Rain or Shine, I’m Hopelessly Addicted to NARS

January 23, 2010

It’s been pouring down rain and hail here for several days, but I signed up for a NARS event and was determined to go no matter what the weather conditions were.

My local Nordstrom hosted a 3 day NARS national artist event to launch the spring line and I was thrilled with the makeover results. I asked the makeup artist for a look that would either use the new Kuala Lumpur Eyeshadow Duo or if that didn’t work, I asked for ideas on how to use my Brousse Eyeshadow Duo with the new Ophelia Lipgloss.

We decided to try the new spring duo since she was smitten with it, but unfortunately it was just too warm for my skintone. It looked like a combination of MAC Melon Pigment + Starviolet Eyeshadow on my eyes. I loved the fact that she was so easy to work with and did not hesitate to take the eyeshadows off and start over again. This is what she ended up doing:

Skin Prep: Skin was cleansed with the Makeup Cleansing Oil (applied to dry skin) and wiped off with a water-sprayed cotton pad. She then used the Balancing Toning Lotion to tone the skin and applied the Potent EFA Cream, Nourishing Eye Cream, and Makeup Primer.

Foundation & Concealer: She used the South Beach Multiple on the cheeks and temples under foundation to give the skin a glow from within. Since I already use the Sheer Glow, I asked to try out the Sheer Matte, she picked out Sheer Matte in Santa Fe which seemed to be a good match. Red spots and dark circles were covered with the Custard/Ginger concealer duo mixed with Luxor Multiple for a luminous uplifting glow. The Powder Foundation in Deauville was buffed out on the skin.

Cheeks: For cheeks, I mentioned to her that I already had almost every single Nars Blush, so she of course asked which shades I did not have, and picked out Taj Mahal for me to try. I have to admit I was seriously freaked out when I saw it, but she applied it with a VERY soft touch followed by Desire and it gave THE PERFECT glowy peachy pink I have ever seen. The way she applied Taj Mahal was to take their Yachiyo Brush and dust it into the compact then she vigorously tapped off the excess. She applied it to the cheeks in a soft sweep and it gave a subtle candle-lit glow. She then used the same brush to apply Desire right over it.

Eyes: An interesting trick she showed me was to apply the Luxor Multiple with a concealer brush right above the brows to give an uplifting-effect. For the eyes, she started by lining the eyes with Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil and smudged it. Mekong Single Eyeshadow was then applied with a smudge brush right on top of the pencil and then blended upwards with a mixture of both sides from Brousse Eyeshadow Duo about 1/2 way up the lids. Next, she took the lighter side of Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo to go over all the shades as a blending and softening color with soft contour. For mascara, she used both of the new ones in black, starting with the Lengthening first, and then the Volumizing on top. It was an instant lash makeover.

Lips: For lips, she blotted the lips with Cafe Con Leche Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (which I have but is missing-in-action) and topped with an application of Belle du Jour Lipstick. The final touch was to add the new Ophelia Lipgloss.

Swatches L to R: Aigle Noir Pencil, Mekong Eyeshadow Single, Brousse Duo (both sides mixed), Kalahari (both sides mixed), South Beach Multiple, Luxor Multiple, Taj Mahal Blush, Desire Blush, Belle du Jour Lipstick, Ophelia Lipgloss

What I wore today to the makeover: White ruffle collared blouse from Banana Republic, Beige button coat from Banana Republic, Joes Jeans Petite Provocateur Fit.

Overall thoughts: I really loved the results and ended up purchasing the Eye Cream, Balancing Cleanser, Taj Mahal Blush, Ophelia Lipgloss and both mascaras. The EFA cream was a bit heavy for my skin, but from past makeover experiences I’ve had with NARS, I’ve found most of their moisturizers a bit too moisturizing for my skin, so it wasn’t surprising.

The number of products she used seemed like a lot, but the result was so pretty, I don’t think I’ll mind using everything again on numerous occasions in the future.

I absolutely LOVED both mascaras. They were both amazing and it was an instant lash-makeover with the application of both combined together. I’m not sure about the smudge-factor since it was raining heavily outside and my under-eye area was very moist from the EFA cream. I’ll be testing it out more in the next week and report back later about the results.

Most of the things I already owned from previous purchases. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Nars and events like these are inspiring to me to try out new combinations to get me out of that same-look rut I tend to get into during this time of year.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a makeover – I used to go to Chanel and Nars events on a monthly basis before for ideas and GWPs. But there’s nothing like a horrible MAC makeover to make you want to stop going to any event period. That being said, I have ALWAYS had great makeover results with Nars events. I highly recommend you get on your local counters call lists or ask about upcoming events. They are super fun and you can get tons of ideas on how to combine different colors.

I find that a makeover is more successful when you have a certain look you have in mind so the makeup artists has an idea of what you’re looking for. Simply saying “give me a natural look” isn’t much help, so I suggest being a bit more specific like say, “I like pink lips” or “can you show me how to use Brousse Eyeshadow Duo?” If you simply have no idea, that’s fine too – just give them something to work with. Something like saying, “I wear champagnes and browns on my eyes with peach lips all the time – I need something different” can help a ton.

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  • Love your coat, tres chic!!Nars is always a winner, desire looks gorgeousx

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for braving the rain and hail to attend the Nars event, and for giving us all the details. I've stopped grumbling that the Nars multiples aren't really multiple — thanks to your ideas I realize that the mini trio I recently picked up can be used in many creative ways.

  • The makeover look sounds gorgeous! And I love your jacket. πŸ™‚ The idea of layering an orange and pink blush sounds really interesting and I would never have thought of it. I'm definitely going to try it. πŸ˜€

  • Lovely post!!! I'm sure the effect was gorgeous!! Love the outfit too πŸ™‚
    I have been very interested in trying the NARS multiples but find that they are not long lasting when I swatch them— do you set them with a powder after use? I feel like it'll be gone in 5 min on me πŸ™
    I am very happy with the Brousse duo, the purple is so pigmented that I use it as an eyeliner with an angled brush.

  • This is really awesome! Thanks for the tips and step by step of what she actually did… I should look out whether there's such events where I live, as NARS isn't too common here. I'm getting more and more curious about NARS as day goes by! hahaha

  • Wow, Brousse seriously looks awesome!

  • I never would have thought to mix Taj Mahal and Desire but after seeing them swatched side by side on your arm, I bet they look outstanding together! She sounds like a great makeup artist! I should unearth my Kalahari duo…

    (I love my Joe's Petite Provocateur as well)!

  • Kiu

    I should try mixing a cream highlighter with my concealer now!

  • Oh Sab this was awesome! I'm always looking for new ways to utilize my NARS collection and since I have almost everything that was used on your eyes, I'm going to try this out tonight or tomorrow! I think I might also finally invest in some Multiples! It's been years since I had one!

  • Lakshmi – yes, I find Multiples make me look shiny if I don't apply them on top of my powder and then also set with a powder blush.

    SB – I would have never thought to even try Taj Mahal. I swiped it with my finger and almost died it looked frightening. You have to apply it with a SUPER light touch or else you get that clown-look. LOL! Love your blog!

    Joey – I loved your Kuala Lumpur post! I really wanted to love the duo and all the makeup artists gathered around to see it on me and liked it too, I just thought it was too pink. But I imagine it looks FAB on you!!!

  • The makeover sounds lovely! I may have to check out the Belle du jour lippie and Ophelia gloss. Also, I LOVE the outfit! Polished but not stuffy!

  • Nars is definitely my favorite line! I had my makeup done at a Nars counter a while back and loved the results.

  • Thank you ladies, you're so kind. I normally just throw on whatever fits these days for clothes, lol. I have a lot of greys/blacks and whites in my closet. I need to branch out into more color.

  • Love the outfit! And, yes! There's nothing like a clownish mac makeover to make you gunshy for ANY makeover!

  • Gorgeous outfit, as always – I really love your style!

  • Wow – your swatch of Desire is so, so pretty! I need to put that on my NARS wishlist too!

    Love the OOTD. πŸ˜€

  • Great breakdown! I always go to the Nars makeover events – I'm never disappointed either:) I totally emulated this look today as I have many of these items in my collection as well:) LOVE South Beach under foundation better than over it and tried the Luxor trick with the concealer brush too:)

  • The eye work sounds so pretty…! These colours would have looked lovely together!


  • Thanks Sab! =) the duo is incredibly reddish, but I love reds on my eyes. I'm not too sure many people do, though. I'm sure it looked great on you!

  • That sounds like a beautiful look, so glad you said about Kuala Lumpur being too warm as I was close to ordering this unseen today (settled on the single shadow and lipstick in the end)and know from your posts on MUA and on here that if something it too warm for you then its definitely too warm for me πŸ™‚

  • It sounds like a good time – I'm so jealous! =)

    I recently purchased and return Luxor multiple – it did nothing for me and I'm wondering if it's because of my skintone and would have had to use something a bit more darker. I am curious about Easy Lover gloss and the Kuala Lumpur duo. I heart NARS madly and I have had my share of bad makeover events (MAC) but I'd still would attend these events (MAC included) because I'm just that fanatical!

    Yay for Spring colors!! And for my skintone – Kuala Lumpur sounds just right for me.

  • em

    Lina I am loving the sound of this makeover! I've had good experiences with NARS in the past too where the artist has taken off something that wasn't quite right and was happy to start again. I need brousse don't I? It looks like the perfect duo xo