be REALLY pretty for the wedding! Can’t wait to see pictures!! Have so much fun, I absolutely love weddings. I’m so glad to hear that your mother in law is doing well also. I hope her recovery is speedy. 🙂

  2. Anna says:

    Hi Karen,

    Woaaaahhh, those mini mansions….I could live like a mini queen in one of those !! Girl, you’re good, I dont think I could be jogging on vacation, you’ll find me on the beach or by the pool with a cocktail.Must remember to find more time to jog.

    Love the look today, very light and bright ! I’m still drooling over that beige de chanels quad.

    So so glad everything went smoothly and your MIL is resting and going home soon. You and El Hub must be sooo relieved, I’m relieved and so pleased for you all. Enjoy the wedding and remember the waterproof mascara and tissues 🙂

  3. vampyvarnish says:

    Hi Karen,

    Wow you are good, jogging while on vacation! It looks beautiful there. I am really glad your mother in law came through the second surgery ok. Have fun at the wedding!

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  4. Shefali says:

    Hey Karen! Great look…I love easy these days!

    I’m so so so glad your MIL is doing great! My mom had breast cancer and had a mastectomy so I know what you are going through. You must feel relieved she’s out of the surgery and doing well. Hope you have a wonderful time at the wedding! Can’t wait to see the look you ended up with!

  5. Almira says:

    Wow, you come up with inspiration for makeup in places that I never would think of! =3

  6. Roxy says:

    i wanna try that laura mercier gloss sooo bad!

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  7. Glosslizard says:

    Girl, you know you can’t go wrong with Beiges de Chanel! 😉

  8. Laurie says:

    Good news about your mom-in-law! She sounds like a fighter:)

    Hope the wedding is awesome, and that you and El Hub dance like crazy fools! That’s my favorite part of weddings – having a good time on the dance floor.

    I like this look – corals work well for you. And OMG – looovovvess begies de chanel, can’t wait to see how you worked it.

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  9. Tiera says:

    Oooh, you are looking *extra* tan, my dear! Loves it! How much makeup did you pack for your trip?

  10. Karen B says:

    I’m glad El Hub’s mom came out of surgery allright 🙂

    That Vienna quad looks great but I’m still partial towards the Chanel…

    Where can I get a mini-mansion? Then again, it must be a pain in the … to clean… lol

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  11. Marisol says:

    Pretty eye combo! I am glad to hear the news that your MIL is doing ok.

    Have fun at the wedding.

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  12. Karen says:

    Hi Erica,

    Thank you for your well wishes. I hope her recovery goes quickly, too. 🙂

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    Thank you… we are praying that she’ll be 100% soon.

    Oh, you gotta get that Beiges de Chanel quad, asap. 🙂

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Vampyvarnish,

    It’s fun way for me to explore new places! Oh, and burn some calories for dessert. 🙂

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Shefali,

    She’s recovering right now. I really hope that she gets better soon.

    How is your mom? I hope she’s doing okay.

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Almira,

    Yup… nature is a great place to find color combos! I really like looking at flowers.

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Roxy,

    You should! It’s awesome.

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    So true! It’s like the lil’ black dress of eyeshadow quads. 🙂

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Laurie,

    She is! She’s recovering from the surgery now… I just hope she gets better quickly.

    I have fallen in love with Beiges de Chanel once again! It’s now one of my favorite quads!

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    They are both pretty quads. You will love ’em both, but I think the Chanel quad will really wow you!

    LOL, I want the mini-mansion to come with a cleaning service. 🙂

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,


    My MIL is hanging in there…

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Tiera,

    Surprisingly, I managed to not go crazy! Just three palettes this time, LOL.

  23. Karen B says:

    Lol, cleaning service will be good 🙂
    No Chanel quad for Christmas for me though. I’m getting the Intruiging Scarlet palette 🙂

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