MAC Red She Said Face of the Day: Navy Blue, Bronze and Brown Smokey Eye

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

For one precious hour last Saturday afternoon I got in some quality me time. El Hub had gone to the bookstore for something, so I had the place to myself. I plopped down on the living room floor with a bowl of chilled grapes, started an episode of Law and Order: SVU (lovin’ ya, Detective Stabler!) on the Tivo and reached for a few items from MAC Red She Said.


My mind was racing with thoughts of Tabs and other troubles, and I needed to distract myself with something uncomplicated, like Inter-view Mineralize Eye Shadow ($17.50), Enough Said Beauty Powder Blush ($18), Quiet, Please lipstick ($14) and Miss Dynamite Dazzleglass ($17.50).

From left to right: Enough Said Beauty Powder Blush, three shades from the Interview Mineralize Eye Shadow trio

I tried this brown, bronze and navy blue smokey eye. When I was done with the look, I walked around the room by myself, pretending I was contemplating impressionist paintings in a fancy art gallery.

Here’s how I did this look…

The Eyes

  1. I started by priming my lids with a layer of MAC Painterly Paint Pot applied with a fingertip.
  2. Next, I layered a mix of the brown and bronze shades from the MAC Inter-view Mineralize Eye Shadow Trio onto the inner two-thirds of my lid using a MAC 252 eyeshadow brush.
  3. Still with the same brush, I patted the navy blue shade from Inter-view onto the outer third of the lid and just barely into the crease, concentrating most of the color on the side closer to the ear.
  4. Then, I wet a MAC 239 eyeshadow brush with a spritz of MAC Fix+ and swept the wet brush head across the pan of bronze eyeshadow to load the brush and applied the rich, wet shadow to the inner third of my lid. With the edge of the brush, I lined the lower lash line.
  5. Using MAC Technakohl liner in Graphblack, I lined my upper and lower water lines.

To finish the eyes, I curled my lashes with the (legendary) Shu Uemura lash curler and added a couple coats of MAC Zoomlash mascara in Zoomblack.

The Cheeks

  1. Nothing complicated here, but I applied Enough Said blush with a MAC 116 blush brush to my temples and onto the apples of my cheeks.

The Lips

  1. I lined and filled in my lips with a MAC Spice Lip Pencil.
  2. Next, I applied MAC Quiet, Please lipstick directly on top of Spice pencil with a MAC 316 covered lip brush.
  3. To complete the lips, I dabbed some MAC Miss Dynamite onto the center of both the upper and lower lips.

I’ve been a little late to the Red She Said party, but I’m getting into it now. At first, I didn’t think it had the same WOW factor that Cult of Cherry did, but both Enough Said blush and Inter-view eyeshadow delivered beautiful results and helped me see the error of my makeup lurvin’ ways.

What’s been your overall impression of MAC holiday 2008 so far?


Daily Photo

Before Tabs emerged from hiding late last Sunday afternoon I went for a couple walks around the neighborhood to look for him, calling out his name into bushes and checking under parked cars. I was investigating a grassy area on a hill behind some apartments next door when I stumbled upon this beautiful doe.

I’m more of a city girl than a country girl, and anything resembling the woods kinda scares me. But a doe hanging out behind some bamboo on a hill in the burbs… that, I can handle. I named her “Pretty Girl.” I hope she comes back soon!

Why I Fear the Woods

I watched a lot of horror movies as a kid, and it’s a law of horror movie reality that bad stuff *always* happens in the woods, especially if you’re either brown or blonde, LOL! If you’re a brown or blonde character in a Hollywood horror movie, you’re *really screwed* when it comes to demon/zombie/vampire/mutant/aliens. 🙂

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  1. Almira says:

    I really like the inter-view! I even like the name xD

    And your “why I fear the woods” srsly made me LOL! It’s true! Browns and blondes might as well just hang out and wait to die xD

    I, on the other hand, have short black hair. Therefore, I am the heroine. =3

    Almira´s last blog post..W: (dub-ya) Movie Review (I liked it, will you?)

  2. Dao says:

    Love that picture of you flashing “the gang sign” 🙂 I’m in the same boat with you when it comes to Red She Said, it does not seem to wow me at all. Or maybe I lost touch with MAC? Again, I can’t use anything mineralize from MAC because of allergic reaction to the skin. This is a lovely look, I’ve never thought of pairing those 3 colors together.

    Ah, I think I need to dye my hair either jet black or bright red to be immune from demons/zombies/mutants/aliens/vampires/werewolves/… During my junior year in college I was a redhead, it didn’t go so well.

    Dao´s last blog post..Sephora Brand The Lash Stash: Perfect for Mascara Addicts

  3. Glosslizard says:

    Absolutely flawless! That has to be one of my favorite looks on you evah!!

    I’m pretty noncommittal about the whole MAC holiday offering, nothing really inspires me and all the shadow trios run too warm for my liking. I’m saving up to spend some $$$ on skincare when the Sephora FF sale comes around later in November (plus maybe a little on the side for some Chanel goodness 😉 ).

    I like the woods!…. in the daytime!

  4. Laurie says:

    Very pretty. Enough Said is perfect on your cheeks! I must say – I’m really loving the windblown hair in the pictures – it’s totally cute.

    At first it looked like the deer was on stilts – then saw that it was just something else sticking up in the photo:)

    Laurie´s last blog post..Fashionista

  5. Julia says:

    This is striking on you. possibly my favorite look yet! I’m so glad Tabs is back! 😉

  6. Gemma says:

    Lovely! Different foudation this time? Or is it a different powder? Something is different…I just can’t quite put my finger on it!

    Gemma´s last blog post..Swarovski Crystal and Marble Compact for Breast Cancer Awareness

  7. Ashley Samantha says:

    It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever how fabulously bronze you are. I’m endlessly jealous! And I love this look on you, I’m gonna’ have to run out and buy Enough Said now!

  8. Tali says:

    Wow you look fabulous!!!! Its funny because ive been lusting over that exact eye shadow via the internet due to london uk and lack of any interesting mac makeup for the x-mas season!!

    It really suits you especially how the bronzy color looks almost sheer towards the middle of the lid.. perfect!

  9. Karen says:

    Just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blog. I learn from it, cry with it, and especially laugh and smile a lot with it! Keep up the great work, Karen!

  10. Amanda says:

    eee, another lippie lemming from you! gorgeous. I’m good with the woods-it’s all about the “right gear”! plus living in CO we have lots of outdoor stuff and people-I had to “learn quick” to keep up with the hubby (when he was just the BF)….but I didn’t mind. 😉

  11. Brittany says:

    I love that makeup look. It’s gorgeous! I think you should wear that look to your wedding you’re going to, if you haven’t picked out a look. I think it’s not too over the top for daytime and it could transition into night nicely.

  12. Loni says:

    I hate the woods, too!

  13. Laura B says:

    Smokin…Inter View will be mine!!!

  14. Brenda says:

    You look stunning!!! Love the look! Interview is the only trio I did not buy from the collection because I thought it was way too dark, but I am ordering right now!

    I saw a video from a MAC Mkp artist applying the trio Danger Zone which is red/ black / silver. Noone would ever think red looks nice as an eyeshadow but the look was also stunning…The collection is amazing!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Brenda,

    Thanks. 🙂 It’s actually pretty wearable, which surprised me. I’ll have to look into Danger Zone. I’ve never wore red eyeshadow either, but you gotta try everything once!

    Did you pick up any of the lip items?

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Laura B.,

    Thanks! Lemme know what you think of it when you get it. 🙂

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Loni,

    LOL! I take it you don’t do camping… I only camp if there is plumbing! Oh, and lights!

  18. Indian Girl says:

    Enough Said is soooo pretty ! I really wanna get it , but I have so many blushes I feel guilty 🙁

    The eye combo is great! Blue is your color, Karen. I wish blue looked as good on me as it does on you. I will try this look with Urban Decays’s Electric and let you if that works.

    Indian Girl´s last blog post..Tinte Cosmetics – Match Book in Blushing Beauty : Review

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    Thanks! I was thinking about that too. I might if I can figure out a way to make it waterproof. I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up crying!

    How are you doing today? I’m okay… I’ve been better though.

  20. Anna says:

    Karen karen karen, why do you make something I would never look twice at so good…….!!!! That shadow trio will be mine, looks so nice on you, stunning and flawless as always !

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Almira,

    LOL, you’ll be sure to make it out of the woods alive!

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Katee,


  23. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Aww, I bet you were smokin’ with the red hair! It gets to be high maintenance, though!

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Awww, thanks homie! I don’t feel as ga-ga about this round of MAC holiday as I did last year and the year before. Honestly, the packaging has a lot to do with it. But Red She Said is turning out to be a nice surprise. Did you get any of those items?

    Yeah, the woods in the daytime… that’s okay with me, too!

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Laurie,

    Yeah, the fan is fun! And it keeps me from looking like a sweaty beast in those fotd pictures.

    Hope you’re having a good day!

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Julia,

    Thanks! I’m glad he’s back, too. He’s chillin’ at home right now, aww…

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Gemma,

    I used Laura Mercier Oil-Free in this pic. It photographs really well! I’ve had it in my bag for months and just sorta forgot I had it. It’s coming with me to my best friend’s wedding next month.

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Ashley Samantha,

    LOL, thanks! You won’t be disappointed by this blush. It’s fabulous!

    Pair it with a good bronzer and you’ll be set. 🙂

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Tali,

    Thanks! You’ll totally love this in person. I was a bit under-whelmed by it at first, but after you really dig into it shows its true potential!

    Lemme know if you end up getting it!

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you so much for this note. It really means so much to me. 🙂

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Quiet, Please along with Spice liner is *really* pretty! You can wear it with everything.

    LOL regarding the gear. I can appreciate the stuff that comes with the camping. I love going to REI! I just can’t go camping unless there’s like running water, internet, coffee, a bed… LOL, I’m such a wimp!

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    I agree! I have a ton of blushes too, but none that look like this. You won’t regret it. 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear how your look goes! If blue doesn’t work for you with this one how about trying a more purple-y blue?

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    Thanks! 🙂 Yeah, definitely give it a try… I think once you get to playing with it you’ll be impressed.

    Have a good day!

  34. Tekoa says:

    Enough Said looks good on you. I think its too orangy-tan for my poor NC15 skin 🙁 On the up side, Dita Von Teese is my heroine.

    *feeds Tabs some tuna*

  35. Aleks says:

    Oooh, pretty! What an interesting combo of colors, yet it’s definitely working! The lips are also very pretty.

    I agree, some pocket money is never bad! Besides, three days a week ain’t bad, so I think I can handle it 😀

    Glad to hear your work load will decrease after this week! Being stressed out and having too much to do workwise is not good for anyone. I’ve seen it happening with mom too often.

    I hope your week has started well, too! For some reason I’ve been feeling very tired and exhausted for the past week or so. I find myself yawning in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. Weird, perhaps it’s the gray and dull weather and the upcoming winter or something.. 🙂

    Talk to you later! Have a happy week, I’m off to bed now!

  36. Christina says:

    OOOOOOO I love this look!

    I do have ISSUES tho with that bronze shade. The chunky glitter is not working for me when I swatched it and I decided against getting it even though the two other colors are GORGE.
    I love I love.

    Mad props on making that bronzy shade work. It looks fabulous in your look. Glitter fall out much though?

  37. Brenda says:

    Hi Karen,

    From the “Red” she said collection I got Quiet Please, Soft Pause and “Red” She said lipsticks plus the 2 light colors of the Dazzleglass which I adore. I love the “Red” She said lipcolor but my husband says that I look like a clown with it….:-( I have heard people mentioning that the Dazzleglass glosses are sold out at their local MAC stores, but they still have most of them available online and they are offering free shipping. Baby Sparks is a beautiful color!

  38. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. I can see that this look is a crowd pleaser. It is beautiful!

  39. Marisol says:

    This tutorial comes at the perfect time. Today I almost used that eye shadow but didn’t have time to fool around with it and also wasn’t fully awake (it was 6:30am). But now, i will be using your tutorial as a guide. Thank you!

    Did you see the L&O:SVU when we finally met Stabbler’s mom? How sad was that? Poor Stabbler… he just needs a hug.

    Marisol´s last blog post..Online Tarot Card reader

  40. Karen says:

    Hi Tekoa,

    LOL, you crack me up. 🙂 She’s one of mine, too.

    Tabs is here. He says he happily will snack on that tuna! He’s sick of this Fancy Feast BS.

    He’s sending you a virtual kitty nap on your lap…

  41. Karen says:

    Hi Aleks,

    Oh no! Maybe you just need to catch up on some sleep. I’m feeling quite exhausted myself these days. Taking vitamin C helps me a bit when I need energy!

    You have a great week, too. Get some rest, girlie!

  42. Karen says:

    Hi Christina,


    The glitter fall out isn’t bad if I’m not in a hurry. The other day I tried to wear the bronze by itself on the lid when I had 2 minutes to get ready for work and it wasn’t cute. It really helps to wet the brush beforehand, I’ve found.

    What do you like most from Red She Said?

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Brenda,

    Awww, I bet you are totally cute with Red She Said lipstick. El Hub says the same thing when I try wearing brighter eyeshadow colors. He thinks the “no makeup look” (which of course requires at least five things, LOL) is the one I should wear all the time. Whatev, you can’t take away my blue eyeshadows!!!

    Eek! I am kinda lusting after the Date Night Dazzleglass!

    Have you tried pairing Quiet Please with Baby Sparks along with a pink lip liner? I’m thinking that could be pretty cute…

  44. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Thanks, hon! 🙂 Hope you are having a nice day.

  45. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    OMG I totally saw that. How about last week’s one where the guy he named his son after turned out to be the bad guy? That was just wrong.

    I have a not-so-secret thing for Un-Stabler… 🙂

    What do you think of the new DA? Alex Cabot will always be #1 in my book!

  46. cloudburst says:

    Hhhmmm you’re making me think about buying Inter-view…damn you! Just kidding, it looks great on you, very sophisticated.

  47. Karen says:

    Hi Cloudburst,

    Thanks! You know, this was totally outta left field for me. It’s not normally something I’d be attracted to right off the bat, but once I started playing it revealed its true potential!

    You’ll *love* the dark blue…

  48. Marisol says:

    I do not like the new DA. I do miss Alex Cabot. And Olivia still wears the same outfits just different colors.

    Marisol´s last blog post..Online Tarot Card reader

  49. Mariah says:

    Wow! This is the best eye look I have seen with these eye trios! Very pretty!

    And OMG! I DEER! So pretty!!

    Mariah´s last blog post..😛

  50. Brittany says:

    I’m doing okay too. I kind of need get back into angry mode. I’m starting to get kind of sad, which is a lot harder to deal with.

    Ah well. It’s alright. I’ll be okay.

    Hope your week starts looking up 🙂

  51. Ellery says:

    This look is really nice, I love the way your face glows and I really love the lip color!

    You’d think that since there’s lots of woods and fields near me, I’d have at least seen one deer in my lifetime, but I’ve seen none.

  52. Martha says:

    “… walked around the room by myself, pretending I was contemplating impressionist paintings in a fancy art gallery”.

    you’re killin me miz karen! 😆

  53. Elena says:


  54. Elena says:


    You look like a J-lo style photoshoot.

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