NARS Spring-Summer 2013Tuesday, May 01, 2012
According to Francois Nars, "there's no rule when it comes to beauty, so the idea of only wearing certain shades in certain seasons does not make sense Do what you want! If you want to wear a bright eye, wear it. If you want to mix cooler tones on a bronzed face, do so. Just enjoy it!"
I agree and while summer is fast diminishing, this modern spin on the sexy, futuristic glam of the 1970s which brings a cool, nonconformist color palette, could be a statement. The inspiration is a very sexy, very strong woman. Someone who knows what she wants and who isn’t afraid to be herself. Very ’70s, very glam—think Bianca Jagger dancing the night away at Studio 54.
Set off by a seductive, surreal glow, the look suggests a sophistication that’s polished yet punk. Bold colors dart from an outrageous flamingo pink lip to eyes that flirt in seafoam green, dandelion, and African violet. An electric orange nail color adds a striking finishing touch. The effect is edgy, glamorous, and undeniably modern. In other words, undeniably NARS.
Here are my top fashion-forward picks from the collection!
The audacious color pairing in this Duo Eyeshadow lives up to its rule-breaking moniker. Dandelion and African violet shades can be worn solo, paired with softer hues, or layered for a shocking effect.
According to Nars, the combination of the African violet and dandelion shades is riveting. Colors can be paired with neutral tones or worn together for eyes that really pop. By incorporating a few new fashion-forward shades like these into your existing makeup routine, you keep your look modern for the season.
French for Euphrates, the river in western Asia that empties into the Persian Gulf, this richly pigmented Single Eyeshadow—a frosted mint steel hue—allows for a range of stunning eye effects, from soft and sheer to intense and fashion-forward.
This seafoam green eyeliner is as colorful as the New York City West Village street for which it’s named.
You’ll go mad for this nail polish, with its shocking electric orange crush hue. As is always with Nars nail colors as you can see here.
On the lips, this iridescent lilac Velvet Matte Lip Pencil has a sweet, carefree quality about it. Wear alone or topped with gloss for a high-shine, shimmering pout. I swatched this together with the other lip pencils here
So NARS and I would never compromise on color. Some of these products were used in the seminar I attended last month with their global makeup artist but below are further tips on how to get the look!
Photographed by Nars in New York City, the Summer 2013 campaign features iconic model Stella Tennant in a fresh take on ’70s glam. Best known for her edgy, almost androgynous look, the British beauty was a perfect fit for the collection’s polished sophistication with a punk edge. The natural yet futuristic glamour echoes the luminous skin trend found on so many Spring/Summer 2013 runways, while channeling David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.
To achieve the campaign’s high-impact beauty look, Stella’s alabaster skin was made vibrant and luminous with NARSskin Light Optimizing Primer. Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30 was applied to the center of the face, then blended outward with fingertips.
Cheeks were highlighted in a wash of sheer color, with Puerto Vallarta Multiple patted on at the apples of the cheeks and out to the temples for a seductive glow. Next, Loose Light Reflecting Setting Powder was dusted all over the face to set makeup with a soft-matte, luminous finish.
An array of products helped create the campaign’s multidimensional, dramatic eye look. To prep, Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base was applied to the eyelid. Then, using the Eye Shader Brush, the African violet shade of Fashion Rebel Duo Eyeshadow was swept over the entire lid, extending the color to the inner and outer corners of the eye and up to the brow bone. For added intensity, the shade was then pressed along the lower lash line using the Angled Eye Shader Brush. A soft wash of Loose Powder across the eye area with the Yachiyo Brush served to blend and diffuse color.
Next the dandelion shade of Fashion Rebel was swept across the brow and extended out and up toward the temples. The upper lash line was defined with Atlantic Eyeliner Stylo. Lashes were finished with two coats of Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara.
Finally, attention was turned to the lips. Stella’s pout was filled in with Tolède Lipstick, then blended with a fingertip to soften the color. A swipe of Paris Follies Larger Than Life Lip Gloss added a high-shine finish and completed the glam look.
Source: Press Release