Makeup and TV: What I’m Watching

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I gotta come clean: I am addicted to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It’s a reality TV show on E! about Kim Kardashian and her family. Obviously, one does not watch the show for intellectual stimuli; I watch partly because it’s therapeutically mind-numbing and partly because I admire the makeup. Kim, Kourtney and Khloe (the three older Kardashian sisters) wear some of the prettiest makeup on reality TV — seriously — and they totally own the dark smokey eye and nude lip look.

Last evening I was perusing the show’s website when I found this fun photo tool. Check it out. Here I am chillaxing with the girls at the club!



LOL… yeah, those are so not my boobs.

Does anyone else watch any particular TV shows to admire the makeup? I know I can’t be the only one.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Aivy says:

    Hi Karen! Long time lurker first time comment poster –

    I LOVE that show too! Kim’s website ( has a blog with occasional entries about makeup and beauty. If I remember correctly she uses a lot of Make Up For Ever shadows and NARS lip gloss. Man, their mom’s got it goin on, too.

  2. Mariah says:

    Haha! Awesome! I agree, I watch that show half for Kim’s gorgeous makeup. Say what you will, her head on shots in the “confessional” scenes, she looks amazing!

    I also generally like the makeup on The Hills too. They often go for natural/neutral, and Lauren is allll about the cat eye, but sometimes they venture out, and it’s usually awesome!

    Mariahs last blog post..Stolen from mippa!

  3. Anna says:

    I love Kim’s make-up. Alway looking flawless and rockin a killer smokey eye and nude lip !!! I think I read Kim uses MAC Angel lipstick and NARS Turkish Delight gloss.

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Aivy,

    It’s great to finally meet ya, girl. (And it’s good to know I’m not the only one who is a lil’ obsessed with that show, LOL). I was on Kim’s website a few days ago… I glanced at it briefly but will look closer next time to find the beauty tips. I wanna know what she uses, too. She and her sisters always just look really great. And you’re right, so does their mom!

    It’s kinda weird to me, though, how Rob looks nothing like the girls!

  5. Karen B says:

    Wow, she looks amazing! I’ll have to check out her blog more often.

    Karen Bs last blog post..Icon meme

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Mariah,

    I know! Kim’s smokey dark eyes are TOO FIERCE! I wanna know her secret.

    I like the makeup on The Hills, too. Did you see the Paris ep where Lauren and Whitney went out to that bar with the French band? I was so shocked to see Lauren in glossy red lips. I was like, “Girl, you’re so rocking that!” It was nice to see her in something other than her usual cat eye/nude lip. Ugh, I dunno if I’m going to be able to make it until the new season starts in August. I want it now!

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    Oh! I don’t have either of those… but I want ’em, now! 🙂

  8. PeeChee says:

    Girl, I secretly watch that show too!! When the kids and hubby are sleep I’ll watch it on Tivo…thank goodness for that! haha

    I’m drawn to the makeup and fashion on that show….

  9. Karen says:

    Hiya Karen B.,

    Yah, she’s really pretty both with and without makeup. I hope she posts some of her makeup secrets!

  10. Aivy says:

    Rob looks like his dad! They have really good genes.

  11. Victoria says:

    I also watch this for the mind numbing effect- their make up is awesome! I do find myself asking of they are so “rich” why do they live with their parents still? I’m sure it’s a ploy for the story line. Kim always looks good even when she is dressed down her make up is still so “ON”. Love it!!

  12. Bridget says:

    I hate that I watch this show. That one episode though where Kims sisters were ganging up on her I was like just leave them there!!haha They were mean. Bruce is hilarious. The little sisters scare me, they act like their older sisters.haha

    I’m trying to think of another show that has great makeup…. oh duh. I Love New York and Flavor of Love!hahah I like to see the makeup on Project Runway and Top Model(Go Whitney!!)

  13. Susan says:

    Karen: Can you tell me where you bought the perfume “Cash Flow” and who makes it please ?

  14. Meaghan says:

    Ohmigod! The Kardashians has become my fave show (even over The Hills- because honestly, this season was totally a non-event). I love to watch it for the makeup but also for the outfits too! I tracked down info on her makeup.

    Kim says that her go to nude lip is MAC’s Stripdown lipliner, MAC’s Angel lipstick and Nars Turkish Delight lipgloss. Sometimes she substitutes MAC’s Hue lipstick, or uses Nars Belle De Jour lipstick with MAC’s subculture lipliner. Her makeup artist, Stephen Moleski, has his own site and said that for her smokey eye he starts with MAC’s Painterly paint pot then depending on what tone of the smokey eye he wants he uses either MAC’s carbon (for black), Knight Divine or Print (for greyish smokey), or Embark (for brown smokey). She also likes MAC’s pigment in Tan. She finishes the eye with a black pencil eyeliner- Stila.

    Meaghans last blog post..Sephora’s Best Of 2008 Sweeps

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Aivy,

    Remember the episode where he was going to be a male model? He’s such a cutie.

    The girls totally take after their mom, that’s for sure.

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Victoria,

    I wondered that too, but then saw an episode where they showed Khloe and Kourt’s townhouse. I think the girls still have their old rooms at their parent’s house. I wonder if Kris and Bruce use those rooms for storage, LOL. That’s what happened to my old room at my mom and dad’s pad. It’s turned into my mom’s extra closet.

    I agree, Kim always looks great – from the hair, makeup, accessories, everything!

  17. Megan says:

    LOL K… You are going to crack up. So I love this show called the first 48 on A&E. It’s a show about real murders and the first 48 hours from the time it’s discovered etc. So not really the makeup so much…but one of the homicide detectives when they do stories in Memphis is Sgt. Caroline Mason…and let me tell you…she is slightly ghetto fabulous… but she will get a curling iron out of her desk drawer and fix her hair before she goes out to arrest someone…and she can run in heels like nobody’s business…and she’s excellent at making grown men…murderers at that…cry. I admire her attitude more than her makeup though.

    You know whose makeup I love? Shannon Tweed and Sophie Simmons on Gene Simmons Family Jewels. They both always look so fresh and pretty. 🙂

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Bridget,

    I haven’t watched this season of ANTM at all. I love watching them all in one sitting; those marathons on MTV always leave me glued to the couch.

    Totally agree about the lil’ sisters; they act way to old for their age.

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Susan,

    Hmmm, do you mean Cash Flow paint pot?

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Meaghan,

    OMG! Holy makeup breakdowns, Batman. Do you realize that I’m going to have to hunt all that stuff down now? 🙂

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    Sgt. Caroline sounds like my kinda woman. I am so Tivo-ing that show just to watch her. 🙂

    Try as I might, I can’t get myself to watch Family Jewels. Gene Simmons scares the beejebus out of me!

  22. Shefali says:

    OMG I totally watch the Kardashians on Tivo!!! LOL. My hubs and I call Bruce “the burn victim” b/c his skin looks so trippy. But he’s so nice…I don’t know how he puts up with all that all the girls do, including mom and two younger sisters. I’m rambling about my thoughts b/c no one else I know watches this show! I love the make up. I think the mom needs to dress her age. The two younger ones need to stay young and not use stripper poles to dance for fun (if you saw season one…you’ll know what I mean!). I’m glad Rob found a girlfriend and hope they stay together. I cried during the episode about their dad. I thought Khloe and Kourtney were really mean to Kim this season. Loved the episode where Bruce gets new clothes. OK…I think I’m done. Now I’m going to go out and buy the makeup that Kim uses, LOL.

  23. rowena says:

    I do love their full on glamour puss looks – I mean they are all bordering on tranny, but they definately have something…

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  24. Crystal says:

    OMG! LOVE THEM… i heard kim wore NARS Turkish Delight.. and what did i do?? went out and spent 24 bucks on it! but its amazing.. a great pinkish nude color 🙂

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Shefali,

    Okay, so I’ve always thought that Bruce’s skin looked a little too tight! Did he get plastic surgery?

    I am so glad that I’m not the only person in the closet about this show. I only started watching this season so I have quite a few episodes to watch. I haven’t seen the show where they talk about their dad but I think I’d probably end up getting teary too; the kids all get very emotional when they talk about him and it’s obvious there was a lot of love.

    Rob’s girlfriend is totally cute! I couldn’t believe that boy didn’t know how to do his laundry though, oy!

    Ha! I want to get all the makeup Kim uses too! You are so a girl after my own heart, LOL.

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Rowena,

    I love the big glamour looks they do, too.

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Crystal,

    I am going to have to fold and get that one, too. It looks great on her!

    What have you paired your Turkish Delight with?

  28. Helena says:

    We can’t get the show over here in Belgium (we can get it, E is a part of special arrangment you can purchase extra via Digital tv, but we’d have to pay about $ 35 a month to get the package). What fascinates yet bothers me at the same time about the K sisters is how much make-up they seem to wear all the time. No neutral / natural look for them…
    Otherwise I’m hooked on True Blood.Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove that show

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