The dark side.

This dark lip-dark eye makeup is one of my favorites.
I think the dark raisin color is so flattering with most skin colors and it’s fun because it brings out blue or green eyes and makes your teeth look white as the driven snow.

(I had to use a screen shot for my photo so I am sorry it’s not the greatest quality)

What I used:
Lip Color – Nars Train Bleu
Eyeshadow – Cargo Vintage Escape Palette Out of stock Similar here
Mascara – Givenchy
Foundation & Blush – Maskcara IIID
Eyeliner – Sephora Collection in Black

Have an amazing weekend!


  • Brittany

    17.01.2014 at 03:54 Reply

    Another great dark color is MAC Rebel. Also, if you have 6 used containers you can trade them in and get the lipstick for free!

  • TW

    17.01.2014 at 03:57 Reply

    Very pretty Cara! I don’t think I’ve ever seen you without ultra-nude lips. I would love to see you in an in-between color. Like a pretty pink.

  • Eryn P

    17.01.2014 at 05:16 Reply

    Love this look on you!

  • Meri Waldron

    17.01.2014 at 05:16 Reply


  • Priscilla

    17.01.2014 at 05:22 Reply

    How in the heck do you put on eye make up with out closing your eyes, or making crazy faces!?!?! I’m amazed…if I ever made a makeup video, the faces I make to put makeup on would slam my video in the humor category… thanks for the tips! Love your make up posts!

  • Mary

    17.01.2014 at 05:42 Reply

    That is such a gorgeous look! I would love to see the same products on someone with fair hair and skin to see if it has the same effect.

  • HWM

    17.01.2014 at 05:45 Reply

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Carissa

    17.01.2014 at 05:47 Reply

    :: very important question. did your hair just go darker??

    • Cara

      18.01.2014 at 21:51 Reply

      haha no I just refreshed the color and it fades really fast so I went a little darker, I did this video a few weeks ago so it’s already lighter!

  • Jo Ann

    17.01.2014 at 05:48 Reply

    I would like to know where to purchase the foundation and products used on the Steve Harvey you showed on Monday show.
    Please Reply!
    Thank you
    Jo Ann

  • Beth Graves

    17.01.2014 at 05:49 Reply

    Wow! You look amazing here, but you always do!! Also wanted to thank and say hI am so honored for you and the viewers that have checked out my new blog at I also want to invite anyone else to check it out! Thanks in advance!

  • Emerald Earrings

    17.01.2014 at 06:05 Reply

    Did you darken your hair again? It looks gorgeous! My hair is extremely dark so I might be a little partial :)

    • Cara

      18.01.2014 at 21:52 Reply

      yes! I refreshed my color and went a little darker this time cause it fades so fast! I love it though, everyone talks me into keeping it lighter but I have some Jersey in my soul or something because I love it black! haha

      • Emerald Earrings

        19.01.2014 at 05:02 Reply

        Haha! I know the feeling! I’m always hearing “you could go a little lighter” by I feel myself when it’s black :)

  • Lisa

    17.01.2014 at 06:11 Reply

    I normally LOVE everything you do, but I have to say Im not partial to this dark color on you. But all other stuff is amazing!

  • Rachel

    17.01.2014 at 06:26 Reply

    When will HAC Pack Medium be in stock?!?!

    • Cara

      18.01.2014 at 21:54 Reply

      Probably not for a few months! :( Never soon enough! !!

  • Jennifer S

    17.01.2014 at 06:40 Reply

    I’ve never tried the wonder pencil, and I do have any issue with feathering with some of my lipsticks. I’ll have to pick one up!

  • Susan

    17.01.2014 at 06:42 Reply

    This is the first look of yours I haven’t liked. I think the color ages you about 10 years-your usual nude/pink lips always look so fresh and pretty.

    • Cara

      18.01.2014 at 21:47 Reply

      my husband would probably high five you on this shared opinion! Haha While I do prefer the soft colored lips it is so fun to mix things up sometimes!

  • Red Tag Couture

    17.01.2014 at 06:53 Reply

    While you always look glam, I am too intimidated to attempt to pull off such a dark lip. Fun to see you switch things up, though!

    XO RTC

    • Cara

      18.01.2014 at 21:48 Reply

      haha I hear ya! For some reason though I feel less intimidated by this color than a red!

  • Allison

    17.01.2014 at 06:55 Reply

    Baby, baby! It’s gorgeous. I havent watched the vid yet because I’m sitting in the doctors office waiting room, but I’m sure I’ll love it. I feel like I’ve seen this look on the Kardashians lately. Super edgy!

    • Cara

      18.01.2014 at 21:48 Reply

      Thank you! I hope you had an OK appointment at the DOC!

  • Anna Belle

    17.01.2014 at 07:03 Reply

    I really love that look. I think you are exactly right about needing to balance features (rather than keeping one ‘neutral’) Do you know of any similar lip colors in ‘drugstore’ brands?

    Also, I noticed you did eye make-up before highlight. I usually do the opposite! Do you have a reason for this? Or just habit?

    • Mindy G

      17.01.2014 at 08:47 Reply

      i think in another video she said she did that so the highlight cleans up around the eyes.

    • BR

      17.01.2014 at 09:25 Reply

      Try Revlon’s “black cherry” or the revlon suede “backstage.”

  • Becca

    17.01.2014 at 07:18 Reply

    Oooh…I like this A LOT. Sexy! Just one question – do you know of a drugstore color comparable to the Nars pencil? I’d love to try this look, but I don’t really want to shell out $25 for the Nars because I wouldn’t use it often enough to justify it.

    • BR

      17.01.2014 at 09:25 Reply

      Try Revlon’s “black cherry” or the revlon suede “backstage.”

  • Lori

    17.01.2014 at 07:23 Reply

    Love it! This is so pretty and sophisticated, I can’t wait to try it.

  • Amie

    17.01.2014 at 07:30 Reply

    Sooo pretty!! I absolutely want to try this… should be interesting! LOL!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Jessilyn

    17.01.2014 at 07:33 Reply

    BEAUTIFUL!! And thank you for challenging the bold lip/naked eye rule! I feel so mouth-heavy when I try something loud on my lips and not much on my eyes, and I don’t feel like hard-and-fast rules have any place in beauty. Xx

  • Liz Tea Bee

    17.01.2014 at 07:51 Reply

    “You’re gonna look like you’re wearing some make up.”
    This make me giggle. You’ve really gotta own a look like this.

    (note: the Twitter log-in I usually use isn’t working. I don’t know if that’s on WordPress or Twitter’s end but I couldn’t sign in.)

    • Meri Waldron

      17.01.2014 at 16:03 Reply

      I’m having the same issue!

    • Cara

      18.01.2014 at 21:49 Reply

      Weird! I’ll see if there’s something going on on my end!

  • wendy

    17.01.2014 at 08:14 Reply

    For those of us that aren’t quite as daring in the lipstick arena I bet Clinique’s Dark honey lipstick would be a great alternative. It’s pretty sheer but still gives a dark burgandy look. I love this look!

  • Amanda

    17.01.2014 at 08:37 Reply

    I’m cracking up because you mentioned your husband hates that look! I don’t think mine would be too fond of it either, but I’m itching to try a dark raisin type lipstick shade. Looks beautiful!

  • Kristan B

    17.01.2014 at 09:03 Reply

    I love this look, and always feel so self conscious when I try to do it myself! Beautiful!

  • Sam

    17.01.2014 at 09:50 Reply

    i love this look!

    Is there any chance you could give us like a makeup “dupe” version…not necessarily a video but a list of drugstore products that would still be great in place of the products you’ve used? Just for those of us who can’t necessarily afford the makeup you use…because I love this and I wanna do it!

    • CJ

      18.01.2014 at 19:36 Reply

      Wet & Wild Cashmere is super close to this lipstick. Also, super cheap! :)

  • veronica

    17.01.2014 at 09:54 Reply

    Great make up dear! Love it!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  • Ashley @

    17.01.2014 at 10:47 Reply

    Thanks for the inspiration! I LOVE this look on you and can’t wait to try it! I have very fair skin and blonde hair- are there any specific tips or swaps you would recommend?

  • Sherie

    17.01.2014 at 10:51 Reply

    Love this look Cara and i have a question – you use the Sephora liner on your upper lip but do not identify the (pencil?) you use on the inner lower lid – this is a real trouble spot for me – every liner seems to disappear there! HELP!!!

  • Sherie

    17.01.2014 at 10:54 Reply

    Oops – I said “Sephora liner on upper lip but I meant upper LID !! Sorry!!

  • Misty

    17.01.2014 at 11:02 Reply

    Did you get Botox also? Your face just seems like it looks a little different?

    • Jenna

      17.01.2014 at 13:50 Reply

      After the smack she received for admitting to under eye injections, I doubt she’d even consider admitting to Botox if she indeed had it done. I wouldn’t blame her for two seconds if she did, I’m just saying that if I was attacked for one kind of injection, I’d probably keep any future procedures to myself.

      Regardless, she’s beautiful inside and out. As a blog reader, I support whatever she decides to do.

  • Kaelyn

    17.01.2014 at 11:07 Reply

    Love the vamp look! I don’t have many occasions to wear a look this heavy. You look like a sexy vampire, villain, or assassin lol!

  • megan

    17.01.2014 at 12:23 Reply

    This reminds me way too much of my high-school look… sorry to say I won’t be revisiting that look. ever. again. =) You pull it off great though!!

    • Jenna

      17.01.2014 at 13:56 Reply

      Why. Not? Trends. Are. Usually. Just. Repeats. Of. Former. Trends. Very. Little. In. Fashion. Is. Unique. I’m. Sure. This. Will. Grow. On. All. Of. Us. Again. At. Some. Point!

      • Lillie C

        17.01.2014 at 15:01 Reply

        Why. Are. You. Writing. Like. This. It’s. Weird.

        Stop. Now.

  • Jenna

    17.01.2014 at 14:00 Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous, Cara. You are very fortunate to have such a versatile face – you can easily pull off a wide range of looks, which is something few of us can do.

    Love it!

  • liz

    17.01.2014 at 15:03 Reply

    Question! Are the two little marks under your eyes where they injected the filler?

  • Joana

    17.01.2014 at 15:08 Reply

    A timeless look. Perfect for winter and fall!

  • RachelFaith

    17.01.2014 at 15:17 Reply

    “I really love it; my husband hates it” haha you made my day, Cara :) <3

  • Rosey

    17.01.2014 at 17:46 Reply

    This look is fantastic .I love the colour,I just wish I could wear it.It can look harsh on me.Can you suggest a similar softer colour.Also when can I purchase your HAC .There was a mention of January shipping to Australia.

    • Jodie Tighe

      17.01.2014 at 19:53 Reply

      Clinique’s Black Honey looks good on practically everyone; it’s a more sheer raisin-y color.

  • Kelly

    17.01.2014 at 19:04 Reply

    This color looks incredible on you, I will have to try it out!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Amber

    17.01.2014 at 19:47 Reply

    love this look! I will have to try it out! I would love if you could do a tutorial for ways to make your chin look bigger or ways to take attention off of your chin. I have a chin that is slightly too small and a little recessed. It isn’t too bad but I am self conscious about it and would love to find a way to make it look better with makeup, or hairstyle.

  • Jodie Tighe

    17.01.2014 at 19:56 Reply

    Cara, I love your blog. Absolutely love it. You are helping so many women have so much fun and feel better about themselves. Please, please keep writing it! Thank you.

  • The Posh Blog

    18.01.2014 at 03:18 Reply

    I love dark lips. This fall and winter I added more than a few to my collection. Didn’t buy this NARS one but I eyed it many times. It looks great on you.

  • anais1028

    18.01.2014 at 05:20 Reply

    Cara, I would love to see you use the “whole shebang” in your videos, meaning, please don’t skip out on showing us your full application of the highlighting and contouring makeup. I feel that because people have complained about it, you are now self-conscious or worried about what the haters will say.

    Most of us are here because we want to know about excellent makeup application techniques, and that includes seeing your own products applied multiple times and in multiple ways (for example, I noticed for the first time today that you put your blush on before the highlighting!). I really want and need to see you apply your new makeup line many, many times so that I get it right!!

    In November, I ordered the light IIID, and at first I didn’t think it would work for me because my large pores looked “spackled”! Then I got the makeup brush you recommended, and I love how the makeup makes me look! I even ordered a second one for my daughter, who is a fair-skinned ginger-top like me.

    I love your blog, your videos, and your product recommendations as well as your own products–so please don’t hide your light under a bushel :)

    • Meri Waldron

      18.01.2014 at 07:20 Reply

      Yay I agree :)

      • bhelmly

        18.01.2014 at 13:34 Reply

        DITTO !

    • Carmen

      20.01.2014 at 10:11 Reply

      I have to agree. You can’t always worry about the negative comments that some of the readers leave. The majority of us are here because we enjoy your blog and love learning from you. You are not always going to please everyone, especially the haters. xoxo

    • kartasi

      23.01.2014 at 13:46 Reply

      Agreed! You reviewed the Beauty Blended last week and I’d love to see you apply IIID with it!

  • Ashley

    18.01.2014 at 08:22 Reply

    Cara you need to update more!!!! I’m sure your advertisers are paying a pretty penny for it and being as how it’s your full time job now I feel neglected. When you were trying to win that beauty blogger of the year contest, we could count on a post every single day! What changed?!

    • anais1028

      19.01.2014 at 05:08 Reply

      I think it’s called “a product line to launch” :) She needs a clone, lol.

  • bhelmly

    18.01.2014 at 13:33 Reply

    Hi Cara– what do you think about this look on “mature women” in their 50’s? I have thinning/thin lips and im afraid of what this woud look like…thoughts?

  • Adilya

    18.01.2014 at 14:54 Reply

    Love that u broke out of ur box & did something different!!! Awesome!!

  • Cara

    18.01.2014 at 21:49 Reply

    GREAT IDEA! I LOVE that color!

  • Cara

    18.01.2014 at 21:53 Reply

    Thank you! I know, it definitely a risk but I think even if it doesn’t look amazing on me it looks fab on someone so it’s nice that they have the tutorial, right!?

  • Mindy G

    18.01.2014 at 23:37 Reply

    I don’t think I can pull off many darker lip colors–clashes with my hair and skin tone. but i will definitely try out the eye colors using similar shades on a different palette that i already have.

  • nerdylibrariangirl

    19.01.2014 at 05:13 Reply

    I love this look! Great tutorial. I want to try it now. I usually do the light eyes, dark lip thing.

  • Kathy

    19.01.2014 at 14:06 Reply

    I have been searching for the Cargo Vintage Escape Palette and can’t find it anywhere. Would another good option be the Lorac Pro Palette?

  • Laurence King

    19.01.2014 at 15:31 Reply

    Love it, Cara! Very glam!!! Speaking of white teeth, what do you do to get yours such vivid white?

  • Maddie Miller

    19.01.2014 at 17:31 Reply

    Could you do a post on how you refresh your color? I feel like every time I try to do mine, I miss pieces that are noticeably a different color. What color do you use? is it a creme or a foam? Love your blog! thanks xx

  • Alexandra Aimee

    19.01.2014 at 22:07 Reply

    This is really pretty, and I love the boldness of doing both at once!

    — Alex at Brainy Girls Beauty

  • Narine

    20.01.2014 at 04:21 Reply

    You know, when I looked at the photo (screenshot), I didn’t see a lot of makeup – eye makeup that is. I love that although you used some bold colors on your eyes, they still look so neutral <3. Great job darling and I love it, I wanna get brave and try a dark lipstick this weekend xx

    Narine – Same shoes – 3 outfits

  • Elaine

    20.01.2014 at 06:43 Reply

    Cara, you mentioned that we could watch the full video. Did I miss the link?

    I like the idea of mixing it up every now and again. I haven’t heard of a wonder pencil before. I’ll try it for sure.

  • Katie Davis

    20.01.2014 at 13:03 Reply

    Rum Raisin by Revlon is actually what I thought she was wearing… I am fair skinned & wear this all the time, but it looks great on everyone.

  • Caitlin

    21.01.2014 at 07:46 Reply

    I know that you have a ridiculous amount of comments that people want a response to, so I don’t blame you a bit when you don’t respond because you do have a family and a life. But I just thought I would try anyways, I don’t know how you swipe eyeshadow under your eye!! When I do it it makes me look like I just didn’t know how to do my make up, & made a mess, and makes the dark circles look even worse! I want so bad to get the same result you have when you do it but it never looks the same! I would like to do that rather than a sharp eyeliner on the bottom. Any tips?

  • Jennifer

    21.01.2014 at 09:28 Reply

    Love this look! Question…I have the medium HAC palette, but the problem I’m having is that when I put the lighter color on to highlight it looks cakey on my skin. I use a good moisturizer so I don’t have dry skin typically. Any advice?

  • Sherie

    21.01.2014 at 13:56 Reply

    I have a question – you use the Sephora liner on your upper lid but do not identify the (pencil?) you use on the inner lower lid – this is a real trouble spot for me – every liner seems to disappear there! HELP!!!

  • Jody Beth

    22.01.2014 at 08:54 Reply

    I totally bought this a while back when you said it was the perfect dark lip without being too “goth”. I REALLY love the color, but I feel like if you have dry lips, it accentuates that like crazy. Do you feel it does the same to you? I’ve tried using a sugar scrub before putting it on, but it still seems to not go on even enough. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!


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