Given this mushy, grey New York spring we’re having, I couldn’t be more ready for a bronzed, hot summer. Lately I’ve been reaching for the NARS summer collection where I’m really loving the warm earth tones and shimmers as well as the complementary color purple, which has turned out to be one of the biggest makeup trends this season.
My favorites from the collection are the Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow (silver, icy peach, warm apricot), The Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (shimmering plum), Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (nude beige pink) and the Trouville Nail Polish (seashell pink). As you can tell from my picks from the collection, I am really loving a nude face with a flash of purple on the lids.
The Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow palette stands out as my favorite piece in the collection because the warm and cool tones and shimmer and matte texture, work so well together on the lids to create dimension. I use the silver on the inside of the lid and sweep the icy peach all over, giving the entire lid a cool, shimmery nude finish. Then I apply the matte apricot on the outer corners of the lid which adds dimension, warmth and a subtle color and intensity to the look. And it pairs extremely well with the Calabria Shadow Pencil, which during the day, I use mainly as a liner to add an unexpected color contrast to the eye.
The blush in the collection looked better suited for an already bronze complexion so I didn’t try it on my still fairly pale skin. Instead I chose to finish the face using bronzing powder that I already had laying around.
The only piece in this collection I wasn’t so keen on was the Vendanges lipstick. The word, which means “harvest” or “vintage” in French is the perfect description of the actual color- a sheer wine grape lipstick. However, the color was so spot on, that when I applied it, it looked like I had just had a glass of burgundy- it’s the exact shade of red wine stain on the lips. On me- so not flattering and I’m guessing the sheer-purple could be a tough one to pull off for many. Instead, try Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Pencil for a nude finish (super chic), or blend with Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick to get that gorgeous sienna tone on the model.
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