2-Minute Wide-Eyed Makeup Look

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I was up late last night watching Season 1 of 30 Rock on DVD. This may be lack of sleep talking, but I’m strangely fascinated by puffy Alec Baldwin…


When I finally opened my eyes this morning, I looked TIRED!

I filmed this video clip (click to see the video) a couple days ago, but it shows one of my go-to quick eye makeup looks, great for late-night TV marathons.

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  1. Audrey says:

    Good tips! What do you think about wearing white eyeliner in the waterline? I think Tyra recommends that for a more wide awake look. I haven’t tried it myself yet. I always feel I need eyeliner (on the upper lashline) to look awake. πŸ™‚

    Audrey´s last blog post..Recreating Rihanna’s Look: Experimenting with cat eyes

  2. Brittnie says:

    Blue mascara always works well too. Just on your upper-lashes, though. If you put it on the bottom lashes, it exemplifies your circles.

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Audrey,

    I like wearing gel liner, like MAC Fluidline near the base of the upper lash line to really open up the eyes, too! What is your favorite liner for that spot?

    I tried Tyra’s (love ya, Ty-Ty!) a few times and I didn’t really notice a difference. While I think the white on the waterline looks really neat, I think for me the difference in color is too stark.

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Brittnie,

    Great tip! Looks like I need to bust out some blue mascara ASAP, LOL!

    Hope you’re having a good Saturday! What are you up to? I think I’m going to the gym and then to the movies in a few.

  5. Glosslizard says:

    Yay, wide-eyed is always good!

    BTW, Neiman Marcus has all their beauty event offers up on their website now for next week! Check out the goods! πŸ™‚

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Yes it is! Gotta fight my inner zombie while I have the strength, LOL!

    Thanks for the Neiman’s info. Will head on over there shortly! πŸ™‚

  7. Audrey says:

    You know, the crazy thing is that even though I’m a total MAC junkie, I’ve never once tried their fluidlines! I have the Clinique creme liner in Deep Brown for every day and for night or bolder looks, I’ll wear Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner in Black Ink. I like both formulas, I just like playing with different brands.

    Audrey´s last blog post..Recreating Rihanna’s Look: Experimenting with cat eyes

    • Karen says:

      Hi Audrey,

      MAC’s Fluidlines are great! Once you get them on they won’t move for nuthin’.

      I do like the Clinique and Bobbi liners, too. Long live gel liner! πŸ™‚

  8. Kizzy says:

    Hihi! I liked the ‘zombie’ you added there πŸ˜€

  9. lesley says:

    Oh! I do this too, LOL, with exactly the same products!! However, when I have an extra 1 minute to spare I usually line my eyes with MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline =) That mascara is just the bomb, I think it’s that and Clinique’s Lash Power that have become my makeup bag’s staple.

    After reading your review of Samba-dy Loves Me and I was lemming it, but I’ll probably pop by the Chestnut St. store later this week if the weather allows me to check it out πŸ˜‰

    Belated happy second birthday to your blog and I’m really excited with Tabs’ new blog as well!! The new layout is very cute and I like the idea of your Daily Photo =)

    I hope you’re doing well! Stay dry and warm when the storm comes in!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lesley,

      Yes! I will sneak in the Blacktrack if I’m feeling coordinated, LOL! I wish I could line my lines with it quickly, but I just can’t if I’m in a hurry.

      I hope the rain won’t stick around for too long. It’s cloudy up here right now, boo. If you make it to the Chestnut St. to check Samba-dy Loves Me please let me know what you think of it.

      Oh, and thank you very much for the blog birthday wishes. πŸ™‚

  10. Tali says:

    My realtionship just ended after 11 months of living together im alone and ive been crying 24 hours straight… i need some better concealer as ive found out mine is deffinately NOT waterproof. And looking at my pillow.. neither is my ‘waterproof mascara’

    Normall tired (or poofy from tears) eyes is solved by… cold cold cold face wash… opening eyes in the palm of your hand.
    Eyedrops… luminizer under the eye like Touch eclat.. then concealer THEN line the lower inner corner with light eyeshadow to freshen the eye.. and NO KOHL as it makes you squinty!

  11. lexi says:

    thank you for recommending rubenesque for this look – i tried it and wow what a difference softening the line with a finger makes!

    i LOVE 30 Rock – that is my favorite new show – i can go on and on – Tina Fey is the reason I will not get Lasik eye surgery!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lexi,

      You’re welcome. πŸ™‚ It looks supa hot with black liner on the top lash line too, woo hoo!

      I just started watching 30 Rock a few months ago, so now I’m catching up on the passed seasons. I *love* the writing on that show. The dialogue is so fresh, funny and TOTALLY RANDOM. Do you ever watch Family Guy? I’m convinced the 30 Rock writers draw inspiration from that show.

  12. ponikuta says:

    I like quick simple makeup and this is basically what I do every morning. Boring eh? The only thing I change is perhaps either bronzer/blush + lipstick/gloss. I would love to try out Clinique mascara soon. Sounds promising!!

    ponikuta´s last blog post..I approve this message

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ponikuta,

      It’s pretty awesome. I’m very picky about mascara and High Impact works really well at holding the curl.

      Oh, and your routine isn’t boring at all! It’s streamlined. πŸ™‚

  13. Stephie says:

    Great video! I find myself reaching for the light shimmery shadows as well when I want to look AWAKE. A little bit of winged eyeliner helps open up my eyes too :). I liked that little zombie cat at the end. Haha. Quite freaky πŸ˜›

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephie,

      That was Tabs’ idea. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the winged liner tip. Do you have a favorite liner to do it with?

      For me, I like to tightline the upper waterline with gel liner if I have time. I find that helps to fake the awake look, too.

  14. Marisol says:

    Great tip Karen! I have been catching up with 30 Rock too. I watched seasons 1 & 2 through Netflix Watch Instantly feature and now have season 3 saved in my queue.

    Marisol´s last blog post..Ramblings

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marisol,

      I just finished the second disk of the first season. I couldn’t stop cracking up during the episode with the Tracy Jordan Meat Machine.

      “Meat is the new bread!” LOLOLOL

  15. jane says:

    Your video clips are really entertaining and usually informational for me. I am seriously a makeup noob. I never quite understood blending and such but recently I’ve been trying to learn. Actually I tried it for the first time today, my friend didn’t even notice. Maybe better luck next time.

    Oh and your videos seem to reflect how spunky and cute you are. :]

  16. tanya says:

    ooh we likey. I’m going to look for the birthday suit one…thanks, darling!

    tanya´s last blog post..yellow fever

  17. Judith says:

    I loved the tutorial on how to give your eyes that wide-awake look – quick, too the point and your eyes look awesome. Hopefully, this email will enter me into your giveaway contest. Thank you! Judith

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