Blue Monday, Take 2: A Face of the Day With the Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact


In its former life, this ratty blue wig was part of a last-minute Halloween homage to Katy Perry. It has since evolved into one of Tabs’ favorite toys.

He stalks it, swats it and basically beats-it-the-eff-up whenever he’s “supervising” me in my office.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Doopdadoo, don’t mind me…

I should probably retire it already, seeing as how it’s clearly on its last legs, but I keep it around to startle my neighbors (a favorite pastime of mine) and take crazy-@ss pictures when the mood strikes.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact


‘K. Now, how about the same makeup look, but with a little less crazy? 🙂

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

This was just another take on the Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact.

I’ve been all about that matte blue eyeshadow in the corner (it’s SO pigmented!) and have been playing with it a lot.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

This time I wanted the look to lean more blue than teal, so I didn’t use the golden bronzer/highlighter as an eyeshadow base and put the blue shade straight on my lids.

Then I incorporated a few other shadows that aren’t in the compact — a bright purple on the inner lid and a shimmery white in the inner corner.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact closeup

When doing bold blue eyeshadow looks like this, I like to add lighter shades in the inner part of the eye because I feel like they brighten everything up and contrast nicely with the blue.

This way, you still get the blue — I mean, it ain’t goin’ anywhere — but the look doesn’t become a solo attraction, if that makes any sense.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Anywho! Here’s the scoop on the eyes…

  • Matte blue eyeshadow on the outer lid, outer corner and along my lower lash line: Blue shade from the Tom Ford Unabashed Compact
  • Inner crease: Matte taupe eyeshadow from the Tom Ford Unabashed Compact
  • Shimmery purple eyeshadow on the inner lid and inner lash line: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Flash
  • Shimmery white in the inner corner: White eyeshadow from the Tom Ford Emerald Lust quad
  • Black liner on upper and lower water line: Guerlain Eye Pencil in Black Jack
  • False lashes: MAC 36 Lash

And for the rest of the look…

  • Brows: MAC Fluidline Brow Gelecreme in Deep Dark Brunette
  • Primer: Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Light Diffusing Primer
  • Foundation: BECCA Matte Skin Shine Proof in Bamboo
  • Under eye concealer: MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and Trish McEvoy Line Refiner
  • Bronzer: MAC Extra Dimension Bronzer in Delphic (from the new Alluring Aquatic collection)
  • Highlighter: MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
  • Blush: MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Sea Me, Hear Me (also from Alluring Aquatic)
  • Gloss: NARS Lip Gloss in Giza

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Did you happen to wear anything blue today too? If not what colors did you go with?

Ever more Netflix binging: Cafe de Flore

Saw this yesterday and haven’t stopped thinking about it. Cafe de Flore — it’s a Canadian film in French, so yes, unless you know Français, you’ll have to read subtitles.

It’s…kind of hard to explain. I don’t want to give away the movie, but let’s just say that it’s a love story with something fantastical and slightly sci-fi about it. It sort of jumps around in time between a mother and her son in Paris in the ’70s (I think) and a father and his family in present-day Montreal.


I kind of had to pay close attention, and the movie took a while to get going, but when the big reveal happened, I was like, “WHAT THE WHAT?!?”

So yeah, if you decide to watch it, hang in there till the very end. You’ll be richly rewarded. 🙂

Hope your Monday was a good one.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Taking the idea of “blue Mondays” to literal levels…


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  1. Divya says:

    I love the blue in the palette a LOT! blues which are not straight up blue but with lots of green are so interesting!
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  2. Lauren Sutherland says:

    Karen! This look is just stunning. Not sure if its just the lovely tones of your skin, but the blue blended out in the outer corner has a such a lovely green pull to it! Is that just from blending or because of shade layering?
    Your super dark eye color makes me jealous on looks like this. My eyes an are shade that I really love, a blue-gray-green, I just love the contrast of yours wight hess tones.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lauren!

      The green is just from the blue getting blended out. I used a small pencil brush and buffed out the color using little circles. 🙂

  3. MABB is killin’ it today, Karen 😀 I’m not crazy about greeny-blues (love ’em on others, just not on myself!) but I’m really loving the way Flash looks paired against the Tom Ford quad. I have a ton of purple in my collection already, but it looks like something really special 🙂

    (PS: Putting Café de Flore on my to-watch list now!)
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  4. Fancie says:

    It looks like Tabs had a ball with that wig LOL! Too cute! The palette and the look you created are gorgeous though. I really like that blue!
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  5. Vanessa says:

    OMG Ate Karen, YOU are looking AMAZING! I love this makeup look on you! And you make me want to get that blush and bronzer from Alluring Aquatic! UGH! lol

  6. Tami says:

    Seriously Karen that is probably the prettiest eyeshadow look I’ve ever seen on you! I mean you alway look awesome and I love the blog…. But go reals this is gorg!!! (Minus the ratty blue wig! Haha give that back to Tabs!)

  7. Ivy Boyd says:

    Holy stunning! You look absolutely gorgeous!

  8. You look like a rockstar with blue hair.. 😉
    but the last pic is super fab.. samshing haawtwt!!!
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  9. Sylirael says:

    Loooove that blue eyeshadow look, especially since you incorporated purple – my two favourite colours for eyeshadow! <3

    Without the wig, it still looks bright, but in a very sophisticated way 🙂
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  10. Sunny says:

    Oh my God, if any post has made me really want this palette, THIS IS THE POST!!! Amazing, AMAZING look, Karen! <3
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  11. Rhea says:

    I’m definitely digging the look! I love to wear navy blue liner, grey-blue shadow outside the liner and top off on the outer v and corner with my MAC Atlantic blue, it works for everyday, look nice and has a pop of color!
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  12. Trude says:

    Suuuuper pretty, so editorial, love! And thanks for the Netflix rec, I love discovering different things to watch. The BF and I just watched “See No Evil, Hear No Evil”, and I know I’ve seen bits but that was years ago when it used to be on TV, so it was awesome to see all the way through!

  13. Denise Proctor says:

    Hi Karen, ya know, when I first saw this compact a couple weeks ago I immediately dismissed it out of hand because of the blue but now that I’ve seen how gawjus it looks on you and the brilliant way you’ve applied it, I’m now looking at it sideways for a couple of seconds at a time! I’m sure that by the end of the day I’ll be gazing at it longingly and drooling over it!

  14. Chelsea says:

    This is gorgeous! I feel like I need to learn how to do falsies, but I’m pretty sure I’d freak out both my husband and everyone at work, LOL!

  15. Oh my word!!! Karen the pics of you with the side pony are hard core smexy! You look incredible and the eye look you did is amazing!!!!

  16. Talia says:

    Love everything about this make-up and it suits you so well!! Maybe you could do a tutorial for us beauty dummies? Please??

  17. nlm8 says:

    You totally rock the blue! Great combo.Favorite eyeshadow primer?

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