Category Archives: Nars

The Must-Have Blush from NARS Seen During NYFW

After seeing this gorgeous beauty shot from backstage at Alexander Wang, it’s clear that we all need NARS Zen Blush. Can you even with that glowy skin and sculpted cheek?  NARS, led by artist Diane Kendal, created the look for the Alexander Wang Spring 2013 show. Here’s the breakdown, and a hint of some new products coming for Spring 2013!

SKIN
NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate (just launched!)

FACE
Sheer Glow Foundation
Radiant Creamy Concealer (coming Spring 2013!)
Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Loose (coming Spring 2013!)
Zen Blush
Albatross Highlighting Blush

EYES
Cayenne Single Eyeshadow (contour)
Blondie or Bali Eyeshadow (on brows)
Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara

And, while the duct tape part may be for runway effect only, I’m even digging that.

Now, off to order Zen Blush. Seriously, how do I not already have this?

Just Another Mani Monday: NARS Storm Bird

NARS Storm Bird = when a grey nail polish is so much more than just a grey nail polish. Shades of grey (so NOT trying to make a ‘50’ ref, forgive me) have been really popular the past few years. But this shade of grey from NARS is far superior. Storm Bird is a shark grey that is on the nails 100% true to the color you see in the bottle. I love the glossy finish and how beautifully it goes on the nails. This color is definitely going in to a regular rotation this fall. A+ polish. What do you think?

New NARS Limited Edition Palettes & Brush Set

This new NARS New Wave palette makes my heart skip a beat. I saw it when I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Francois Nars a few months and it is just gorgeous. It’s bold, in your face and just a bit R Rated… that’s due to the shimmering chartreuse shade that makes up half of the duo by the same name. I wasn’t able to pick it up then but luckily the stars aligned and now I can! This new palette features bold and iconic shades from NARS while the other palette includes six of their top-selling shades.

Here’s what’s in the New Wave palette:

  • Pandora – Sheer white shimmer
  • Jolie Poupée – Vibrant violet
  • Rated R – Shimmering chartreuse
  • Outremer – Bright true blue
  • Pandora – Matte black
  • Daphne – Matte deep violet

Keep reading for more on the other palette and brush set…

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Icy and Cool Eyes with NARS Vent Glacé Duo Eyeshadow

What I wouldn’t give for some Vent Glacé right about now. Leave it to NARS to expand our understanding of the French language — Vent Glacé translates to “icy wind.” In fact, all of NARS Fall 2012 collection has us longing for cool fall temps so badly. Autumn Leaves Lipstick, anyone? While we’re still months away from meteorological icy winds, we’ll happily take the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Vent Glacé in the interim.  A duo of platinum and silver smoke, Vent Glacé is neutral with the NARS twist. The twist in this instance is the green undertones. The platinum is a frosty pale silvery green and the silver smoke is an interesting sage khaki.

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How to Wear NARS Undress Me Multiple

NARS Fall 2012 has landed, officially. One of the items we were most looking forward to seeing is Undress Me Multiple. It’s so demure looking, and the name only reinforces that for me. The biggest question I had was, how similar will this be to NARS Luxor? I love that Multiple infinitely, and I really wasn’t looking for another icy pink. And the good news is that Undress Me couldn’t be more different. Luxor is a smooth, pale iridescent pink and Undress Me is a ballerina pink with silver glitter. I almost pick up a slight lavender hue in Undress Me as well. I actually love the base color — it reminds me of the Lined Luster Scarf I snagged on sale at Anthropologie a few weeks ago!
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Meeting THE Francois Nars at Nordstrom

Me and THE Francois Nars
Me and THE Francois Nars

Last February I was standing backstage at the New York Armory covering the Marc Jacobs show during New York Fashion Week. At the time I was working for Nordstrom and we were bouncing from show to show, we attended 26 shows that week. It was an amazing experience but one of the highlights of that week was backstage with the NARS team for that show. When we arrived, we found out the call time was moved up so all the models were already finished but we stuck around to learn about the look. At one point, I walked past THE Francois Nars and smiled at him then proceeded to silently freak out… I had walked past him and he smiled back! I met quite a few amazing makeup artists that week but seeing Francois Nars took the cake. If Sookie Stackhouse was around to read my thoughts, all she would get was “Oh my God, Oh my God”.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. I’m in Nordstrom’s Bellevue Square store and it’s packed. There are two rows of customers getting their makeup done and I’m checking in to be one of them. NARS brought in its best and brightest makeup artists for the event, among them Janice Daoud and Jake Broullard. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them before and if you’re a regular at Nordstrom Trend Shows, you might know them too. As part of the event, NARS fans who purchased one of the NARS books would have a chance to meet Francois. Special event products were also on sale the occasion, including two limited edition eyeshadow palettes and the Modern Kabuki brush set that was available during the holidays.

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NARS Undress Me Multiple for Fall 2012

High on my list of must-see beauty items for fall is NARS Undress Me Multiple (hint…appears to already be available for on Nordstrom.com right now!) I love the versatility and wear of NARS Multiples and the allure of a new shade makes it so hard to resist! Billed as a pale pink with icy silver shimmer, I’m hoping for a deeper version of NARS Luxor. Undress Me was used during the Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week 3.1 Phillip Lim show earlier this year. Refinery29 has a slideshow of the beauty look that gives some insight into how Undress Me will look on the skin. Check it out here!

Orange Eyeshadow Rules Summer with NARS Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow

Yes, you can wear orange eyeshadow. Technically, it’s more of an apricot, but regardless, NARS Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow proves that orange is not only wearable, but flattering, too. In fact, the apricot strip in NARS Ramatuelle almost comes across as a warm brown on the eyes. But more interesting than your typical neutral. That’s actually how we’d describe Ramatuelle overall — a step up from your typical neutral eyeshadows, but still soft and accessible. And bonus points to me…I found a scarf to match this trio perfectly (Zara).

The icy blue, champagne shimmer and apricot don’t seem to go together at first glance. But wearing all three shades together is magical, and simple. Champange on the lid (or all over), apricot in the crease and the icy blue on the inner corner. I actually like to take my favorite brush for detail work and drag the icy blue under the low lash line a bit. Paired with a swipe of black eyeliner on the waterline (NARS Larger than Life Via Venota, for example), eyes pop like out of your head!

I find NARS duos and trios a fun challenge. How can I go outside of the usual a bit and wear the colors of the season? This is by far the most wearable trio from NARS. The shadows are smooth and pigmented. And it’s even mama-approved. For Mother’s Day, I did my mom’s makeup and she was hesitant when I flashed Ramatuelle at her. But she looked gorgeous and glowy thanks to that icy blue on the inner corners!

What do you think? Are you feeling Ramatuelle? Hesitant to wear orange eyeshadow? I’m actually wearing it in this picture…betcha thought it was brown!

Just Another Mani Monday: NARS Trouville

If you can peel your eyes away from the gorgeous brights of the NARS Thakoon nail polish collab, you’ll see this demure seashell pink just chilling in the NARS Summer color collection. The best word to describe this shade is pretty, no? The color itself is familiar, a soft pink, but I love its place in the overall summer story from NARS.

NARS Summer 2012 Campaign Image with a peek of Trouville

The look for NARS Summer, as seen on Ginta Lapina, is so wearable. You can see Trouville peeking out slightly on her nails, and I think it contributes to a soft, glowy look for summer. Here’s the makeup breakdown:

  • To begin, St. Moritz Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ was applied to the center of the face with the fingertips and blended outward, then set with Eden Loose Powder to create an immaculate complexion.
  • To lend the skin a light bronzed look, Laguna Bronzer was dusted onto the face in the shape of a ‘3’, starting at the forehead, swept on to the cheek, and then along the jawline. The apples of the cheeks were warmed with Liberté Blush and the face further defined by softly dusting Taos Blush along the hairline.
  • A mixture of the silver and icy peach shades of Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow were brushed onto the lid and blended up into the crease. The apricot shade of the Trio was added in to the crease, with the silver shade swept along the lower lash line.
  • The upper and lower lids were lined with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner.
  • After curling the lashes with an eyelash curler, two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara were brushed on to the lashes.
  • Finally, the lips were lined and filled with Borneo Lip Liner Pencil—blending with a finger to soften the color. Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick was applied, then topped with Risky Business Lip Gloss for shine.

What do you think? Loving the look? Is Trouville a hit or miss for you?

The Coolest Chick on the Block is NARS Marie-Galante

The coolest girl around town right now is definitely NARS Marie-Galante, new from the brand’s summer 2012 collection. She’s definitely shaking things up in my makeup bag. Normally, iridescence isn’t really my thing, but in the case of Marie-Galante, the iridescent orchid and regal blue just glow on the lid. I had a feeling this would be a dynamic duo, and it’s even better than I expected. The colors flash on the lids, and when layered, create this phenomenal hybrid shade.

Marie-Galante layered on the lid

Do you guys remember NARS Jolie Poupee? The orchid shade here is a similar tone to the pearly purple in Jolie Poupee, but much more sheer.  While some may turn their nose up at sheer, that’s the beauty of Marie-Galante (and really, the brilliance of Francois). One layer is barely there orchid sparkle. But build it up using a stiff, flat brush and after a few layers the lids are glistening. Layer it with the regal blue for a really customized look. The result is light and fresh, which is exactly what I want for summer.

Oh, and for those curious, I apply this shadow dry over a primer (NARS Smudgeproof Base to keep it in the family) and it wears beautifully. No fallout, but be sure to shake out the flat brush before patting on the lid. Pat, not sweep, so the color adheres. Let us know your thoughts on miss Marie-Galante! Have you seen her in person?