Face of the Day: A Smokey Eye with MAC Club

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), MAC Makeup

I had a lot of fun with MAC Club eyeshadow today. Its versatility makes it great for creating quick, daytime smokey eyes. I had about three seconds to put on my makeup this morning, and I owe this look to MAC Club. Paired with a few new products from Fafi and the N Collections, MAC Club helped me finish this look in 10 minutes.




Believe it or not, but there is a completely rational explanation (as soon as I think of it) for why my nails are different colors in this picture.



Here’s what I used to get the look…

-MAC Quite Natural Paint Pot
-MAC Club Eyeshadow

-MAC Quite Natural Paint Pot with Perky Paint Pot
-MAC Soba Eyeshadow

-MAC Perky Paint Pot
-MAC Nanogold Eyeshadow

– MAC Concrete Eyeshadow

-MAC Plushlash in Plushblack

Lower lash line
-MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee
-MAC Eyeshadow in Soba

Undereye circles
– Dior Long-Wearing Moisturizing Concealer in 430
– Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder #2

– Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Almond
– Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

– MAC Emote blush

– MAC Pink Treat Cremestick lip liner
– Chanel Glossimer in Galactic

I haven’t forgotten about the tutorial requests for last week’s pink and blue pastel eye; I hope to finish it this week.


Running late for work… I’ve got one finger on the keyboard and a foot out the door!

I hope your day’s been fab so far and that your coffee has worked its magic. Yea! We made it through Monday!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. BeautyTalk says:

    I have this eyeshadow and have not figured out a way to use it. I will try out this look. How can you do all this in ten minutes?? This would take me 30 at least! lol.

    BeautyTalk’s last blog post..Brightening Ain’t No Secret

  2. Tekoa says:

    I’ll try to replicate this look while timing myself. Heh!

  3. Karen says:

    Hi BeautyTalk,

    Necessity is the mother of invention I guess. I’m perpetually late and have figured out how to do really fast makeup!

  4. Karen says:

    You can do it Tekoa…ready, set, GO!

  5. Jot says:

    Great look, love the pink sparkle at the top x

  6. Vanessa says:

    I love different colored nails! And “Club” is one of my favs!

  7. Shar Shar says:

    Have you tried the Strobe collection yet?

  8. Dao says:

    Nice look! I love your necklace.

  9. Kirsty says:

    Club is sooooo next on my ‘to buy’ list! I love greens and browns and darker colours, and it’s all of them at once!

    I’m tempted to invest in Shade and Macroviolet fluidliners – any thoughts on how they look? I don’t have a counter within 100miles so everything gets ordered online!

    I tried your smokey fafi eye (quad 1 and nice vice). Its quite quick and really pretty! Thank you!!

    And Oh. Em. Gee. I LOVE Strawbaby… must buy backup…

  10. Glosslizard says:

    I’m starting to think that I missed the boat on Perky! I think I’ll start snooping about and snatch it up if I find it!

  11. I hope this doesn’t come off wrong, but sis, you look very young and gorgeous on here. Not that your looks are ever the opposite, but it must be the hair or something because you got that youth action going on! Lol.

    And I still got Fafi swatches on my nails – I’m gross like that, lol.

    Mrs. Lynne, MakeupFix.net’s last blog post..FOTD: Layin’ Low And Going Smokey With Franchesca’s Mineral Eyeshadows

  12. Karen says:

    Thanks, Jot! I’m still going through my pink phase… don’t think it’ll stop anytime soon!

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    Club RULES! I love it. It’s one of those shadows that everyone should have.

    I usually don’t wear different colored nails (I’m pretty conservative with my nail color) but this look was fun (and quite accidental, LOL).

  14. Karen says:

    Hey Shar Shar,

    Truthfully I have no real interest in it…I don’t really dig liquid highlighters (hard to control – stick ones are faster when I’m in a hurry). I used the OG Strobe Cream a long time ago and it made me look like a greasy disco ball!

    I am interested in the Tinted Lip Conditioners. I have a few from the past (in pots) and I like ’em.

    Have you tried it yet? What do you think?

  15. Karen says:

    Thanks Dao!

    I put on some thin gold hoop earrings after I took this pic! It’s a bold jewelry look but I like that sometimes. πŸ™‚ Are you an accessories person too?

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Kirsty,

    Oh yes, girlfriend, Club will so be up your ally. Once you get it try it with Vex – it’s VERY PRETTY! I need more greens in my life! Can you recommend any?

    I don’t have either Shade or Macroviolet, boo hoo. I vaguely recall trying Macroviolet a long time ago and not buying it because of the texture.

    I’m so glad that you tried the Fafi eye! It’s easy, yah? I’m all about fast makeup these days.

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    I kinda like Perky better then Girl Friendly (gasp). I know! It’s light pink, which normally does nothing for me, but for some reason it just works! I’m sure you can get your hands on it…

  18. Karen says:


    No worries, girlfriend! On the drive to work today I was thinking about how cool getting older has been (I understand myself more, things don’t freak me out like they used to) but hey I’ll take a young complement any old day!

    I had some Essie swatches on my left hand for MONTHS. It was nasty! I think we were separated at birth.

  19. karen! club is one of my all-time fav shadows. im going to dig it out tomorrow now taht you’ve reminded me of it πŸ™‚

    makeuplovesme’s last blog post..are you ready for an LTR?

  20. Glosslizard says:

    When I saw it before I thought it was a little too coral (read “orange”) for me, but I think it would work out! I’m really loving the sparkle!

  21. TUPRNUT says:

    You are so “glowy” here, Karen!!!! Your skin is beautiful.

    I am going out and buying Club! That color rocks and it looks like a shade I can really play around with. Thanks for the inspiration! I’m really digging pinks right now, too. I want to buy every pink lipstick and eyshadow that I see right now… ahhh!

  22. Shar Shar says:

    I did, agree with the lip conditioners part. And the cream worked OK.

    I love that this look took you ten minutes! Fab!

  23. Ping. says:

    hahahaha i love your nail… and that facial expression! kick asses.

  24. Stacey says:

    You always look glowing and “healthy”-in a good, complimentary way!

    You’re my favourite blogger too =)

    This is the firs time i’ve made a comment, but yeah, i love your blog!

  25. Baby Girl says:

    I too have club e/s and don’t put it to use. Sad, but true. I think it’s time to get it out and see what works with it.

  26. Victoria says:

    Dang your the roadrunner in makeup application- I feel like I am doing good if I finish my face under 45 minutes..I am in training to be faster lol..Love the club shadow it’s on my to get list..as well as that pearl you used as a base under parrot the other day ..that was hot! Enjoy your day:)

  27. Megan says:

    So Karen…The weirdest thing…MBB has started stalking me…:-) So you know how you opt in to be notified of follow up comments…well I usually remember to click this and that way I get to see the fun chatter in my email. So i read the blog as usual yesterday…I posted a couple comments…no big deal…

    This morning I’m reading an email and I see this comment on “Face of the Day: A Smokey Eye with MAC ClubÒ€…and I think huh…that must be an old post because I don’t remember it. That happens occasionally – people post comments on an old post…LOL like the week long discussion of Yo Gabba Gabba w/ Mrs. Lynne a few weeks back πŸ™‚ So anyhow I click in…and I got emailed one of the comments on a new post I hadn’t read yet…weird.

    Anyway you should give us an option to get an email when you post a new blog…

    and btw I like the FOTD…I can do complicated, but it would definitely take longer than ten minutes simply because of the number of products you used. I am constantly having to look for the colors/pallettes I want. πŸ™ I need a better organization system.

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Marina,

    Yay! Work that Club, girl. What are your favorite things to pair it with?

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Interesting! I get no coral at all, but our skin tones are very different so that’s a given that Perky would read differently.

    I don’t ever think I’ve worn orange eyeshadow, now that I think about it.

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    Aww, thanks! I think it was the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. That stuff works magic!

    LOL, I am still heavy in the pink phase too. I can’t stop!

    How’s the fitness been this week? Spend any time on your elliptical? I lifted weights on Sunday, went to dance on Monday, but skipped out yesterday (I was supposed to lift weights again). I was so sore from the last session and I got about two seconds of sleep the night before cause I was super tired. Blah! My sweet tooth has been in full gear but I got some Haagen Daz frozen yogurt (in the small pint) and I’ve been doling out little bits here and there with cut up strawberries. It’s just enough to ease the pain, LOL.

  31. Karen says:

    Hey Shar Shar,

    Yeah, I love the Lip Conditioners, but I hate that they are in pots because I’m not keen on putting my fingers in there (and I’m often too lazy to use a lip brush), so I’m glad they put these in stick form. I just got my hands on Strobe Current and Strobe Kiss yesterday. They rock…

  32. Karen says:

    Thanks, Ping! I was testing out a few polishes and sort of forgot to take the colors off, ha ha ha! I’ve had different colored nails for a few days now. Happy Wednesday!

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Stacey,

    Yay! Thank you for saying hi and for the great complements. LOL, I have a lot of help getting the glow… in this picture I had about 4 hours of sleep the night before so if it weren’t for concealer I’d be looking pretty rough! πŸ™‚ Where are ya writing from?

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Baby Girl,

    The funny thing about Club is that it looks like nothing special in the pot, but when you get it on it’s so pretty and multi-dimensional! I’ve work it with browns, pinks, blues and greens. Do you have Vex? They make a good pair…

  35. Karen says:

    Hiya Victoria,

    Yeah, girl! I am almost always late (trying to work on that … it’s one of my New Year’s resolutions!) so the quick and dirty makeup application has become my forte, so to speak. When I have time I usually love taking my sweet time though too, especially when I can listen to music or eat a snack or two (ha! it’s true!) while I’m applying it! πŸ™‚

    You have a fantastic Wednesday. Lemme know when you come back with your MAC stash and what you think of Pearl!

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    Oh wow, thank you for giving me the heads up on that. I will see if I can find something that does that feature.

    Regarding organization, what I do when I am in a hurry is I grab all the products that I think I need beforehand and arrange them on the counter or my desk. That helps save a little bit of time. My apartment is small is if I still need more stuff I can just run into the other room and grab whatever it is. When I’m done I throw it all into a bag and when I get home from work I just take the products from the bag and then put them back where they belong.

    I have a three plastic Steralite drawers compartments (with nine drawers total) I got from Joanne’s a few months ago. I separate them by product and line, and if I can (because I’m OCD that way) limited edition collection. To help with the organization I’m thinking about getting a label maker because I hate having to pick up shadows and then check the names underneath to be sure it’s the one I need. It’s not my ideal situation because those drawers are ugly but it’s cheap and it works for now.

  37. Glosslizard says:

    It might have even been the lighting at the MAC store making it look wierdly coral-ish. Sometimes those lights just make things look off! Yup, darn it, I’m goin’ fishing for Perky! πŸ˜‰

  38. TUPRNUT says:

    Hey Girl!

    Thanks for checking in. I’ve walked twice this week and tomorrow and Saturday are elliptical days for me. I’ve been trying to sneak in squats and lunges when my daughter is up and playing. She thinks I’m dancing! πŸ™‚

    My sweet tooth is on over-drive, too! I’ve been picking up the Yogurt Parfaits from McDonald’s a few times a week for a healthy snack – I love these! I’ve started cutting out my nightly drink – oh, I miss my glass of wine πŸ™ But, it’s all worth it, right?

    I appreciate your accountability. It really helps!

  39. TUPRNUT says:

    Yippee – I just ordered Club online… well, along with a few others… Satin Taupe, Expensive Pink as well as Strobe Kiss lip conditioner. I’m so excited! πŸ™‚ Thanks again for the inspiration.

  40. Stacey says:

    I’m writing from England πŸ™‚
    I’ve been reading blogs for a few months now but yours is def my favourite!
    Keep up the great work!!

  41. Amanda says:

    i love the blue nail-that color is totally spring!

    As for the makeup, beautiful as always. Which product is giving your lid that greenish flash? I can see it in the first close up eye pic. It’s HOT!

  42. Glosslizard says:

    LOL! I got stung by the MBB! πŸ˜€ I went out and got Perky (You were totally right, Karen, it’s a beautiful rosy pink, not coral at all!) and got sucked in by Strawbaby too!

    Oh, MAC Fafi collection, you are so beautiful and so deadly to my wallet! Regrets? Ha! I have none! πŸ˜‰

  43. Glosslizard says:

    LOL! You got me, Karen! πŸ˜€ I went out and got Perky (You were totally right, it’s a beautiful rosy pink, not coral at all!) and got sucked in by Strawbaby too!

    Oh, MAC Fafi collection, you are so beautiful and so deadly to my wallet! Regrets? Ha! I have none! πŸ˜‰

  44. Ruth says:

    Girl I am loving the different colored nails. No explanation needed! πŸ™‚

    Ruth’s last blog post..“A girl should be two things : classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

  45. Glosslizard says:

    Oops, thought I had caught that one before it posted! I didn’t want you to see “stung” and think I meant it in a bad way! πŸ™‚

  46. I totally love the subtle and very natural look you have going on here! I don’t own Club e/s but am definitely considering picking it up. Thanks for sharing this look with us. =)

  47. sophie says:

    Bonjour Karen,

    Thanks a lot to have tried this look…
    You wear it very well and it looks really natural on you…
    I’ll try to apply eyeshadows like you’ve done.

    Your french friend beauty addict…

  48. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Oh, no worries! Stung is a good, strong verb. Me likey! πŸ™‚

    Have you played with your Perky Paint Pot yet? Let me know what combos you do, woo hoo!

  49. Glosslizard says:

    Thanks! I always get oversensitive about wording when I have to communicate without tone of voice (thus explaining my near-compulsive use of emoticons)! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Haven’t played yet, but just wait ’til tomorrow morning! Bwa-ha-ha!

    Oh, and Strawbaby is indeed amazing!!! Luuuuurving it!

  50. Karen says:

    Hi Turpnut,

    You go! Good job on your exercising! That’s cute that your lil’ one things you’re dancing when you’re doing squats, aww. Does she dance along with you?

    I’ve seen those Yogurt Parfaits and they good pretty yummy. There’s a McDonald’s right down my street and tempts me ever so often (especially the fries).

    Have fun doing your elliptical workout tomorrow and catching up on your soap!

  51. Karen says:

    Hi Stacey,

    Halooooo from across the pond! I love the UK (pasties, yum, and Christian Bale, YUMMMM). Thank you so much for the wonderful words. I’m so flattered! πŸ™‚

    Have a good rest of your week!

  52. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Two blue nails are currently typing this sentence out (the rest are other weird colors, LOL)!

    That flash of green is the amazing MAC CLUB! Get it girl! You won’t regret it. πŸ™‚

  53. Karen says:

    Thanks Ruth!

    The random colored nails were a nice accidental beauty discovery. Gotta love those…

    How’s your day been?

  54. Karen says:

    Hi Sofresh & SoPink,

    You’re welcome! You gotta get the Club… it’s fun and goes with so many things. Are you a MAC kinda girl, too?

  55. Karen says:

    Hi Sophie!

    Yay! If you’d like let me know if you want me to do a tutorial on this… it’s pretty easy but visuals help sometimes, I know.

  56. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard!

    Are you wearing Strawbaby to Aikido tonight?!

  57. Glosslizard says:

    Just got back from aikido! Good workout tonight! I have a promotion test coming up next Friday!

    Ha! I would’ve worn Strawbaby if it didn’t have the gi-staining factor! I’m sticking with my Stila vanilla mint lip glaze! I did wear Girl Friendly though, with a little Perky above the crease!

  58. Karen you always look so pretty, I seriously need you to do my makeup. I wish I could mix colors like you and do it in 10 minutes.

    You know what’s funny, I didn’t even notice your different colored nails until I read your comment. I walk out of the house with skittles nails almost everyday so it’s become natural to me. I’m sure people think I’m crazy. Especially since it’s usually only a few nails that are painted.

    AllLacqueredUp’s last blog post..China Glaze Spring 2008 – Ecollection

  59. Jamie says:

    I love the whole look, especially the different colored nails! πŸ™‚ I actually have turquoise and pink nails right now because of different stories I’m working on … so I completely am in line with that look! πŸ™‚

    Jamie’s last blog post..Beauty Event: Lancome Master Techniques

  60. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizare,

    GOOD LUCK on your test on Friday! I hope you work it like I know you can!

    Yay, Perky!

  61. Karen says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you, hun! LOL, I owe my 10 minute makeup skillz to my perpetually being late skills! I’d love to do your makeup someday!

    Skittles nails…cute! We should start a new mismatched nail trend. πŸ™‚

  62. Karen says:

    Hi Jamie,

    LOL, cute! My nails are: blue, yellow, light purple, purple, peach and red right now. And I’m digging it!

    Happy Thursday!

  63. Glosslizard says:

    Thanks! πŸ˜€

  64. Pia says:

    Love the look! Alas, loads of products to use, though and I don’t have any of them…bwwaaaahhhh. I will go to MAC and try to locate this club and soba. I can see myself just applying Club all over and just head out of the door cos combining all those colors will definitely take me more than half an hour and I am still working to improve my 30-minute makeup time.

    Love the nails! I wonder when there will be a trend of chipping nail colors, though. Mine are that way after 2 days and I’m too lazy to re-apply/remove them.

  65. AppleDiva says:

    Karen, the paint pots look lovely!!

  66. Karen says:

    Hi Pia,

    Mine are chipping like crazy now because I was too lazy to put on a top coat. Have you tried Seche Vite top coat? It’s the best stuff out there to prevent chipping.

    Both Club and Soba are very versatile, so I hope they work on your skin! I use Soba by itself all the time. πŸ™‚

  67. Karen says:

    Hi AppleD,

    Thanks girl! I hope you’re having a good weekend!

  68. vivien says:

    I love your hair here!!!

  69. Lydia says:

    Ooo I like this look!

    Lydias last blog post..A key summer look…

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