Pretty much everyone who comes into a makeup store/boutique at some point states, “I just want it to look natural”. Well, girlfriend- how are you looking natural if you are just layering on the makeup? There is a solution! mixing products is the way to go. The back of your hand provides a perfect surface. For instance, the model shown looks absolutely flawless but not too “done”. Mix a bit of liquid illuminator (the newest duo from tarte I love!) with a bit of liquid foundation or BB cream and BAM! you have non-cakey glowing skin. for a bit of added glow, this model is sporting blush a bit lower under the apple of her cheeks (to elongate the face).
Added bonus to mixing? Its going to save you time! :)
Keep in mind that being a mix master does not apply to all products- mixing liquids with powders will sometimes leave you with an odd consistency. Loose powders or pigments can mix with cream shadows for added pizazz and color.
So lately I have been a bit smitten with creating different lip colors with a clear gloss and either one (or a mix) of eyeshadow/blush pigments. For instance, I loved the limited edition Quite Cute line from MAC, but I ran out of their original lipstick (titled after the line). So, I gently rubbed a disposable mascara wand against MUFE #92 and mixed it with “Triple X” by NARS. Depending on how much color I mix with the gloss, I can achieve a duplicate of “Quite Cute” without having to hunt it down on ebay or find a color closs by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (I was tempted!). This is an easy an economical way to achieve a vibrant lip! Also, if you mix a cream shadow with the gloss you get a more pigmented lip color. Options are limitless!
François Nars en el Makeup para Marc Jacobs
I love the concept behind this look!
NYFW Beauty Trends: Creatures of the Wind Fall 2012. Wow Dewy skin and glossy eyes…
To go with the “element of parallel existences – the real world versus the fairy world” at Creatures of the Wind Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, NARS Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer paired dewy skin with glossy eyes.
“You can’t use enough moisturiser – it’s dewy and really radiant,” said James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry. “The eye should be defined in its shape but worn-in with its effect. As if you can see the eyelid through it, which we get from the gloss.”
• Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ Eyes
• Cayenne Single Eyeshadow
• Mambo Eyeliner Pencil
• Bengali Single Eyeshadow
• Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow
• Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow Lips
• Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lip Gloss (new for Spring 2012)
• Triple X Lip Gloss All products are available at narscosmetics.com.
Images: Courtesy of NARS.
Love the glossy eyes, a look I will be trying on my models very soon :)
Thakoon - Backstage - Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
I came across these black and white photos featuring Jessica Stam- I was searching for makeup looks that were photographed in black and white because it shows the contrast of light very literally. Recently, in a NARS workshop, I learned to imagine the makeup look that you are creating as a black and white photo, that way, it easier to adjust contouring. I love the NARS approach, the representative made me think alot about how makeup reads through photography…and how that can help with regards to makeup application.
YES YES YES
Spring has arrived and brings with it a variable of sights and sounds that gets us in the mood for adventure. What better way to embrace the festivities than to immerse yourself in the brilliant hues that are sure to give you a fresh yet seductive look. Verdant Equinox is your guide to the popular products from brands like Urban Decay, NARS and Two Faced which focus on natural and neutral shades with plenty of shimmer, and some fun bath items from Lush that will leave you looking and feeling great.
The above trio of images comes from Illamasqua’s latest collection, entitled Human Fundamentalism. The following quote that accompanies the array of bold eyeshadows, lipsticks and nail varnishes is one that I feel is a sentiment echoed by what Carny Style is all about:
Human Fundamentalism is an explosion of your alter ego. It’s becoming who you are and not who you’re told to be. Beauty isn’t conformity, but the fundamental human desire to express your inner self on the outside. To rise above mainstream limitations and exist in a world where individuality is received with celebration not derision, and breaking the mould is a sign of strength not instability. We stand for freedom of expression, embracing our glorious imperfections and showing the world we’re not ordinary but extraordinary, even if society refuses to accept it. We’re beyond conformity. Beyond control. Beyond hiding who we really are. We are not a religion, but the singular opposite. We are Illamasqua.
Get ready for a startling celebration of humanity’s connection with colour. Introducing the Human Fundamentalism collection, where blinding flashes of pigment provide a sharp contrast to neutral tones, creating a saturated palette that catapults your alter ego to new levels of self-expression. Mix contrasting textures to express your true self, spiraling from rich metallic to pale matte shades. This is nonconformity at its most fundamental. At its unpredictable best.
this is gorgeous!
New Nars Look
Meeting Mr. François Nars
One of my makeup junkie dreams came true a few days ago. This past Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. François Nars. He made an appearance at Nordstrom Bellevue to sign his books Makeup Your Mind Express and X-Ray or the Nagauta Kabuki Brush Set. Although François was there for over two hours. There were about forty artists —regional and national, providing makeovers all day. It was a huge event!
I chose the Nagauta Kabuki Brush Set. Nagautas (long song) were performed in Kabuki theater —thank you to my sister for the information on this! I have been wanting most of these brushes for a while, but had never pulled the trigger. I figured I had to have them now that François Nars himself would be able to sign the box himself! In case you are wondering, his favorite brushes in this set are Botan (the big buffer brush) and Yachiyo (blush brush).
From left to right: Botan Brush, Ita Brush, Yachiyo Brush, Kabuki Lip Brush and Kabuki Eye Brush.
The three face brushes are available for individual sale, the lip and eye brushes are somewhat exclusive to the set. You may remember a mini version of the kabuki eye brush included in the Hanamichi Eye Shadow Palette. As for the kabuki lip brush, it can also be found in the Lip Bento Box from 2 years ago — the one that had only two colors. I did not get the mini lip bento box from last year with three mini colors, although I suspect the brush might be identical or a mini version.
I also was able to get a makeover with Chris Mays a Nars National Artist Trainer. I ended up buying another tinted moisturizer in a lighter shade—I had been matched right after vacationing in Hawaii and since there is not much sun in Seattle my tan faded, Maria-Galante duo which I had skipped from Summer, concealer stick in Cacao for contouring, Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Coeur Sucré, Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in St. Marks Place and Small Dome Eye Brush N°12.
I was gifted the Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eyes palette as a gift with purchase.
I leave you with a very unflattering picture of me… but at least it is with Mr. Nars!
I hope you enjoyed the post! I definitely had a blast meeting François Nars, he is extremely nice and personable.
i pretty much spend an hour of my time daily on this display. impossible to keep clean!
omg have you seen this? HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?!!
so when i got to work yesterday, there were about 100 big boxes in the back to do fall updates. Of course, my first question was “did the NARS update get here?”……and yes, it did. I was embarassingly excited about this, but for an obvious reason. There is a new “multiple”, a new blush pallette, a larger than life gloss that is one of my favorite tones, a new blush that is called “outlaw” and a trio shadow pallette with a matte green, a shimmery lilac, and a neutral violet. ahhhhhhhh.
Also, a lipstick called “autumn leaves”. yes. yes. I think so far my favorite thing to play with (with the time I have had) is the new multiple- for different skin tones, i would definitely use it in different ways. For those with fair skin- its a perfect angelic and luminous light pink that could be used as a blush. For medium complexions, I would definitely use it as an illuminator, above the blush, and right between the cupids bow. For deeper skin tones, I would use it as an eyeshadow base or as a light pink neutral lip.
I made an entire face chart with the “foreplay” blush palette. Seriously, you can use it as shadow, blush, lip color- (it has gold, matte bright pink, orgasm, and a deeper rose-y tone).
more to come. I might have to use the whole collection asap. and by “might” i mean definitely.