Addicted to Love and Makeup: A Halloween Look

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Just For Fun

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Procrastinators, unite!


No need to worry. There’s still plenty of time to come up with a costume for Halloween. Here’s one idea…

Remember the pseudo backup band from the video for Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love?

I felt like trying the black smokey eye/shiny red lip combo the ladies in the video made famous and used a mix of makeup, including the NARS Modern Love Palette, Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume II, NARS Mounia Blush and the red lippie and gloss from Estee Lauder’s Ultimate Red.

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Eyes without flash

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Eyes with flash

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Yikes! Eighties-style striped blush is harder than I thought. I kept wanting to blend it into a more natural look but had to resist the urge. πŸ™‚

Happy pre-Halloween!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. mishel says:

    nice job karen!! i knew who u looked like before i even read it. A+ =)

  2. this is kind of the look i’m going for this halloween… except it’ll be all out smoky eye with fuchsia lips (to go with my costume)!

    i love halloween. i can wear mile long drag queen lashes and garter belts and noone says anything!
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… 10 Wintertime Beauty Tips =-.

  3. Kate & Zena says:

    Oooooooh, that’s lovely.

    Have you seen pixiwoo’s video on recreating this look?

    I think I’m going to do a pseudo-vampire make-up look. I say pseudo because I ain’t doing fangs. I. Don’t. Do. Fangs.

    In other news, I get to see the doctor on Friday. I think X-Rays will be part of it. I hate X-Rays! I’ve had like a million X-Rays done in my life.

  4. Stef says:

    Karen, what a great idea! Then you can do that stupid dance they do all night long too. And look vapid.

    Very clever chica!
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… Anastasia Beverly Hills Giveaway! =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stef,

      LOL! You know what’s funny about that video? The women don’t even pretend to play the instruments. If you watch their hand movements half the time they’re so totally off!

  5. Wait4Sum1 says:

    Nice πŸ™‚

    It would be nice if you could do some how-to of this look, esp. for the eyes

  6. amy says:

    As Tyra would say, “Girl, you look fierce!” I am feeling like renting True Blood again for Halloween.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Guerlain Tsarina Ombre Eclat 4 Couleurs Palette #406 Product Pictures Swatches and Review =-.

  7. Solé says:

    This is awesome! You’re a Robert Palmer chick! The only thing missing is that glazed over look in the eyes that can only be obtained through years of abusing prescription meds. πŸ˜€

  8. Hafsa says:

    What a great job Karen! Totally looking like the girls πŸ™‚ I remember watching this video as a kid, and being mesmerized by the women. So fierce, and you have channeled it perfectly!!

  9. Sharon says:

    *snaps fingers* fierce!

  10. Megan **** says:

    It looks great! I love dramatic smokey eyes. Wow – The 80s were all about BIG & BOLD. Just add some false lashes & you got yourself an amazing Halloween look πŸ˜‰

    I’m doin a repeat of my costume from last year. I only dressed up on Halloween night & didn’t do much anyway. I was a black cat but since Halloween has become a night of girls dressing as slutty as possible, my costume is customized to be pretty skimpy. It’s cute though; all black. My favorite part is of course the makeup! I’m going to do dark cat eyes but add bright green & yellow/gold to symbolize the pretty eyes kitties have πŸ™‚ Then I use Black Tied es on the tip of my nose & draw some whiskers on with mascara. *I love kitty cats*

  11. L says:

    Oh my God, I love it.

  12. very fierce!!
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… CORTRY Hydration Mask Review =-.

  13. Christina says:

    This looks fantastic!

    I’ll be honest… I sometimes pick my Halloween costumes based on what kind of makeup I get to do, because it’s one of the rare times I feel I can do whatever I want with it. πŸ™‚

    Going anywhere fun with this look, Karen?
    .-= Christina’s last blog post… Should We All Be Good At Something? =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christina,

      Dunno yet! I think I may end up chillin’ at home and handing out candy. I always like seeing the kids dressed up in their costumes.

      I really hope the kids in my new neighborhood trick or treat. In the last place I lived they either went to the mall or a designated neighborhood to get their sugar fix.

      How about you? Do you have any plans?

  14. gio says:

    This is awesome! You did a great job Karen, you look so fierce!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… QOTW: Do you wear false eyelashes? =-.

  15. Rae says:

    Love it!! There aren’t many bloggers that could have pulled this look off, but you look FIERCE!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Look mom, I’m a mermaid! =-.

  16. Tavia says:

    Hi Karen! I love your look! For me it’s the first time when I see you wearing such a dramatic makeup style but let me tell that you look great πŸ™‚
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Guerlain Cherry Blossom Collection Γ’β‚¬β€œ Spring 2010 =-.

  17. This look is badass!
    .-= altoidsnation’s last blog post… Eggplant Parmesan =-.

  18. Glosslizard says:

    *Love* The look is totally hawt on you, and you pull the bad-itude perfectly! I love Halloween ’cause you can revel in makeup looks that would normally be so outside the comfort zone! πŸ˜€

  19. Giselle says:

    HOT! It looks awesome πŸ™‚

  20. Heidi says:

    haha LOOOVEEE the look!!

  21. Lana says:

    I LOVE IT! So hot!

  22. Marce says:

    Looks AMAZING! The eyes! The eyes! Incredible…I love the “fierce” expression, too. All part of the look. That’s dress-up for you! πŸ˜€
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Nivea Star Fruits Labello – Review & Swatch =-.

  23. Kelly says:

    Hey Karen,
    What I love most about your blog, is that you really care!
    You treat the readers as friends instead of followers.
    You’re the BEST!

    (And your posts are legit, duh!)

  24. Christina says:

    Hey, Karen,

    There’s a fundraiser/party in town this year that I’ll be going to… a local business burned down last year, and the party proceeds will go to help the owner rebuild (insurance glitch meant no coverage). Think I’ll attend in 60s attire… love cat eyes and go-go boots. πŸ˜‰

    If the kids do come by this year, you’ll have to tell us *their* Halloween makeup secrets. I bet it would be adorable!
    .-= Christina’s last blog post… 3 Things You Can Do Today To Communicate Better =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christina,

      You can never go wrong with go-go boots, especially white ones.

      Oh, and if you rock the cat eyes then you must, MUST wear some big, bad false lashes too!

      It seems like kids costumes are much more complicated now… I remember getting a mask and a plastic sheet with holes in the neck and arms, and that was IT. Now kids have full-on outfits, complete with wigs and accessories.

  25. mishel says:

    nothing new to report really. just super busy, wanting to make a trip home. i have a boyfrienddd haha. u?

  26. Dao says:

    Ooh, you look so hot! Love the cheekbones, Karen!
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… Gifts from Italy and My New Fringe =-.

  27. amy says:

    The kids in my neighbourhood do trick or treat but we don’t hand out candy. I do like to pig out on Rocket candies though!
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Guerlain Tsarina Ombre Eclat 4 Couleurs Palette #406 Product Pictures Swatches and Review =-.

  28. Louise Gray says:

    I think that look suits you. You look striking and beautiful. Don’t save it for just Halloween. Louise

  29. Shannon says:

    who is Robert Palmer? LOL! Just kidding!! It looks GREAT!!!

  30. Karen B says:

    I won’t be doing anything on halloween. I’ll be sitting before my computer, waiting until it’s the 1st so I can start writing on my Nano πŸ™‚
    In full make-up of course πŸ˜‰

  31. Karen B says:

    Oh and my hair is still darkish but not as dark as it used to be. The summer has bleached it quite a bit. It’s a warm brownish-reddish tone now πŸ™‚ It’s pretty and I do think that the Estée Lauder lipstick would be awesome πŸ™‚

  32. Kelly says:

    Oh YES, Karen!
    I admit– I AM girlie girl!
    I covet all things beauty.
    Ahhhhhhhh *swoon*

  33. lexi says:

    LOVE IT!

    I always wanted to be a Robert Palmer girl when I was 12 when this video came out! I always thought it would be cool to have a bunch of Drag Queens be my Robert Palmer girls and I would go as Robert Palmer!!

    You look great btw..

  34. Christina says:

    Karen, I’m so ashamed to admit I didn’t even think of the false lashes! Thank you, I’ll be picking some up tonight or tomorrow. πŸ™‚
    .-= Christina’s last blog post… 3 Things You Can Do Today To Communicate Better =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christina,

      Yay! Do you live near a Sephora? Makeup Forever makes some crazaaay ones that are pretty affordable.

      The Ardell ones from the drugstore are pretty good too.

  35. Jeri says:

    Makeup looks great…

  36. Kate & Zena says:


    My mom called the doc today and guess what? Nothing’s open until like Tuesday so Mom’s taking me to the hospital to check out my wrists later. They’ve never been fully X-Rayed to see why I’m getting so many strains/hyperextensions/sprains/etc. Wrists take about 4 X-Rays each, 8 altogether. All I know is that they’re hurting worse than normal and for longer than normal so I need to get them checked.

    How’s Tabs doing today? Zena is inside as it’s raining.

  37. Emma says:

    hi karen!!

    I’m being snow white for halloween—makeup suggestions?? please??

  38. Lori says:

    WOW! you look amazing!!! I don’t know what to do for Halloween! You’re look is inspiring!!!! Kisses to Tabs from the cats and cat loveres in so cal!!! xo!

  39. Fabienne says:

    That’s some heavy-duty sculpting, Karen πŸ˜€

  40. lexi says:

    Ha yeah – me too. I still have that rock star fantasy myself! My daughter is going to be Little Red Riding Hood, the hubs is gonna be the big bad wolf and I’m not just grandma – I’ll be Lola!!! hahaha

  41. Ginny says:

    Hi Karen,
    Love the makeup and costume. I actually did that a few years ago for a costume party in college, but I didn’t have a real guitar like yours as a prop. Definitely take red lipstick with you for touch-ups on Halloween because 80’s makeup is far from subtle. Love your blog!

  42. rachel says:

    ok i’m thinking about this style costume for my schools 80’s day this year dress and everything ^^ nearly 15 yrs old and i love 80’s music

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