A Quick Eye Makeup Tip for Exhausted Pet Assistants and Other People With PAWS

Published in: Eyes, Makeup Tips/How To

eye makeup tip for brighter eyes

According to the International Association of Professional Pet Assistants (IAPPA), PAWS, or Pet Assistant Weariness Syndrome, afflicts 63% of pet assistants, myself included.


International Association of Professional Pet AssistantsMore often than not, it goes undiagnosed, and there’s also a stigma attached to it. Many people with PAWS live in fear, not wanting to be the targets of ridicule.

But admitting that you have PAWS is the first step to recovery…

When my PAWS flares up, and I’m feeling really run down, I like to take a small amount of concealer, usually in the same shade that I’ve been using lately to cover my dark circles (MAC Select Moisturecover in NW25), which is a few shades lighter than my natural skin color, and apply it along the base of my brows with a pencil brush like the MAC 219.

(SIDE NOTE: You could also use a concealer in crayon clothing, like the new Rouge Bunny Rouge Concealers, for this trick and apply it directly with the crayon.)

Applied along the base of the brow, the lighter concealer color appears to lift the arch, making the eye seem brighter and more alert.

eye makeup tip for brighter eyes


As long as I’m careful to blend away any visible edges with a finger, the effect is so subtle that my boss rarely even realizes what I’ve done, and when I look more awake, I usually feel a little more awake, which is great for my PAWS. 🙂

But it’s not a cure. As long as my employer continues to regularly send me on midnight gravy runs, I’ll continue to suffer from PAWS…

tabs looking extra grumpy
I don’t remember saying that you could take a break.

And have you been to a grocery store at midnight lately?? Sh*t is really weird. Lots of odd characters roaming the frozen food aisles doing things you wish you could un-see…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. iceempress says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for the tip! Love it! I actually love your whole look in this post. Can i get a breakdown pretty please? If its ok with Tabs of course. He wooks sow gwumpy.

    • Molly says:

      She’s right, you do look really good.

      • Karen says:

        Thanks, guys!

        Funny, but I was waiting to see if someone mentioned the makeup in this look…I’ll do a tutorial for it, how about that?

        • Karen says:

          Oh, and here’s a quickie breakdown:

          MAC Prep+Prime Natural Radiance Base
          MAC Face and Body Foundation in C5
          MAC Careblends Pressed in Medium/Dark

          Becca Mineralize Bronzing Highlighter Duo in Serrana (contour and highlight)
          Becca Flowerchild Blush (apples)

          MAC Paint in Sublime Nature (lids)
          MAC Sable Eyeshadow (lash lines and outer V)
          MAC Prunella Liner (lash lines, water lines)
          LORAC Pro Mascara (upper and lower lashes)

          Concealer to blank out lips
          Burberry Lip Mist in No. 202

  2. Molly says:

    You’re story ideas with Tabs are great.

  3. Molly says:

    Darn my typo… I meant Your not ‘you’re’…. 🙁

  4. Abbi P. says:

    OMG too funny, I suffer from PAWS BIG TIME, double trouble with a seriously bossy Bengal cat Turbo (who looks almost identical to Tabs (except a shorter nose!) and an overly needy chihuahua Romeo! Love the look, love the post, thanks!!

  5. Soo Jin says:

    This is the best post ever! PAWS! haha! I also love the makeup look- can’t wait for the tutorial

  6. HAHA you are hilarious!
    I’d love to go midnight grocery store people watching!
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  7. Heidi says:

    Even scarier than any grocery store in the middle of the night — Walmart in the middle of the night! Did that a couple of times and never again.

    Thanks for the tip for dealing with the effects of PAWS. I’ve been majorly afflicted with it myself this week. I think it’s the full moon coming up soon. Missy gets whiney and demanding during that time (well, even more whiney and demanding than usual) and it’s exhausting.

  8. Michelle L says:

    I laughed out loud at Tabs’ comment about taking a break! My girls have mastered that look and unspoken snarkiness. BTW, you look great!

  9. You look absolutely gorgeous. So fresh and natural, I love it. Tabs better be nice to you! 😉

  10. Anitacska says:

    Our older cat is actually named Paws. 🙂
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  11. Marina says:

    I agree (with others), you do look fantastic in on the photos!
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  12. Emily says:

    This is a great tip, I always have to use a separate product under my brows. I’m all for one item doing double duty!

    You look so fresh and awake in your photos – so pretty Karen!
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  13. Nina says:

    I do this – it helps w/ brow definition esp when mine are overgrown and in need of a threading!

  14. NeenaJ says:

    Loved this post! Like others, I went to Wal-Mart once in the middle of the night and was actually scared.

  15. Kim says:

    That diva is a taskmaster! 🙂 This is a great look though. You may be suffering from PAWS but no one would ever know it from these pics.

  16. I absolutely adore this look on you, would love a proper tutorial!

    As for diva furbabies, I have to say mine has been behaving herself lately. Phew!

  17. I do this with my stick concealers sometimes, really gives a lift to the brows! Love your lip color here!
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  18. musical says:

    That’s such a typical “Boss” look on Tabster’s face! One of the best cures for PAWS is actually soft-paws. Hope you get some from Tabs everyday :).

    Neat tip, this one! Gotta’ try it!

  19. Tina B says:

    Loved this, I’ll try it soon as I can use all the “eye-opening” help I can get! Great photo of you, love those bow earrings!
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  20. TrippyPixie says:

    I’ll have to go and try this! I’m curious to see if it’ll work, since I wear glasses.

    Also, going to a grocery store in the middle of the night is like watching “Maury” or “The Jerry Springer Show” — it horrifies you and makes you question the current state of humanity, but later you feel so much better about your own life.

  21. I love love love this look you did–this is the kind of look I like to wear on a daily basis (except your version looks MUCH better than mine :P)
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  22. HAHAHA! As a fellow pet assistant I LOVE this post!
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