NARS Shadows In My Kit

I’ve been totally revamping my kit this season – purging what’s old and bringing in some fresh colors and all the best formulas that I know perform like crazy. I was lacking a few basics (I’m ditching the Naked palette- loved the colors but I’m having a hard time getting the intensity I need) so I looked to NARS to fill in those gaps. This is the first time I’ve bought NARS shadows even though I know their pigment is legendary. After swatching too many colors in Sephora, I landed on Lola Lola (a medium copper brown with shimmer), Brousse Duo (perfect neutral plums), and Cairo (a not quite plum and not quite beige shade that I know I’ll use a ton.)



They’re so soft and blend in beautifully, I can’t wait to put them to use.

Backstage With NARS at Thakoon; New York Fashion Week 2010

I had the pleasure of seeing Diane Kendal (well known Makeup artist) at work backstage at this exact same show when I covered Fashion Week last year. What I discovered was that you can always count on Thakoon and NARS for cranking out a beautiful, wearable look from head to toe – they’re a great duo. This was one of my favorite makeup looks from the shows last week that I’ve seen, you can probably see why.

Flawless bronzy skin and minimal chic makeup – right up my alley

Diane at work

Much of the makeup will be out for either this holiday or next spring but I included a breakdown of the look with the colors anyway so you’ll know what to look for once they’re released.


-NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (released spring 2011)

-NARS PRO-PRIME Pore Refining Primer (released spring 2011)

-NARS Laguna Bronzer

-NARS Zen Blush

-NARS Etrusque Single Eyeshadow highlighted on cheeks (released holiday 2010)


-NARS Cordura Duo Eyeshadow

-NARS Etrusque Single Eyeshadow (released spring 2011)

-NARS Calanque Trio Eyeshadow (released spring 2011)

-NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow

-NARS Hollywood Land Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (released spring 2011)


-NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick (released spring 2011)

-NARS Hopi Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (released spring 2011)

You’ll find NARS at Sephora right HERE

Style Me Pretty Shoot in Denver

A few weeks ago I was part of something really exciting. You see, I’m a Makeup Artist who does a ton of weddings and I was chosen by the mega wedding site, Style Me Pretty to be one of their select vendors which is a pretty big deal since they hand pick all of their wedding vendors and recommend us to the throngs of brides who read their site religiously. Even if you aren’t planning a wedding, the site is a serious time trap where you can click around and just look at photos all day. It’s huge.

So on Style Me Pretty (SMP) they have what they call ‘inspiration boards,’ which are basically an array of photos using all aspects of a wedding from the dress to flowers and beyond that highlight a color palette, pattern, and theme. I teamed up with a group of fellow SMP wedding vendors in Denver to loosely re-create one of their inspiration boards- adding our own details and twists.

The shoot was captured beautifully by Colorado photographer James Christianson. You can see the full team responsible for every detail, along with the rest of the photos from the shoot here.

For our purposes though, let’s talk makeup. Our bride was gorgeous first of all which made my job easier. Her skin was beautiful, and it was fair. Really fair actually, which is the most difficult skin to work on because the makeup looks amplified against such a light palette and can easily go from subtle to waaay overboard in a snap. What I’ve learned over the years is to layer the color little by little and use smaller brushes to keep the color contained to the precise area you want. You can always add more, but muting color that’s too dark presents more of a challenge.

Since it’s against the laws of fashion to create a natural look on a stunning girl wearing a Vera Wang gown, I opted for eyes that said ‘sophisticated glamour’ which is the big sister to ‘smokey’ I suppose. It packs the same punch but looks more dressy and polished. I used hints of silver, with charcoal and neutral browns for her shadows and lined using black liner.

For her lashes, I used one of my favorite ones by Ardell, their 120 set that works on girls with larger eyes who already have a good amount of lashes so they aren’t overpowering and it doesn’t look like she’s auditioning for a drag show. They’re surprisingly subtle, especially after I curled her lashes into them and applied a few coats of mascara.

We were at the Daniel’s & Fisher building in Denver, which we call the Clocktower. The backside of the clock’s faces served as interior walls for one spacious floor in the building and throughout the day the sun’s light that passed through it changed the clock’s face into shades of white and buttery yellow. It served as a unique and romantic backdrop that played perfectly into our black and white palette.

Think pink. Using beige and neutrals wouldn’t give the pop that pink did for her lips and cheeks. Contrasting her coloring allowed for her features to really stand out. I’m using my go-to cheek brush here, NARS Yachiyo which I love for laying down the right amount of color and blending it in to perfection.

Thank you again to everyone who perfectly executed every detail of this shoot. It was a day that reminded me why I love my job.

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NARS Orgasm Illuminator

From what I hear, everyone is going crazy over Orgasm Illuminator, the latest spin-off of NARS Cosmetics best selling Orgasm blush. Molly Sims wore it recently to the ‘Unforgettable Evening’ event to benefit EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

I like showing the photo as an example of what it looks like on the skin because an illuminator it isn’t a product that you want to see directly on the face like a liner or shadow, it just enhances the skin making it look better. Where her skin looks more sunny and luminous is where it was applied. You can pat a little on the tops of cheekbones, on the brow bones, over the cupid’s bow of the lip, and the middle of the chin. If you aren’t oily, a little down the bridge of the nose and forehead like Sims is wearing, also helps to light up the face.

Highlighters are a makeup artist’s best friend. Once you understand how to use one, you’ll see a lift and glow to your skin so healthy and youthful you’ll be addicted too. It’s a look you can not create using foundation alone and a worthwhile accessory product to have on hand.

$29, Sold exclusively at Sephora and

NARS Orgasm Illuminator

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The Return of Eye Shadow at Derek Lam by NARS

Remember when I said eyeshadow was back in a big way? Here’s further proof taken backstage at the Derek Lam show at Fashion Week New York. NARS provided a step by step recipe should you choose to re-create the color-rich look.

What do you think of fall’s latest shadowy trend?


· Blend NARS Sheer Glow Foundation with a foundation brush into skin

· Set with NARS Loose Powder

· Buff skin with NARS Kabuki Artisan Boton Brush for a porcelain doll effect


· Using the emerald side of NARS Misfit Duo Eyeshadow and NARS Eye Shader brush, drag the shadow along the lower lash line straight across until just past the outer corner

· Dust the violet side of NARS Jolie Poupee Duo Eyeshadow on the eyelids; use the darker side in the crease and fade into the temple joining the emerald green from Misfit

· Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with NARS Bains Douche Glitter Pencil (NEW for Spring 2010), making the connection between the purple and green

· After curling lashes with NARS Eyelash Curler, apply three coats of NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara on the top and bottom lashes

· Dust the burnt orange side of NARS Mediteranee Duo Eyeshadow along the brow bone


· Fill in the lips lightly with NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, dotting the lips with your fingers to blend it in

· Outline the lips with NARS Easy Lover Lip Gloss (NEW for Spring 2010) to create a plush-looking, glassy pout


· Apply NARS Nico Blush to give a subtle hint of highlighting

· Dust Desire Blush in round, circular movements onto the apples of the cheeks

· Finish with NARS Taj Mahal Blush, blending it in with the pink cheeks and up towards the temples

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Backstage Beauty with Thakoon Fall 09′ Get the Look with NARS

NARS Cosmetics was backstage creating the makeup look at Thakoon. Below is information on the look and attached is an image and face chart for your reference. Please let me know if you have any questions.

SHOW: Thakoon

LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics

TREND: Smoky eyes

Inspiration: The collection took inspiration from the 1940’s, reflecting the surrealist images of photographer Lee Miller. Combined with a bit of 80’s rock and roll glam, makeup artist Diane Kendal created a strong look without being too girly.

Look: “The look is all about the eyes with soft matte lips for contrast,” said Diane Kendal. To bring strength to the face, Diane focused on creating smoky eyes and full brows, while downplaying the lips and keeping skin fresh with a light brushing of blush for a healthy glow.

Below is a step-by-step to recreate the look:


· Use NARSskin Hydrating Moisture Cream to moisturize entire face
· Apply NARS Concealer as needed, to cover any imperfections
· Use a minimal amount of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (NEW for Fall 2009)
· Lightly stroke NARS Blush in Gilda on the apples of the cheeks


· Use NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Mambo to line upper lashes and crease
· Blend over entire lid and up to brows, keeping dense color by lashline
· With Mambo, line lower lashes and gently blend
· Use NARS Single Eyeshadow in Bali to fill in brows
· Draw a very thin line on upper lashes with NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Black (NEW for Fall 2009)
· Curl lashes with NARS Eyelash Curler


· Apply NARS Lip Therapy Treatment in Rain to entire lip
· Lightly pat a small amount of NARS Concealer over Rain to take down color

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