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Weekly Must-Have: Nars The Multiple Matte

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Nars’ The Multiple, the creamy multipurpose lip, cheek and eye color stick has been a staple in makeup bags for years (Orgasm, the peachy-pink shimmer, is a universal absolute must). But their newest launch, The Multiple Matte is nothing short of brilliant. Not everyone is looking for a shimmery shade to glide on their face, welcome The Multiple Matte, the same great multipurpose stick in matte formula with 7 sun kissed shades to choose from.

I tried Vientiane, a bronze hue that offers the perfect pop of golden glow in a cream formula. Like its name suggests, the multiple can be used for a variety of features – eyes, lips, cheeks – and applied in a variety of ways – from tube to skin, with a shadow or blush brush, with fingers. You really can’t go wrong. Spot apply to areas that you desire color or, do as I did, and use this shade as the perfect wet bronzer over the entirety of your face…

Here’s how I used it: Josie Maran, model and owner of Josie Maran Cosmetics, once told me to apply bronzer in the shape of a 3 and a reverse 3 on the other side. Essentially, this gets the bronzer to hit the areas of your face that look the most natural – top of forehead, hair line, below the cheekbone, jaw line and bottom of chin. This is also an excellent reference for how to highlight. Read the entire interview here. I use this method religiously. So, I drew a 3 and a reverse 3 with Vientiane, then, with clean fingers, I blended the cream up and out — toward my hair. The result: a perfectly sun kissed visage. No shimmer, no shine, but tons of glow appeal.

I had dinner with a friend the night I wore it and she commented on how healthy my skin looked. I graciously accepted the compliment and stayed mum on the reason…. but to you, my readers, I’m offering up my favorite new glowing-skin-secret! Enjoy.

PRICE TAG: $39 (buy here)

Spring Collection: Nars

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Collection: Nars Spring 2012

Products Used:
Gaiety Blush
Douce France Eyeshadow Trio
Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in St. Mark’s Place $23.00 (from Holiday 2011 Collection)
Bilbao Lipstick

How To: I started by applying the Gaiety Blush – a poppy pink – to my cheeks to create  a light, bright pop of color. This same shade was seen all over the Spring runway (Thakoon had the pink cheek). I love a good trio for the eyes – it takes the guessing out of application. The lightest shade – in this case, a fleshy pink – goes from lash line to brow bone. The middle – or medium shade – in this case, a pale pink – goes over the entire lid. The crease shade is always the darkest shadow. In this trio, it’s a deep pink/ berry hue. I applied to the crease and brushed it down over the outer part of my eyelid for a cleaner eye (not as smoky or dramatic). I used the Eyeliner in a vibrant purple shade on the outer corners of my eyes – top lash line and lower lash line, from the outer corner to about 1/3 of the way in – to create a a colorful juxtaposition. The purple really pops against the pinkish/ berry shadows. On lips, I used Bilbao lipstick, a flesh-hued matte with subtle shimmer. The color was too  pale so I gently (very gently) brushed the eye liner back and forth on my lips for a hint of purple. To see how Mandy Koon Spring FW used the shadow trio and lipstick, click here.

Did You Know: To make the eyeliner softer and easier to apply, rub the tip between your hands. This will heat it up so that the pencil glides on lash line effortlessly. For extra drama, apply the darkest shade from the trio under your lower lash line. This will define the eyes and give a more smoky feel. If your lips feel too matte, use something like Aquaphor (my fav!) over the lipstick (not under as the color slides off too quickly if you use a moisture humectant before the lipstick).

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

Holiday Collection: Nars

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Collection: Holiday 2011

Products Used:
The Multiple in G-Spot ($39.00)
Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio (Black with red pearls / Black with purple pearls / Black with gunmetal shimmer($45.00)
Heat Wave Lipstick in Joyous Red (amber red) ($24.00)
Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush ($27.00)
Duo Eyeshadow in Mandchorie (Golden-infused denim/ Rich navy) ($33.00)

How To: After foundation I swept Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush over cheeks, eyes (as a base), and a bit on forehead and chin. I used the Golden-infused denim – a grey hue – from the eyeshadow duo on the lid of my eyes. This appeared extremely dark so I used my finger to smoke outwards. I followed this with the Black with Red Pearls shadow – a deep black with cranberry specks – from the Arabian Nights Trio. I applied only in the crease, swept out for a smoky eye, and finished with a thin line of shadow under my lower lash line (for more of the smoky effect). I used the pencil just on my top lash line for a metallic silver pop. On cheeks, I applied The Multiple in G-Spot, a fab flush blush, and dabbed with finger around the apples. For lips, I used the Joyous Red, a semi-matte amber shade. When they call it “full bodied,” they’re not kidding. The color was a bit too overpowering so I blotted to make it more of a stain.

Did You Know: The shadows and liner are highly pigmented so I suggest starting light and layering for a darker look. If you end up with too much color, blot eyelids with a tissue – same way that you’d blot your lips… never rub! Rubbing causes wrinkles.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.


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A primer is a must in the makeup regimen. Every good makeup artist will tell you that the primer is the first step to a successful makeup application – it locks in color, allows makeup to last hours longer and evens out skintone for a flawless canvas from which to paint.

For a quick recap on how to use a primer, click here. It’s a must read!

Well, ladies, it’s been years in the making but Nars has finally launched their Pro Prime Primer and… it’s fantastic! It comes in two formulas – the PRO-PRIME Pore Refining Primer and the PRO-PRIME Multi-Protect Primer SPF 30 and the makeup artists – and their celebrity clients – are going gaga over the product.

I tried the Pore Refining Primer and loved how it kept my makeup in place sans the shine, yet it didn’t make me break out or irritate my skin. It’s oil-free (which I love) and  it didn’t have that waxy, silicone feel that so many quality primers seem to have. In fact, it felt infinitely lighter. The consistency was a bit liquidy, but once rubbed into the skin it absorbed easily and the makeup applied without a problem.

Here’s the word on the street regarding Nars’ latest and greatest product:

“It was perfect to achieve a smooth and flawless finish and perfectly matte skin,” said makeup artist Fabiola, on the primer she used for Mila Kunis’ look at the Cosmopolitan’s Fun, Fearless Female Of The Year  event in NYC (the honor of which was given to Mila!)

“ I am a huge fan of the Pore-Refining Primer and love using this before a big event or red carpet,” said Monika Blunder about the primer she used on Amanda Seyfried at the LA premiere of Red Riding Hood. “Pores instantly look smaller and skin looks more matte. When I apply foundation over the primer, it just glides on and make up stays on for hours.”

“I use this primer because it’s an amazing lightweight primer that creates a silky, smooth, nourished surface,” said KC Fee, who used the product on Kate Mara at the 2011 SAG Awards. “The added bonus is the SPF which is perfect for daytime red carpet events. It’s become my go-to primer.”

“This multi tasking primer soothes skin and provides a lightweight and creamy texture. The SPF is perfect for on-the-go and the formula smoothes lines for an immaculate finish,” said NARS artist Jenny Smith who used the new primer on JULIA STILES for her attendance at Cynthia Rowley’s Fall 2011 show during New York Fashion Week.

Stock up before they sell out!

PRICE TAG: $32.00
available exclusively at www.sephora.com


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The mood for the NARS Holiday 2010 Collection is audaciously bold. Just as in the Fall 2010 campaign, François Nars once again explores the many facets of his versatile muse Daphne Guinness. Her smoldering, cobalt-rimmed eyes, platinum hair and peach-glazed cheeks are captured not once, but in multiple kaleidoscopic images. According to François, “when you have Daphne Guinness for a campaign model, you just let her be who she is.  Daphne fits the brand so well – she has such a modern approach to fashion and beauty.”


Here is the collection:

OKINAWA TRIO EYESHADOW, $45 – The first trio eyeshadow for the brand is a striking triad of black onyx, silver and cobalt blue

ETRUSQUE SINGLE EYESHADOW, $23 – An antique gold hue reminiscent of Etruscan cast bronze art

MELUSINE DUO EYESHADOW, $32 – An ultra-modern union of rich purple orchid and silver-spun lilac

SEX APPEAL BLUSH, $26 – A soft peach blush, perfect for foolproof contouring

PETIT MONSTRE LIPSTICK, $24 – A luxurious berry pigment with a satin finish

LITTLE DARLING LIPSTICK, $24 – A classic, nude beige with a sheer finish

DOWNTOWN  LIP GLOSS, $24 – A metallic-pink lavender lip gloss that vibrates with party-perfect iridescence

BOUGAINVILLE LIP GLOSS, $24 – A sensual pomegranate lip gloss that appears deep in pigment but sheer on the lips

POKERFACE NAIL POLISH, $16 – A vibrant, magnetic, purple orchid

BAD INFLUENCE NAIL POLISH, $16 – A smoky taupe nail polish that is a unique yet universal hue

Available now at www.narscosmetics.com


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Probably the most highly anticipated show of the season, definitely when it comes to hair and makeup, is that of Marc Jacobs…. faces by Francois Nars of Nars Cosmetics. He always does something very non-traditional, most likely unwearable, but a work of art none-the-less.

This year was no exception. The trend here was glossy green eyes and deep matte lips. Here are the deets:

LOOK & INSPIRATION: “The look is very reminiscent of Angelica Houston in the 70s-the bleached brows and the deep eyes,” said François Nars. “I wanted them to look like iconic models from the 70s with a modern approach. Marc had images of what he wanted the makeup to look like – mimicking the colors of the clothing but not matching exactly.”


-Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (NEW for 2011-for now try a light application of Nars Sheer Glow Foundation)
-Nars Orgasm Blush

-Nars Night Porter Eyeshadow
-Nars Nouveau Monde Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for 2011-for now try the olive side of Earth Angel Duo Eyeshadow)
-Nars Celebrate Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (New for 2011-for now try the green side of Rated R Duo Eyeshadow)
-Nars Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara

-Nars Volga Pure Matte Lipstick (now on counters exclusively at Saks!)
-Nars African Queen Lip Liner Pencil
-Nars Mambo Eyeliner Pencil

Nars Introduces Pure Matte

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Just in time for fashion week AND award season, Nars is launching their Pure Matte line of lippies. They were used on Sunday night at the Emmys: Both Kerri Russel and Lea Michele wore Pure Matte on the red carpet.

“A matte lip is very modern, whether nude or deeply pigmented. Try a color close to your skin tone for a universally flattering look. Pair darker hues with a fresh complexion and little makeup. But, always choose a formula that has hydrating ingredients to condition lips.” -François Nars, Founder & Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics

“Over 15 years ago, François Nars created a collection of 12 perfectly edited lipsticks. Nars’ passion for lipstick never wavered. Now comes Pure Matte Lipstick– the newest addition to the NARS lip category. Pure Matte’s luxuriously rich texture glides on effortlessly, without drag, cakiness or resistance. Defying the traditional challenge of long-wearing lipsticks, it won’t dry out lips. Rich in antioxidants, including Vitamin E and Acai Oil, as well as containing Wild Mango Butter, Pure Matte nourishes and conditions lips.”


Volga (Deep Aubergine)
Bangkok (Soft Rose)
Tonkin (Cinnamon Plum)
Terre De Feu (Black Cherry)
Tashkent (Nude Beige)
Vesuvio (Full Bodied Red).

Launching September 1 at Saks!

PRICE TAG: $25.00


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Free FALLing! Nars’ fall 2010 campaign pays homage to the face of Daphne Guinness. To hype up the collection, Founder & Creative Director François Nars photographed the futuristic makeup look “in a kaleidoscope of mirrors, creating a virtual funhouse of reflective images.” He even named a bold and bright pigmented purple shadow after his muse. The Nars Daphne Eyeshadow is the mainstay color for fall.

Here’s the campaign:

I hope women aren’t confined to trends and take the change of seasons as
a chance to experiment! This season, there are so many great bold hues for
women to try—vibrant reds, deep brown, fresh blues. Mix the shades and
textures and don’t forget to have fun!
” — Francois Nars

Here’s the collection:

Douceur. Fr.: Sweet, gentle, delicate. NARS Douceur Blush: A soft pink-brown
hue that lightly imparts a honeyed brown kiss of innocence on cheeks. Unique
to the Fall 2010 collection, the powder is lightly etched with the NARS logo.
Use to contour from the apple of the cheek upward; warm forehead, jaw
line and nose.

Daphne – Style icon. Designer. Model. Heiress of haute couture. Named after Daphne
Guinness herself—François Nars’ inimitable muse—this hypnotizing matte,
deep-violet single eyeshadow exudes excitement. Apply liberally across the lid
up to the brow, blending outward. Head-turning.

Mangrove – The magnificence of this tropical tree, captured in the softest, mellow yellow
laced with lime. Richly pigmented and crease-resistant, use this single
eyeshadow to highlight the inner corner of the eye, as a bright base shade for
the lid or to diffuse a deeper shade by sweeping it into the bridge.

Grooving in the Grove—Miami’s magical neighborhood on Biscayne Bay—has
attracted musicians, artists, and writers for decades. Dense, dramatic, and
daring, this dark chocolate-cum-taupe confection increases depth on the lid
and doubles as a lash liner when used wet.

Rouge Basque – Inspired by the inside cover of a book from the famed French countryside,
François Nars envisioned the quintessential red from the Basque region. The
result is lipstick with a luminous satin finish. It is as deeply pigmented as the
region’s history and as bold as the wine for which the area is known. Pair with
NARS pencils, or apply with a NARS lip brush.

Strawberry Fields – Imagine juicy, mouthwatering strawberries, just picked. Then delight in the
serious, yet sexy shine of this bright pink confection. Worn alone or over NARS
lip products, the gloss’ Vitamin-E enriched formula seals in moisture. Lips feel
supple and hydrated.

Palladium- Once the NYC hot-spot, characterized by glamour, glitz, and decadence. This
sparkling turquoise soft touch shadow pencil rocks with all the vibrancy and sex
appeal of its namesake. Layer it with other NARS eye products—or go it alone—
to line, accent, highlight or illuminate unforgettable eyes.

Tzarine – Love, sex and power. Russia’s empresses had it all. Inspired by royalty, the
eyeshadow duo pairs the majesty of platinum gold infused with silver reflections
with a bold, steel grey. Swipe and shadow along the upper lid or smudge along
the lower. Positively regal.

Rajasthan – Sacred temples and scorching deserts. Bengalese tigers and Bagaru prints.
India’s largest state fascinates and tantalizes. Like its namesake, the Rajasthan
Eyeshadow duo is an exotic palette, playing glazed almond against cool
charcoal. Worn solo, blended or layered, the look signals drama.

And you can go to facebook.com/narscosmetics to read a Q&A with Ms. Daphne!

Here’s a sneak peak:

How would you best wear a bold color, such as the NARS Daphne Eyeshadow?
I love the color. As I am a painter, I am able to integrate it into a palette of what I am wearing that day.

What’s your attitude towards makeup? What does makeup mean to you? Does it have the power to change people?
Historically, people have thought that makeup had the power to change people and I would agree: Take the theatre or the opera for example, or Boudicca, Cleopatra, Japanese rituals, Egyptian primitive tribal makeup or even drag queens or the cinema….

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