A Rocking Red Carpet Makeup Tutorial

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Quick question for you: would Nick Jonas count as a rockin’ red carpet date?

I was totally feeling his song Jealous last night. It sounds like old-school Babyface, doesn’t it? Love it.

The funny thing is that El Hub actually knew the song when it started playing. He was all, “Oh, that’s that Jealous song. I’ve heard it on the radio.”

LOL! This coming from a 40-something-year-old dude who reads sci-fi blogs and watches YouTube videos about carpentry. Seriously, what rock have I been hiding under that I missed that song? I am usually the last person to get to the party/figure things out, but dang! — go on with your bad self, Nick Jonas!

Anywho, what we’ve got here are two fun, un-intimidating pops of color — a smokey purple lower lash line and a hot pink lip (this is a video tutorial of the look I did earlier this week).

As always, thank you for watching. See you on the red carpet! πŸ™‚

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Covergirl Eye Shadow Quads in Notice Me Nudes and Va-Va-Violets

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  1. You look beautiful, Karen! I’m trying a new shade of Covergirl Outlast Lipcolor today πŸ™‚ The one you’re wearing looks very pretty.
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  2. Erin says:

    I love those NARS lipliners, quite possibly my favorite ever!
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  3. Stephanie says:

    Rocking makeup, bombshell hair. Love it.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Stephanie! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday to you. What’s the plan for the weekend?

      • Stephanie says:

        The plan for the weekend is to not panic about getting a place to live and to actually look at places. And work the part-time job, alas.

        Hey, I’ve been meaning to ask. Have you ever used any of bareMinerals loose eyeshadow? Could you compare it to your beloved Mac? The freebie I have of bareMinerals is the silkiest, smoothest, best-feeling eyeshadow I have and I wonder how it compares to others’ favorites.

        • Karen says:

          Good look with the hunt. You know what they say — when you see the right place, you’ll just know. I used to think that was a load of crap until we found our current condo. When we drove up to it and walked up the walkway I knew it was the place.

          So, bareMinerals loose shadows. I have tried them before and I like them, but I have a very hard time with the shadow getting all over the place. For reasons unknown I always end up spilling them, no matter how careful I am. I do think they’re lovely, though. Which shade are you currently using?

  4. gio says:

    You look gorgeous! Love the lip colour, it really suits you.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Gio,

      Thank you! I hope that you had a good week. I thought of you the other day when I had some pasta and of the post you wrote a while back about having JUST the pasta on your plate. πŸ˜€

  5. Ruchita says:

    What a fun look! This is one of those rare times that I’m actually going out on a Friday night so I’m looking forward to breaking out of my usual, neutral look. TGIF!

    • Karen says:

      Wow, have fun tonight! What will you be doing?

      • Ruchita says:

        Thanks! I’m going out dancing with my sister-in-law and her friends, which I haven’t done regularly since college! Last time we went, we caught the trail end of a drag show and saw some pretty over the top hair and makeup. πŸ™‚ I admit, it’s tough to change out of my comfy clothes, but I think it will be fun. πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          Oh, SO FUN! I’m kind of jealous. I haven’t been dancing in forever. What outfit are you wearing? And what kind of music will they be playing?

          Don’t forget to get a disco nap in before you leave! That is the key.

          • Ruchita says:

            I’m still debating on the outfit. It’s cold out, but I’m thinking a skirt with a sparkly top and some tall boots. I’m not sure about the music, but it would be awesome if they did some 80s tunes. Those are so much fun. πŸ™‚

          • Karen says:

            Dancing to 80s music is the best! I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that’s where you end up (because I want to vicariously live through you, lol). Your outfit sounds cute; one can never go wrong with sparkles. Just make sure your skirt has pockets to store your stuff. Or perhaps a wristlet or a cross body purse?

          • Ruchita says:

            Thanks! My skirt has pockets, so I think I’m going with that and will just take the bare minimum – ID, credit card, cash. Oh yeah, and gotta make sure I use the lint brush before I leave. Not taking any cat hair to the club, lol. πŸ™‚

  6. Kwmechelle says:

    Gurl! Nick Jonas. Jealous. Totally my JAM!!! And ole’ school Babyface?! *sips cup* Now I’m ready for a par-tay πŸ™‚
    After I watch your vid, of course

    • Karen says:

      I had NO IDEA. Who knew Nick Jonas could bring it? lol

      So, speaking of old school Babyface, two words for you: Whip Appeal.

      • kwmechelle says:

        Right!!! Btw, fabulous red carpet look! Loved the gradient affect you created with the lippie. Gotta look through my stash to see if I can create that affect with some things I already own. I’m also pretty impressed with those palettes!

  7. Debra says:

    Soft & glamorous!!

    Since I do not have large lids, I’ll have to adjust the gradients upward. Also, I cannot line my lids thick or all the way — just to the height of the curve. It’s a technique I learned long ago from Raquel Welch for the “almond-shaped” eye. Otherwise the eye looks closed and smaller. Boo-hoo though!

    I adjust the liner on the bottom lids!!

    Gotta buy that NARS lip liner. Soon.

    And – could you list the brushes you use? I was trying to get the names down but then I missed out on you and you are the focal point here! I did copy down Sigma which I’ve never heard of and found a good liner brush on amazon.

    Yes, my mouth hangs open too during liner application. I don’t know why I do it – I must have been told at some point that it helps? Now the habit is too embedded in the brain cells to ferret out

    Great job pushing through this one week!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you, friend! And thank you always for the encouragement. It’s deeply appreciated. πŸ™‚

      So, here’s a list of the brushes for you!

      Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush (one to blend concealer, another to blend eyeshadows on lids)
      MAC 204SE (to brush out brows)
      NARS #42 Blending Eyeshadow Brush (to apply crease color)
      Sigma Medium Sweeper E54 Brush (to apply lid color)
      Laura Mercier Crease Brush (to smoke out liner on lower lash line)
      Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner Brush (to apply lower lash line color)
      Sigma Domed Utility E34 Brush (to blend purple on the lower lash line)

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other Qs.

  8. Chelsea says:

    Girl, Jealous is my jam. Love the look!

    • Karen says:

      I honestly had no idea Nick Jonas was rocking that song! It’s very catchy. Apparently I am last one to get to this party, lol!

      Hi from stormy Northern California! It’s raining buckets out here.

  9. Agata says:

    I love this look on you. The lips are HOT. I think I need that lipgloss. I love watching you and picking up all the tips πŸ™‚

    Are you feeling better yet?
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  10. Petra V. says:

    β™₯ Totally love your look and the tutorial video is so adorable!

  11. Fancie says:

    Such a fun look! I’m really digging that blue you’re rocking on the bottom lid and that lip color. I just love those Lip Lava glosses and that one looks great on you!
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  12. Loved ur looks Karen.. Absolutely perfect for red carpet . I wish we had an event only for beauty bloggers where they can look at their makeup best and enjoy the company of the rest.. It would be super amazing.. Lots of makeup to accompany n makeup addicts all at one place πŸ˜‰
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