9 Top Tips from NARS Makeup Artists

I’m a bit of a Mecca Cosmetica fan girl.  I love their cult range, their brilliant product knowledge, their generosity of spirit, and the all around gorgeousness of the MUAs who work there.

I also love their commitment to knowledge and sharing the love, with fabulous master class events.  I was lucky enough to attend a NARS master class with Jane Richardson, International Lead Makeup Stylist for NARS.

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One of the things I love the most about attending an event like this is learning all the tips and tricks from fabulous makeup artists.  I also love the experience of having my makeup done and how someone else interprets my features, and what colours they choose.

I also love picking up the tips and tricks and makeup hacks!  I’ve got 9 top tips from NARS makeup artists to share with you.

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My skin was cleansed and prepped first, using NARS Skincare and Light Optimising Primer.  My face was made up with the new All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Siberia (light with neutral undertones).  20 shades with a radiant finish and full coverage wear.  My under eye area was concealed with Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey (warm peach for light to medium skintone).

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My skin was finished with Soft Velvet Loose Powder in Eden (yellow medium undertones).  My cheeks were defined with Highlighting Blush in Miss Liberty (soft shimmering peach) and my face contoured with Bronzing Powder in Laguna (brown with golden shimmer).

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The star of the show was the new Eye Paint.  Jane selected Mozambique, a rich olive shade, for my eyes.  It was pressed onto my eyelids up to the crease, then gently blended out upwards. Eyeshadow in Kamchatka, a navy smoke shade, was patted onto the centre of the eyelid and blended well.

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My lips were filled in with Audacious Lipstick in Olivia, a rich garnet, and outlined with Velvet Lip Liner in a complementary shade.  Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, a bright orange red, was applied as a highlighter on the lips.

My eyes were tightlined with a black eye liner, and Larger than Life Lengthening Mascara was applied to my lashes.  My brows were touched up with Brow Perfector.

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I like the juxtaposition of the natural skin and brows with bold lip and eyelid.  It’s a sophisticated look that focuses on playing up natural beauty as well as making the most of my eyes and lips.

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9 Top Tips from NARS Makeup Artists

  1. Once you’ve loaded your makeup brush with powder, push it into the palm of your hand (or the lid of your container) to work the product deep into the bristles.  Gives you a better application and reduces waste and mess.
  2. After you’ve applied your powder to the skin, press the palms of your hands against your skin to work the product into your skin and really set your makeup for long lasting wear.
  3. When applying a solid colour to the eyelids, apply the colour up to the eye crease. Then looking into the mirror with your eyes open, take the eyeshadow brush and gently draw a line above the crease.  Next, close your eyes and use a brush to blend the solid colour into the line you’ve drawn.  You might need a tiny bit more colour on your brush.  Finally, blend the colour to smooth the lines with a clean soft blending brush.
  4. Use another lipstick to, get this, highlight your lipstick! I’ve long applied a little sheer gloss to the centre of the bottom lip to create the look of a fuller lip, but this is genius.  I applied Audacious lipstick in Olivia to my lips, and then applied Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Street over the full centre of my lower lip and defined my cupid’s bow with the same colour.  A garnet red lipstick was highlighted with a bright orange red lip crayon.  It creates an amazing effect!
  5. Use a small densely packed brush to gently push a little setting powder under the eyes once you’ve applied concealer.  The small soft brush won’t ruin your concealer work but will set your concealer without creasing.
  6. Use the warmth of your hands and the agility of your fingers to apply foundation and really work it into your skin.  Finish with a buffing brush for airbrushed skin.
  7. Pat and press eyeshadow onto your eyelids rather than apply in a wiping motion.  It will deposit the colour where you want it and you will use less product to achieve the same look.  Use the wiping motion to blend out the edges or blend colours together.
  8. Look at the shape of your face before applying products like blush, highlighter and bronzer.  Applying blush on the apples of the cheeks doesn’t work for everyone – it drags my face downwards.  For example, I have high but small cheekbones so the best place for my blush is just a little in from the outer corner of my eye going upwards towards my ear.  That’s exactly on top of my cheekbones.  My highlighter is best applied with a small brush in much the same area.  My bronzer works best when applied directly under my cheekbone in a small elongated U shape.
  9. Tightline your eyes to make your lashes look fuller and more luscious. Tightlining is lining the inner rim of the upper eye, right under the lashes.  You can use a liquid liner pen, a brush and gel liner or just a black kohl pencil.

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  • Ingrid - 27 July 2015 - 3.22 pm

    Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness link up Kimba! Thank you so much for joining in and sharing these fabulous tips!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Huston - 27 July 2015 - 9.45 am

    This looks like it was a lot of fun, and she did an amazing job! I adore the shades she chose for you too, they definitely compliment you! I love the tips you shared as well, I’m definitely going to start trying these out. I’m a tad scared of tightlining as it sounds like it would be painful haha! xReplyCancel

  • […] one of the makeup tips for loose powder I learnt from my NARS Master Class is to push the powder into the brush rather than waste it by tapping the excess off.  Swirl the […]ReplyCancel

  • Deep Fried Fruit - Blog - 18 July 2015 - 11.03 pm

    I love reading tips about make-up. I’m not that great at it. Never been “taught” I guess … just self taught. So getting these handy tips is really a bonus
    Leanne @ Deep Fried FruitReplyCancel

  • Sarah Bluett - 17 July 2015 - 12.20 am

    Dude that eyeshadow is feirce! Quite a stunnin glook, especially paired with those lips 🙂 xxReplyCancel

  • Wendy from Beachstylemum - 15 July 2015 - 8.57 pm

    Thank you for the tightlining tips!! Never heard the term before but it sounds and looks amazing. Love your brows so much. xoxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 17 July 2015 - 1.44 pm

      PS – the brows? They’re sadly neglected but it kinda works for them! Ha xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 17 July 2015 - 1.42 pm

      Oh, it is the actual best, Wendy! It gives you the look of thicker lashes without having to layer up another couple of mascara coats. It’s a bit fiddly but once you’re used to it, you’ll love it!ReplyCancel

  • Alex - 15 July 2015 - 6.05 pm

    Great tips 🙂 The one with the hands I’ve been using for years, when I’m about done, I rub the palms of my hands together to create some more warmth and press them onto the make uped face.

    I can also recommend what you call tightlining, especially because it’s pretty much invisible but will enhance your lash line even if you don’t use mascara afterwards.

    Generally tho, I rarely do the whole procedure anymore 😉

    Have a nice day!

    Alex – Funky JungleReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 15 July 2015 - 7.07 pm

      I probably don’t need to wear makeup every day either – I just love it and am my own makeup dolly! Haha!

      The hands tip is so simple yet makes such a big difference to my skin. Amazing isn’t it! Yay for tightlining!ReplyCancel

  • merilyn - 15 July 2015 - 1.57 pm

    thankyou kim, great tips and you look lovely!
    love m:)XReplyCancel

  • Gill@ChampagneCartel - 15 July 2015 - 10.30 am

    FANTASTIC post thanks Kimba. Must’ve been totally amazing being at that masterclass. SO Jealous. Very useful list of the top tips. Thank you! xxx GReplyCancel

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life - 15 July 2015 - 7.18 am

    I love NARS products and even more so I love having my makeup applied by a MUA to learn new tips and tricks!

    NARS Orgasm blush is my go-to blush currently!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Styling - 15 July 2015 - 6.17 am

    Love the olive green eyeshadow paired with the red lip – it looks divine on you! These are some seriously awesome tips. You’ve inspired me to head to Mecca Cosmetica for my next cosmetic stock up. xReplyCancel

  • Sarah Souz Milbourn - 15 July 2015 - 3.00 am

    Great tips thanks Kimba! You look fabulous as always.ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn Louise - 14 July 2015 - 11.42 pm

    i adore that olive shade on your eyes!! I have never heard of tightlining! You really do learn something new every day. Might give it a go. Bron xReplyCancel

  • Vicki Thompson - 14 July 2015 - 10.32 pm

    Great tips from the Nars girls. I don’t wear eyeshadow often enough but I’ll be trying some of those tips!ReplyCancel

  • Iris May Style - 14 July 2015 - 9.01 pm

    Oh I love Nars…especially The Multiple in Orgasm, I use this as my blush most days,
    Fabulous post – I’m such a beautie junkie, so thanks for the fix! xxReplyCancel

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