It’s not all that often that I do a runway-inspired makeup look that I really love, but this one’s a bit of an exception to the rule. Based on the makeup created by the NARS camp for the Joy Cioci AW12 presentation, here’s a look with camel brown lids, soft black liner, and super-sculpted cheeks.
Paired with semi-sheer nude lips and really well-defined (but not overfilled or overdrawn) brows, the NARS + Joy Cioci look is incredibly easy to wear – polished, but not too done-up.
It goes with any hairstyle, really, but I liked the casual, slightly messy hair at Joy Cioci. (Try letting your hair air-dry for this, and add soft curls or a thick partial French braid on one side of your hair to keep it out of the way.)
Read the full tutorial here on She Said Beauty.
Alright, so it’s a few days late, but here are a handful of Tokyo Future comparison swatches. I’ve been running about attending far more courses than is generally advisable in order to sort out my schedule, so I apologize for the artificial lighting – by the time I get home, the sun’s already set. (Incidentally, it is likely that this will continue for the remainder of the season. My pre-emptive apologies; looks like photo-taking is going to be reserved for the weekends!)
From my stash, I found that Digital Dragon (the shade I unexpectedly fell a bit in love with) had the most dupes out of this bunch – nothing perfect, and nothing quite as densely molten-metal, but the Ellis Faas 303 Light would give the same effect. Something like Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Solstice might be close, too; if not in shade than at least pigment density and finish.
Secret Samurai reminded me a bit of ULTA Mystique and MAC Satin Taupe, but it’s a bit darker than the former and lighter than the latter. It also has quite a bit more red in the base – I thought it leaned just slightly red, but when compared to other taupes, the difference is more obvious. If you find taupes tend to lean too yellow on you, don’t miss this one.
I didn’t even bother looking for Lost in Nishitama dupes (maybe, like, MAC Spicy Smoke?), and the closest I had to the semi-matte Shallow Depth was Annabelle Lagoon – limited edition a while back, though, and not as much of an intense, straight-up blue. Shallow Depth is the low-budget NARS Outremer, in my head, though I do think the FaceFront pigment is more muted; darker. Perhaps more similar to something like Inglot #388?
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Masques, sets, and BB creams… oh my!
And don’t miss: the new NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself book! I don’t actually have the first one (pictured below the widget), but I did check it out of the library ages ago – and, of course, just loved it. I mean, the clear product page? Absolutely brilliant!
ETA: a few photos of the first Makeup Your Mind, in case you didn’t quite get the whole “clear product page” thing. Very simple in practice, but more confusing to explain with just words :P
Alright, so I know that we don’t usually post about collection launches – but this is one of the exceptions, mmkay?
I’ve recently become fixated on the new NARS hilighter, New Order. With the cult-fave Albatross, it’s one of just two products listed on the NARS “Hilighting Blush Powder” page, but it sounds so very… blush-like! It’s listed as a soft pink with gold and silver shimmer, and because I haven’t seen any swatches yet, I really have no idea what effect it would give (though my guess is that it will look somewhat like a more finely-milled version of Lancome Glowy Ballerine).
In and of its own, I don’t actually think it’s that interesting – but I do think it’s a rather curious choice to be NARS’ only other hilighter. I would have expected something more a long the lines of a gold or a peach, first, though I suppose they do have quite a range of liquid and creme illuminators for that purpose.
P.S. Here’s the rest of the NARS Summer 2011 details:
- EYES: Trio Eyeshadow in Cap Ferrat, Duo Eyeshadow in Dogon and Exotic Dance, and Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Queen
- LIPS: Lipgloss in Wonder, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bolero, Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage, and Lipstick in Mayflower
- CHEEKS: Blush in New Order
- NAILS: Nail Lacquer in Écume and Kismet
The eye and nail products are all limited edition, the lip products are all permanent, and the hilighting blush is being introduced as a new permanent item.