About Karen Monterichard

Beauty blogger, photographer and freelance writer Karen Monterichard started Makeup and Beauty Blog on a chilly February afternoon in 2007. Since then, the site has steadily grown into one of the Web's leading resources in the niche. Whether she's flying to Milan to cover Fashion Week for Dolce & Gabbana; interviewing celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker or Paris Hilton; working with MAC Cosmetics to create a new color of Lipglass; or previewing upcoming products from home, Karen loves to brighten the lives of makeup lovers and visitors to the blog. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching movies and spending time with her husband and her tabby cat.


Posts by Karen Monterichard

Why ombre brows? Why not? You might be wondering, “So what the heck are ombre brows?” Well, I’m glad you asked! Ombre has been a big deal over the past couple of years. Ombre hair, ombre nails and, more recently, ombre brows. With brows, it’s where you have one color transition into another, typically from

Natural-Looking Cheeks

    Apr 9, 2014

Somebody ring/text/Skype Nancy Drew! — because it is truly a mystery why it took me so long to find MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush ($25), the most perfect everyday blush ever. As a blush hoarder (#makeupaddictproblems), I’m kind of like the Easter Bunny…except that I hop from blush to blush. But ever since I landed

First of all, please excuse the fact that these pics were taken in my messy lavatory, a.k.a “That ’70s Bathroom.” (That’s really what I call it, since 1973 was roughly the last time it was renovated. Whatever, it’s “vintage.”) Once upon a time I’d just gotten home after a long day, which included a work

False lashes — you CAN do it! False lashes. Two frightening, fringe-fueled words able to strike fear into even the most confident cosmetics aficionados. But they’re really not that scary! No, seriously, I’m all thumbs, and even I can apply ‘em. I just follow a few suggestions and lessons I’ve learned along the way, like…

Katy Perry: pop star extraordinaire, cat lady, false fringe aficionado. Uh…what? Yup, you read that correctly. Katy Perry has a line of false lashes, appropriately named Katy Perry Lashes, which are both 1) super affordable ($6.99 each) and 2) all kinds of awesome. I was a little surprised when I found out about them, even

At first I thought it was just a bad cold, but then I couldn’t stop thinking about pink lipsticks, and I wondered, “Is it because Valentine’s Day is approaching?” No, I don’t think that’s it at all. I think this fever is just because I love pink lipstick. A lot. Which reminds me, I can’t

One day back in college, single and incredibly sad after a particularly heart-wrenching breakup a few days before Valentine’s Day, I wandered into the campus bookstore to just look around and take my mind off of things. Without realizing it, I ended up directly in front of the Hallmark display, completely surrounded by Valentine’s Day

5 Radiant Orchid Lip Colors

    Jan 15, 2014

Each year Pantone, those purveyors of color systems designed to accurately communicate colors across a variety of industries (some of their tools look like the colorful paper paint swatches you find at a paint store), picks a new color of the year, and as soon as I saw this year’s happy hue, Radiant Orchid 18-3224,

Earlier this week I sat down to write my New Year’s resolutions for 2014, and among the many things I’d like to accomplish next year, I resolve to spend more time… Reading Walking Cooking healthy meals And I resolve to spend less time… Vegetating on the couch Procrastinating Staring at chipped nails Yup, I’ve been

I heart holiday glitter! Who says that glitter ain’t for grownups? The glitter police…? Forget that! Wearing what you want is one of the perks of being a grownup. I’m in my late 30s now, and I still can’t get enough of the sparkly stuff. Particularly this time of year, a dose of glitter can


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