Monday, 19 August 2013

NARS Makeover at Holt Renfrew: Smokey Eye and Subtle Berry Lip

Hey, everybody! Last Friday I had the chance to attend a beauty event at the NARS counter at Holt Renfrew. NARS is one of my favourite brands, so I jumped at the opportunity! Who doesn't want a little pampering and beautification after a long week of work? :)

I didn't bring my camera to the event, but I was so happy with the end result that I snapped a bunch of shots after I got home:


The look that the makeup artist created for me was all about healthy, glowing skin, a smokey eye, and sheer berry lips. After treating my skin with a few of NARS' moisturizing, brightening skin care products (my face really felt heavenly! See full list of products used below), she started crafting a bold, yet wearable smokey eye look. 

The star of this look was the versatile Voulez Vous Cheek & Eye Palette (exclusive to Holt Renfrew, the Bay, and Nordstrom, I believe). It features 4 shades of eye shadow (Molokai, Antananarivo, Rangoun, and Lhasa) that coordinate perfectly for a not so typical shimmery, neutral smokey eye. She amped things up by applying Soft Touch Shaow Pencil in Aigle Noir along the upper lash line and in the crease and not being shy with the black eyeliner, both liquid and pencil. She finished things off with two coats of lengthening mascara and voila! A perfect subtle smokey eye.


Here's a close-up of the finished eye look:


To contrast the bolder eye, the makeup artist opted for fresh, glowy skin. She used Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville topped with pressed powder and warmed up with NARS' famous bronzer, Laguna. For blush, she swept Deep Throat (my favourite blush ever, also featured in the Voulez Vous palette) on the apples of my cheeks, blended upward and highlighted my cheekbones with the dreamy, ethereal Albatross Highlighting Blush.

For the lips, she pulled out the Baiser de Feu Lip Set, which contains three perfect rich, berry shades for fall. We decided to keep the texture sheer, so she applied Sheer Lipstick in Damage (a rosy raspberry shade that leaves a glaze of colour on the lips) and topped it with a shimmery, sheer mulberry gloss, Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Como. Then the look was complete!

Here are a couple more shots of the final look, followed by a full breakdown of what the NARS makeup artist used to create it :



Skin Care
Makeup Removing Water
Multi-Action Hydrating Toner
Total Replenishing Eye Cream
Luminous Moisture Cream
Optimal Brightening Concentrate

Complexion
Oil-Free Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer
Sheer Glow in Deauville
Stick Concealer (unsure which shade)
Pressed Powder (unsure which shade)
Bronzing Powder in Laguna
Powder Blush in Deep Throat
Highlighting Blush in Albatross

Eyes
Brow Perfector in Salzbourg
Smudge-Proof Eye Shadow Base
Mix of Shadows from the Voulez Vous Palette
Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Aigle Noir
Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates
Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto (waterlines)
Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara in Black

Lips
Sheer Lipstick in Damage
Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Como



Overall, I was super pleased with how my makeover turned out! Being a cosmetics fiend myself, I can be a bit of a control freak when it comes to other people doing my makeup. Although I always enjoy being pampered, chatting with the makeup artist, and trying out new goodies, I often find myself wincing, thinking "this isn't how I  would do it". But in this case, my inner control freak could totally relax. She did an incredible job! This is a look that I'm definitely going to emulate next time I have a night out :)

Have any of you been to fun makeup events lately? Favourite NARS products at the moment?

Thanks for reading! :)



56 comments:

  1. I have never tried a Nars product and I'm really curios about the Sheer glow foundation, and your face make up looks amazing xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Maricruz! Sheer Glow really is lovely, though a bit rich for my oily skin :)

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  2. Love the blush and cheeks here. What a fabulous look here. Definitely a look I'd like to try!

    Jenna ♥ ♥
    Northernbeauty85.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! NARS Deep Throat is my favourite blush ever! xo

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  3. I love this makeup look! It compliments you so lovely :)

    Debra Bros Blog

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  4. You do your make up so well! I love this look, so subtle but really pretty. Your eyes look fabulous and love that lip colour, it really suits you.

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    1. Thanks, Izzy- but I can't take credit for this one! This was done by a NARS makeup artist at a recent beauty event. Was so happy with it :)

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  5. I love it, you look absolutely stunning :)

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  6. That looks so nice, really beautiful x

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  7. That's a great lip colour, so lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I'm loving the lip shades she chose- perfect for Fall :)

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  8. What a fantastic make over! I love it and you look freaking gorgeous my lady! The fish tail braid suits you phenomenal too :).

    xx
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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Gita! I was so happy with how it turned out :)

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  9. I'm loving the glow of your skin with this look, so pretty! There isn't a Nars counter in my hometown anywhere and I'm a little wary about buying online without trying the colours first but I am desperate to try out Laguna and Orgasm as I have heard so many good things about them!
    Becs x
    miscriant.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Becky! Laguna and Orgasm are both totally worth checking out :)

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  10. Wow this looks absolutely beautiful, I love the eyeshadow and your glowy skin!


    Holly Mixtures
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Holly! The makeup artist did a wonderful job :)

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  11. what an perfect makeup!
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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I was really happy with how it turned out :)

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  12. Your skin looks flawless and your makeup is very natural..
    I love how it all looks with the fishtail braid :)

    x

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    1. Thanks so much! Was really happy with the makeup and thanks for the kind words about my hair :)

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  13. Oh waw your eyes are just beautifully done here! Very, very pretty! I'll try and do this look myself, I love how it shapes your eyes. I know how it feels to be too fussy when getting makeup done since we're so used to being around makeup ourselves. Recently had an experience where I actually re-did part of my concealing.. Not so nice indeed!

    My NARS favorite at the moment is the And God Created The Woman palette. My mom got it for my birthday & I'm just in LOVE with the shades. Next to that, I'm quite in love with the Douceur blush too. It's perfect for my pale complexion.

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Isabelle! Yeah, I've had to re-do aspects of past makeovers, but not this one! I've seen that palette and it really is fantastic! xo

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  14. the look they created is so beautiful! i can never, ever ever get my eyeliner that thin. she's got some skill. and i really like nars, but im a MAC girl at heart ;)

    xo marlen
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    1. Thanks, Marlen! Yeah, she was super skilled! I'm such a sucker for NARS, but MAC was my first love :)

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  15. beautiful
    I invite you to visit my blog, you're very welcome <3
    www.derepentenaotemidade.com
    Super kiss and a great weekend .

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Will check out your blog soon for sure :)

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  16. oh this is such a great post! lovely blog darling:9

    xx

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  17. Beautiful! Nice blog by the way!

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  18. your make-up looks good :)

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  19. Amazing makeover! I am loving the neutral smokey eye look!

    Louise | Vanity Corner

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    1. Thanks, Louise! I was really happy with it :)

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  20. You look lovely! The make-up is super nice, and I also like your fishtail braid a lot.

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  21. beautiful make up! <3 you look fantastic!

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  22. You look really pretty..cool make up! Nars is the best!

    http://wilhelminascloset.blogspot.com
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much! NARS really is fantastic :)

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  23. so pretty! ^^

    http://alovelystyle.blogspot.com.es/

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  24. Love Nars!! sus sombras son alucinantes y son una magnifica inversión
    besitos
    Maia
    http://passionista034.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Maia! Isn't NARS great?! :)

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