A MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick Face of the Day

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

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This is the most makeup I’ve worn in weeks.


OK…two months.

I KNOW! For someone who lives, breathes and dreams about this stuff, I haven’t been doing too well in the actual “putting on makeup” department.

It’s just a phase, which happens sometimes, and I’ll get through it. Maybe my makeup today will be the first step. I’ll start with this warm reddish smoky eye and MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande dark plum lips, then build up to false lashes tomorrow. Then, on Friday, it’s global makeup domination! Er…or something like that.


Even though El Hub says that this lipstick makes me look “vampiric,” I love it. If you’ve had your eye on this one (and, seriously, it’s so gorgeously matte and darkly plummy, how could you not?), it just arrived on counters and the MAC website today with its cute cohort, MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass ($15).

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MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick ($17)

I’m wearing the Lipstick here, by the way, with MAC Cyber World Lip Pencil, because, for the life of me, I just can’t do this color directly from the bullet. It’s too dang hard, homie! Something like MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil would totally also work if you happen to have it around.

Eyes, Cheeks and Skin

I swear, one of these days I’ll swap out the Tartelette In Bloom Palette that’s been chillin’ in my makeup bag for the past two months, but it’s still up in the mix for now…

I’m wearing some of the shades from the bottom row — orangey reddish brown Sweetheart, matte reddish brown Rebel and dark reddish brown Leader — on my lids and lower lash lines.

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The black kitten flick (it’s so tiny that I don’t think I can call it a cat eye flick in good conscience, meow!), I did with Clinique’s Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, which you might like if you’re into super skinny, shiny black lines and don’t want to work too hard.


For my skin, since there was already so much matte up in the mix on my eyes and lips, I went the glowing route with the new BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation set with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural for contrast, and then I swept a luminous plummy blush on my cheeks (Hourglass Mood Exposure). Then I highlighted my upper cheekbones with soft beige Hourglass Ambient Powder in Luminous Light.

Honestly, I could’ve spent a little more time blending everything together…but you know how it is. Sometimes you just wanna hurry up and put on your vampire makeup so you can go to Target and buy some nipple cream and a nursing bra.

Wait — or is that just me? πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. MJ says:

    Love the eyes and the dark lips! The luminous finish is a little too luminous, though!

  2. Allysa says:

    Love this look so much. Ariana’s lipstick is gorgeous on you!

  3. Yeozwa, you look super sexy with this lippie, Karen!
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  4. jessica says:

    ooooh i LOVE it!!!!!!
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  5. Melissa says:

    Hum… I don’t know what could be going on in your life lately lol… 😘 But you just look absolutely stunningly gorgeous in EVERYTHING. In ever color, look etc!! πŸ’“πŸ’™πŸ’•πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’šπŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ’“πŸ’•πŸ’™

  6. Mary says:

    You look gorgeous!!

  7. Sandy P says:

    Karen , you look stunning. I love this look on you. You can carry it off…something I can’t do it at my age!

  8. Lulle says:

    The kitten flick with the dark, vampy (not vampire, what’s up with El Hub??) lips make you look so sexy Karen! Gorgeous date look!
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  9. Rachel R. says:

    You look damn sexy. I love the luminous skin with the vampy lips. The black cherry lipstick color really works on you.

  10. Suzanne C says:

    The dark, plummy, matte lipstick looks great on you, but I just can’t do it. I lived through the 90’s once already and it was not particularly enjoyable the first time around. Besides, it’s January in Florida, which means our one week of Spring will be here in about 6 weeks. I’ve got to start thinking of pastels and flip-flops. You know, before the 10,000% humidity sets in.

  11. Tatiana says:

    Love this look. Chic, sexy, ready for a glamorous evening out. El Hubs should take you out on a really nice date before baby girl arrives.

  12. Bebe says:

    Agree with Kiss & Make-up lady , you look super sexy, hot!!!

  13. Erin says:

    I’m loving the 90’s vibe I’m getting here! SO tempting to get a lipstick in that shade. I think I might bust out Revlon Black Cherry in homage!
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  14. Vanessa C says:

    Looooove this! I just purchased the Becca foundation online yesterday and cannot wait for its arrival tomorrow. It looks amazing on you, although you’re already glowing πŸ€—

  15. Marissa says:

    That’s a super good look for you… Beautiful picture ☺️

  16. Renee says:

    Stunning! Such a beautiful night time look. I’m afraid my hubby would react the same way. πŸ™‚

  17. Chris25 says:

    Honestly, I wouldn’t have guessed that you were out of the swing of things if you hadn’t mentioned it. This vampy look was a great reintroduction. You look fab! πŸ™‚
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  18. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been loving the Tartelette in Bloom palette, everything works so well together. I really like this look, do you find that the lipstick goes on patchy? I have some serious problems with dry lips and mattes often cling to the dry parts, usually not until I’ve been at work for about an hour or so.

  19. zVintageFashionizta says:

    Ohhhh…..lemme find out that you are a sexy mama already!

  20. Jess says:

    DAMN GIRL! That is the most badass lipstick evah. Way more vampiric than Target can handle, haha.
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  21. Eesha says:

    This dark lipstick look super sexy on you and I agree with your hubs that look a bit vampirish (but, in a good way) xx
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  22. Quite a look to buy a nursing bra, but a girl has got to do, what a girl has got to do. You look very vampy, but not vampiric.
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  23. Kim says:

    Oh, El Hub. Such a silly goose, sometimes. πŸ™‚ You always look awesome in dark lipstick. Keep rocking it!!

  24. Damn gurrrl, you’re smoking hot!!! πŸ™‚
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  25. Jennifae says:

    You’re making me want this! I wish I looked that good in vampy colors.

  26. Emme says:

    What undereye concealer are you wearing here?…it’s flawless!

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