Last month I was fortunate enough to be invited along to the mecca of all beauty halls, Selfridges, to meet with NARS’ international lead makeup stylist Jane Richardson to talk all things complexion-based from foundations, concealers, powders and blush. One of my favourite aspects of makeup is mastering a flawless base whether you are after light and dewy or matte and sculpted to perfection and it was great to watch Jane is action and see how she uses theses familiar NARS products to give you a beautiful base to begin your look. The following morning I couldn’t wait to delve into my bagful of base products including a couple of cult classics and give my face a NARS makeover!
First things first – primer and foundation and for this I used the multi-protect primer (SPF30) and Sheer Glow foundation in Fiji. My oh my, I can certainly see what all the fuss is about with NARS Sheer Glow as it is just the most gorgeous product. Great coverage but not too heavy, fresh and dewy but not at all greasy. Apart from the fact that it doesn’t have a pump it pretty much ticks all the boxes for me and gives your skin an incredible glowing quality with a buildable coverage. Jane opted to apply this foundation with her fingers working from the centre outwards and liked to also blend it over the eyelids to work as a primer for your eyeshadow.
Next up is a very much adored concealer from NARS – the radiant creamy concealer in the shade Custard. This coveted concealer is heavenly and covers a multitude of sins from dark circles to pesky blemishes. As the name suggests this makeup must-have is extremely creamy, light-weight and luminous to help create a smooth, perfected complexion with some skin-loving properties to boot. I set my foundation with the new light reflecting setting powder which helps “skin shine through makeup” and gives your look a natural, radiant finish by optimises the light reflection on your skin. It also regulates shine without leaving a trace of colour so is perfect for quick touch-ups during the day. To add some extra lit-from-within radiance to my skin I brought out the big guns and reached for the infamous Multiple in Copacabana and placed this creamy highlighter along my brow and cheek bones, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow. Lightweight, sheer yet shimmering, Copacabana is such a pretty pearly-champagne highlighter which gives your skin a beautiful glow.
With the base done it was time to contour and blush the cheeks so I reached for possibly the most adored bronzer on the beauty market ever(!) – NARS Laguna. Diffused with golden shimmer to give your skin an all-over warmth and glow, Laguna is perfect to contour or give you a sun-kissed radiance with a natural finish. And as if I didn’t have enough stuff on my face already, I topped off my NARS complexion with a dusting of Luster Blush which is described as a sheer golden apricot powder and is silky and lovely to apply, giving your cheeks a gorgeous peachy sheen and shimmer. Peachy perfection!
So that’s my NARS face done and I have to say that I can concur with every cult classic mentioned whilst discovering a few, lesser-raved about items such as Luster blush which is just beautiful. What are your favourite NARS base products?