MAC Cosmetics Neo Sci Fi Face of the Day

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


I’ve had sun on my mind lately and felt inspired this morning to reach for a few brighter-than-bright items from MAC’s Neo Sci Fi collection. I didn’t really feel like going buck wild with a lot of blending or a wide variety of products with my look today, and I limited myself to just two (!) eyeshadows. Oh, and because I woke up a little late this morning (surprise!), I only had 15 minutes to get ready for work. πŸ™‚




My eyes

  1. MAC Perky Paint Pot on the lid, layered beneath all of the other products
  2. MAC Expensive Pink Eye Shadow on the entire lid (layered on top of Perky)
  3. MAC Magnetic Fields Eye Shadow in the outer V and slightly into the crease
  4. Lancome Noir Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner on the lower water line and lower lash line
  5. MAC Expensive Pink Eyeshadow smudged on top of the Lancome liner



The rest of the look


  • MAC Concrete Eye Shadow


  • Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Noir

Dark circles

  • Biotherm Forget It Concealer in 30 (LOVIN’ THIS!)
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder #2



  • MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Spaced Out


  • MAC Cremestick Liner in Sublime Culture
  • MAC Glaze Lipstick in Pleasureseeker
  • MAC Lipglass in Supreme




Yup, it’s friggin’ hot up in the Bay Area today, but it gave me an excuse to bust out the fan for my pictures, ha! I felt so discount model with my windblown hair. I even briefly toyed with the idea of buying a kiddie pool for the living room. I could cool off in it while watching The Real World Season 3,454.

How was your Thursday? Are you looking forward to the weekend? I’m supposed to go see Get Smart with El Hub and some of his coworkers tomorrow night. I’ve never seen the 1960’s TV show (’twas all about Three’s Company reruns at my house), but the movie previews made me laugh. I’m looking forward to watching Ann Hathaway (love her!) kick booty while wearing that fierce, white Burberry trench coat.

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  1. Anna says:

    Very very pretty !!

    15 minutes ???/ you serious girl, I think that will takr me 5 hours…. πŸ™‚

  2. carla says:

    OMG M.A.C is fab I should go check on these neo sci fi and solar field they look great on you dear.

  3. Julia says:

    absolutely gorgeous on you. one of my favorite looks. keep up the good work, you are the best beauty blogger out there!

  4. Jot says:

    totally hot, i’ll be wearing this look asap πŸ™‚

  5. Elle says:

    Seriously, is there *any* look you can’t rock? So cool! I just picked up the Expensive Pink shadow after going through your old swatch post for the collection…I love it! Thanks for giving your readers so many awesome ideas. Are there going to be any more Cool Heat looks coming? πŸ™‚

  6. Dao says:

    I wanted Expensive Pink but it was sold out online πŸ™ Your look is so awesome Karen! I totally *heart* this! You look so bronze like you carry Hawaii back with you to the Bay area πŸ™‚ Your arms look really tone, what have you done? Give me tips, give me tips!

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    Thanks! Look can take me a long time to do, too… but I was really motivated to get to work on time, LOL!

    Happy Friday. πŸ™‚

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Carla,

    Thank ya, girl! I am a huge fan of the Neo Sci Fi colors. I hope you try them!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Julia,

    Awww, that’s so nice of you to say. πŸ™‚ I hope you try this look soon! You can do it with lots of other colors, too, which is nice, and it’s pretty easy.

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Jot,

    Oh sweeeeeet! Let me know how it turns out, yah?

    BTW, I tried it a version of this a few days ago with Girl Friendly Paint Pot underneath. It makes Expensive Pink look a bit cooler!

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Elle,

    How do you like your Expensive Pink? Isn’t it the best color? What have you paired it with so far?

    Yup, I’m playing with some Cool Heat ideas. I want more hours in the day to play with makeup, LOL!

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Hey exercise buddy! πŸ˜‰ Um, let’s see, the biggest thing that helped me get my arms into shape was lifting weights with El Hub. He’s trained people in the past, so it saved me lots of $ in terms of personal training. If I didn’t have him I would’ve probably hired a trainer though, because most of the challenge for me with weight lifting was learning good technique… you can really hurt yourself if you’re lifting incorrectly, so I’m always very careful when I lift because I lift heavy. Anyway, I do sets with heavy weights and low reps, and I LOVE doing bench press! It’s my favorite thing and probably the exercise that’s made the most difference.

    Push ups help, too. πŸ™‚

  13. Elle says:

    Karen–so far I’ve only paired it with Woodwinked to make my sleepy eyes look like I actually got some rest. I’ll have to head back to the store to get some Magnetic Fields, though. You look awesome! Can’t wait to see more Cool Heat looks! Thanks!

  14. Alexa says:

    i love this love. very summery
    i see someone is tan from hawaii!

  15. Abby says:

    Okay, so you can do ALL THAT in 15 mins before work, dang girl I am seriously impressed.

    And, I’m really glad to know that I am not the only one who has thought of getting a kiddie pool for the house, LOLZZZZZZ…seriously, I have a big balcony outside that makes me go hmmmmmmm…….LOLZ!!! Can you imagine!!!

    Have a great day Karen! As always thanks for the best beauty blog ever!


  16. Tekoa says:

    When I’m ten years older, I want to look as good as you do. *stands in awe*

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Elle,

    Good call! I will have to try that soon. I bet it’s very brightening.

    Magnetic Fields is really great for quick smokey eyes. It’s this lazy girl’s best friend right now. πŸ™‚

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Alexa,

    LOL, yeah, I got some color. It’s been nice out here at home, so I’ve been running outside, too. Are you rockin’ some summery shades today?

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Abby,

    The feat of quickness was mostly due to wanting to not be late for work. πŸ˜‰

    I knew I couldn’t be the only one out there! Wouldn’t a kiddie pool be fab for watching an America’s Next Top Model Marathon?

    You have a great day, too, girl! What’s up with you for this weekend?

  20. Karen says:


    Girl! It’s nice to hear from you. Did you just get back from Ethiopia/Israel?

  21. Amanda says:

    Oh so summery! you look great. I need to practice the “v and into crease” application. What brush did you use?

    have fun at get smart-I used to LOVE watching it as a kid-I think the reruns were on Nick at Night. πŸ™‚

    We are shopping for patio furniture-which we’ve been doing for oh, about a month now. We’ve lived in our home 6 six and have never gotten a set!

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Funny you should ask, because I used my MAC 224 (the infamous tapered “windshield wiper” brush), which I have a love/hate relationship with. I’ve had it for years and rarely reach for it, because in the past I’d end up with a muddy mess in my crease/outer V when I used it with darker colors. I think something kinda “clicked” this time around though, and now I am kinda liking it! To get the darker concentration of color I used the tip of the brush in the outer V, and moved the brush head in tiny circles. To get the lighter color in the crease, I also used just the very tip in a back and forth motion. I also layered the color slowly to avoid the muddy mess. I think with practice it’ll get better!

    Oh! Sounds like fun! I love looking through furniture catalogues and drooling over the nice outdoor sets. What are you gonna pick up? A table? Some lounge chairs?

  23. Daya says:

    I go to this thread just for MAC ideas πŸ˜‰ The Magnetic Fields is a really great color on you! It looks like a darker version of Satin Taupe. I recently bought the Evening Aura from the same collection.

    Let us know how you like Get Smart-it’s supposed to be better than Justin Timberlake’s Love Guru. πŸ™‚

    Have a great one!

  24. Tekoa says:

    Awww! You remembered! Yup, I have returned from the far off lands. And guess what? I’m engaged! My boyfriend asked me to marry him the day after I got back…in a MAC store. *LOL* He’s so sweet.

  25. Amanda says:

    oh cool! Thanks for the info. I *have* the 224 (got one it in one of the sets at the outlet mall) πŸ™‚ I’ll have to try it for the “v”, I’ve only attempted it in the crease. and I agree, sometimes it does make things look muddy.

    as for patio furniture, we don’t have any, so while I would like loungers with a little side table eventually, we are getting a dining table with chairs and umbrella first. We have a HUGE deck, but no shade. (the house was new when we moved in so we had to plant everything, and the trees aren’t big yet). We are sooo ready to enjoy our nice evenings outside and dine al fresco, but we have nowhere to sit, LOL.

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Daya!

    Thanks, girl. πŸ™‚ Evening Aura is very beautiful! It looks like a wonderful lid color (instant brightener!).

    El Hub’s co-workers bailed! I think we’re still going to the movies though… it’s way hot up in our house because there’s no air conditioning, and I’ll need to escape before I melt into the carpet. If we do end up going I’ll let you know if it’s good. πŸ™‚

    You have a good Friday, too! Doing anything fun this weekend?

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Tekoa,

    O.M.G. !!!! Congrats, girl! I’m so happy for you. And how awesome that he asked in a MAC store. πŸ˜‰ Were you surprised?

    How was the trip, by the way? What was your favorite part?

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Yeah; I think just using the very tippy tip helps to avoid the muddiness! It’s not the easiest brush to use, that’s for sure. You gotta let me know if it works for ya in the outer V.

    How nice! I think that’s all you really need (lounge chairs are like a bonus). It’ll be so nice when you can go out there and hang out. I love sitting out on my deck and drinking coffee in the morning, or eating lunch outside. It’s such a small thing, but it brings so much happiness to be outside!

  29. PeeChee says:

    Hey Karen. Looks good! I started a new job in SSF so my time to ready has greatly diminished. I need “cookie cutter” looks for work since I don’t have time to think about what color to use anymore. πŸ™‚ I have those colors too so I know what I’ll be wearing on monday!

  30. Jousy says:

    girllll you look like a rock star! or J.Lo or somethin’! oh gosh, now I love Dior even more. darn that hefty price tag πŸ˜›
    hope you had a great day hun!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi PeeChee,

    Congrats on your new gig. πŸ™‚ Are you enjoying it so far?

    I think you’ll like the lip combo… I did it quite on accident and it was a nice surprise. Have a great weekend and stay cool!

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Jousy,

    Thanks! I am having a great day so far, despite the house cookin’ to the point of no return. It’s getting hot in here (so hot)!

    How has your Friday been? Anything exciting in your neck of the woods?

  33. Glosslizard says:

    Ooh, that is so beautiful on you! I think I will have to go back and swatch Magnetic Fields again!

  34. Marisol says:

    Karen… it has to be said. You look FIERCE!

    Marisols last blog post..How to Contour and Highlight your Cheeks

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Thanks, girl! I really built it up in the outer V, but it’s a really nice, pale grey if you layer it slowly! I think you’ll dig it. πŸ™‚

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Thanks, lady! I was feelin’ pretty fierce in front of the fan, LOL. Have a great weekend!

  37. vivien says:

    Beautiful, I LOVE Expensive Pink, its such a unique color!

  38. lexi says:

    not only am i also addicted to makeup but now addicted to your site! my sister introduced me to your site and now i have a new found love for MAC. i am currently trying to my best to curb my eyeshadow addiction…i need to contol myself since my lipgloss money will have to be filtered to diaper money!

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