Sundays with Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 153

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Tabs for the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume 4.5

My goodness, Tabs sure had a busy week of kitty modeling, but he turned in some top-notch performances for Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, NARS, Smashbox and Sula Beauty.


Sometimes I complain about how much work is involved in being his professional and personal assistant/human, but I have to admit — the cat’s got game.

Hope you had a nice weekend. Tabs and I will see you again soon. πŸ™‚

Tabs for the Make Up For Ever Smoky Tabby Palette

Tabs for NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Zinnia

Tabs for the Smashbox Cats on Film Collection

Tabs for the Sula Beauty Nose & Cheek Tint

Who is Tabs the Cat? About three years ago I befriended a stray, flea-bitten tabby cat with a bad case of worms. I could see he’d fallen on hard times, but his profound knowledge of high fashion and department store cosmetics led me to believe that he was more than meets the eye. We became fast friends, and now he’s actually my boss (and a successful kitty model). πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Molly says:

    Lol. This is great. And thank you for the ‘intro’ to your story together!

  2. Edith says:

    Haha! Karen, your website is too much fun. I love it. Thanks for sharing Tabs and his modeling shots with us. πŸ™‚

  3. Sarahc says:

    Yay! I love the Urban Decay book! I would totally buy any palette if it came with that. It looks like Winnie the Pooh.

  4. Ice Queen says:

    I am becoming a huge Tabs fan. πŸ˜€

    My kitty was a wild boy, too. Now he rules the house. lol

  5. terry says:

    love the cheek and nose tint… looks like he’s blushing, or flushed with happiness, LOL. looking good tabs!=D

  6. amy says:

    the artwork in the fairy tale story is excellent. did you drew and calligraphy everything yourself?

    • Karen says:

      Hi, amy. That’s my favorite one this week. I had a lot of fun on it. I did some of the drawing, but most of it is a combination of filters and layer styles in Photoshop.

      Actually, if you’re interested, here’s what I did for the UD sketches:

      1. Duplicate your original photo layer and place the duplicate on top
      2. Desaturate the duplicated layer
      3. Duplicate the desaturated layer and place it on top
      4. Invert the duplicated, desaturated layer
      5. Change the layer style to color dodge (don’t worry when the image turns all white)
      6. Apply a slight gaussian blur of about 1px (the sketch should appear)
      7. Now draw over some of the lines with a small gray brush to exaggerate them
      8. Merge all of the layers together
      9. Change the layer style to multiply on top of your blank book page to knock out the white background and just show the pencil sketch lines
      10. Go get froyo for dessert πŸ™‚

  7. Eesha says:

    Hehe… love Tabs’s modeling shots. πŸ˜€
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  8. Stacey says:

    Love that NARS one lol. Tabs totally knows how to work that cheek tint!

  9. Advah says:

    Awww tabby tongue!

    I love that Nars one too, giant Tabs looks great! πŸ˜€ (also, have you seen that Arrested Development episode with the mole? All I can think of right now)

  10. artemis says:

    awww, so so cute! love kitties

  11. michelle says:

    absolutely adorable πŸ™‚ You’re such a great digital artist!
    I lol’d at the cheek tint. Reminds me of when I used to accidentally kiss my cat on her nose when wearing bright lipstick πŸ™‚

  12. Chris25 says:

    I was on the fence about the Sula Blush Tint, but if it works for Tabs, it can work for me. πŸ˜›

  13. Nina says:

    Tabs you are a gorgeous kittehh! <3

  14. I love how you create these really fun images featuring Tabs. Yes, that kitty sure has got game! πŸ˜€ Hehe…”Kitty Nose & Cheek Tint” – too cute!
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  15. Kim says:

    Did you sketch the first pics or is that a photoshop program? The shading is great and I’m very, very impressed if you did them by hand. They’re still cool either way. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi, Kim. The sketch was about 70% Photoshop, 30% hand drawing to emphasize some of the lines and really give them a pencil effect using a digital tablet.

      But Photoshop did most of the heavy lifting.

  16. Alka says:

    Wow Karen – you’ve got some mad skills!!! That fairy tale book is incredible. πŸ™‚ I’m also really loving “smoky” Tabs.

  17. Aimee says:

    Your blog is so fun! I love the photos of Tabs – especially with his tongue poking out a little bit.

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