phew – FINALLY caught up on my looks!
so today’s inspiration for the FOTD: STRESS. so when i’m stressed out, i have this horrible habit of picking my lips. for someone who LOVES a strong, matte lip…this is probably the single worst affliction, because this ultimately means any lipstick will look a bit gross on flaky lips.
so i turned to the NARS Larger Than Life Lipgloss in NORMA today. now i’m normally a jelly-lipgloss gal, i don’t fare too well with glosses that are more opaque. but there is such a healthy dose of pigment to these, that i would say this is more like a glossy Lipstick as far as coverage.
now, the first thing you’ll notice about this product: the wand is itty-bitty.
at first, i was scratching my head at this, but after using it…i totally get why. the small brush allows you to get the PRECISION when you apply this. because it’s more like a glossy lipstick in opacity, the tiny brush allows you to really define the lips in a very defined way to get a really beautiful, polished look.
final look (sorry, my photo taking was SO shaky today)
slowly catching up: yesterday’s look.
i’m not one to be matchy-matchy, but sometimes it works. (it also works when you’re getting dressed at 5am and trying to pack your makeup look at the same time….ah, the perils of going to yoga before work)
my logic for this one was simple: i had a chambray shirt. therefore, i did chambray-ish eyes. (it even SOUNDS dumb….cringe). in any case, i used NARS Eyesahdow Duo in Underworld. this is one of the classic “smokey eye” duos — it’s a very true Grey palette, both dark and light. no undertones (not too cold or warm) — JUST grey.
catching up on all my #2011MUC FOTDs! this one was from last Friday.
tried the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Tokyo…a really subtle “everyday” kind of palette, for someone who doesn’t necessarily want to wear brown neutrals all the time.
really wanted to try a strong, dark lippee (and scare all the suits in midtown, muahaha). i pulled out the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, but felt it might be a little too “bleu” for me…so i warmed it up by putting Lip Liner Pencil in Borneo all over the lips before applying.
it’s no little secret that Daphne Guinness and Francois Nars are homies. while i was in a NARS training last week, i saw this gorgeous photo he snapped of her for his iconic 15×15 book:
and of course, he created this iconic Nars Single Eyeshadow shade in DAPHNE, exclusively after her. it’s a stunning purple/blue MATTE shadow.
the texture is very matte and the color is highly pigmented. you can layer it on for a really concentrated finish, but it also sheers out nicely. just a suggestion: if you’re planning to work it around the lid, avoid using the base on the bottom, otherwise it will anchor too quickly and won’t be able to move.
on the lips: Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Como. more on the product later, but in short: it’s a gloss that packs a lot of pigment punch! almost like a glossy lipstick.
every brand has their cult items. naturally, NARS is known for Orgasm everything (blush, lipgloss, nail polish, Multiple). but that’s not the only thing that’s a cult item.
behold: NARS Lipstick in Schiap. the website describes it as “shocking matte pink”. no doubt about it…it is. again, because this is a semi-matte formula, it is FAR more comfortable on the lips than other versions of this shade i’ve tried. simply amazing!
on the rest of the face:
- NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kilimanjaro: a GREAT wearable alternative to doing a stark, harsh WHITE on the lids. particularly great for my yellow-undertoned skin
- NARS Highlighting Blush in Miss Liberty: since the lip was so strong, i didn’t want to have too much color on the cheek, just a bit of highlighted lift
- NARS Sheer Matte Foundation: don’t let the name fool you — this is NOT your momma’s matte foundation. it’s actually VERY comfortable, super sheer and it provide a particularly great canvas foundation, especially when you want to play with highlighting and different textures on the rest of your features
this was actually yesterday’s FOTD…unfortunately my day completely escaped me!
inspiration: i was wearing skinny black pants + a B&W striped top + loafers, so i wanted to channel a very classic look. i kept the eye very nude with a black liner on the bottom, contoured blush cheeks…with NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red.
this Lip color is literally my new EVERYTHING. not only is the pigment really rich with a semi-matte finish, it’s really the FORMULA that makes it fantastic. most straight-up matte lipsticks dry out my lips like you wouldn’t believe. but because this is semi-matte, you still all the gorgeous appearance of matte, but without the harsh stripping of your lips.
since i’m usually such a liner person, i figured i’d try a “softer” look to go with my taupey top, and (gasp) NO eyeliner.
←NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Star Sailor
i am really loving the NARS Duo Eyeshadows. sometimes you look at the shade combinations and wonder if they’ll go together, but invariably they ALWAYS do in a very unexpected, genius way. Star Sailor is described as a “heather gold/antique bronze” combo on the website. pretty accurate – when applied, the gold was “golder” than expected, the bronze was a luxurious rich brown shade with a subtle metallic — nothing gaudy or housewife-y.
←NARS Blush in Douceur
i’m usually a peach-tone blush kinda gal, so i’m trying to step out of my comfort zone. Douceur Blush is described as a pink brown. it provides a really lovely “contoured” cheek look, with the slightest hint of color, so you don’t look completely nuded.
←NARS Lipstick in Joyous Red
even though the site describes this as an “amber red”, i would say it reads almost Terracotta on the lips (or at least my lips). i think the best way to describe this shade: an incredibly easy, wearable red. it’s red/orange/pink all mixed in one — definitely a shade you could probably wear every day without looking over-done. it gives just that little extra flushed pigment to your lips in a natural way.
On my way to the L2 Innovation Forum this morning, so no time for a full-on FOTD…
But because I’m heading to a conference. I’m feeling very business casual. I have a lovely knee-length, high-neck, 3/4 sleeve, demure black dress. Naturally, a graphic cat-eye was necessary.
You know I loves me a liquid liner. The NARS Eyeliner Stylo is no exception. There’s a rich black pigment, and it’s exceptionally precise.
Normally when I do a graphic liner, though, I’ll marry it with a strong lip, too. (go hard or go home, I always say). But seeing how I was going to be around a bunch of conference-goers, I didn’t want to scare the natives.
So I went with baby pinks on the cheeks and lip. Cheek is this new blush from Spring 2012, the lip is NARS Lipgloss in Angelika. Again, like all the other glosses, it looks far more aggressive in the tube than it does on the lips. The color is a stunning, subtle, uber-feminine pink.
looked at the weather this morning and saw that NYC would be hitting 70° today! in celebration of this awesome un-November-like weather, i decided to lighten things up in the makeup department.
pulled out NARS Duo Eyeshadow in South Pacific. i love a bright shade, and this beautiful palette had two: a true turquoise shimmer and a light powder blue shade.
i have to apologize about the photo – the lighting in my apt was not ideal this morning. for a better idea of the shade, probably best to check the NARS website.
the look was simple:
today’s final look:
last night, just as i was about to fall asleep, i got an email from my homegirl Miss Info, asking me if i wanted to join her tonight for the Jay-Z & Kanye Watch The Throne concert. my answer was simple: HELL ASS YES.
<img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1068" title=" on the streets of Manhattan on July 30, 2010 in New York City.” src=”http://seouldivadotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/jay-kanye-dinner.jpg?w=300″ alt=”" width=”300″ height=”207″ /> ←oh hi, boys.
so this morning, while browsing through my NARS products for my makeup look, i decided it would be appropriate to try on the Duo Eyeshadow in Paris:
personally, i never really think of the city of Paris as such an asphalt city (in my memory, it seems more golden to me), but this duo is pretty elegant and refined. the left is a sheer, lightly shimmered silver, to the right is a matte grey.
what was unexpected about this Duo, however, was the dark grey shade: it wasn’t a black/grey, but it was a gorgeous dark, taupey grey. the silver counterpart was also not too “white” or cold — they were perfect compliments.
i kept the rest of the look simple, with my new stable of “classics” from NARS: the Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto, Orgasm Blush and Easy Lover Lip Gloss.