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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
9 Top Tips from NARS Makeup Artists
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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