Yesterday and today, NARS had an event at Neiman Marcus at Tysons Corner. Not just one, but two talented makeup artists joined Product Specialist Neilla Elrod to make us gorgeous. Kathy Shoreman (super SA) made sure I was one of the lucky gals with an appointment, so I went over with my friend Berry (you know, the pretty actress who tested Exuviance Age Reverse).
I lugged my camera over to Neiman Marcus, only to find I hadn't brought any memory for it (duh!), so Kathy took the photo at left with her iPhone. Shown at left are Istvan Hrichak and Magda Ogbe, both National Makeup Artists/Stylists.
The minute we met, Istvan said to me, "I know you!" It took him all of a minute to figure out that we had met about three years ago when he was at Saks Chevy Chase with Giorgio Armani Beauty. How about that! A kindred spirit - we talked people before makeup. Istvan joined NARS this year and is having a blast.
Magda showed me the go-go '70's look François NARS created for the Marc Jacobs show during New York Fashion Week. The glossy, glittery green eyes were created with Night Porter Eyeshadow (pearly dark emerald), Nouveau Monde Duo Eyeshadow, NARS Celebrate Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (new shade for spring 2011), Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara, and NARS Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil (if I got all that right). Patted with Vasoline to give it a dewy glow, it was dramatically smoky - gorgeous for anyone who can pull of such a dramatic eye.
I eagerly jumped into Istvan's chair. I arrived with a naked face, except for skin care, to give him a blank canvas with which to work. After deciding that a natural look was more my speed, despite my admiration for the deep green drama of the latest runway look, Istvan set to work with primers, concealers, and foundation. He used face and eye primers, a Vanilla/Honey Duo Concealer, and Sheer Glow Foundation in Gobi. I liked Sheer Glow, a satin-finish foundation that imparts a bit of a glow. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, the foundation leaves dry skin hydrated, more luminous, softer, and smoother. He mixed the already iconic NARS Orgasm Illuminator with my foundation, and then he patted extra illuminator on my cheekbones. I was glowing before my eyes, lips, and cheeks were done!
I loved the eye look he created. He used All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow on the lids. The two shades gave me more neutral color than you might expect from the photo at right. He followed with Ondine (Single Eyeshadow) in the crease. He also used a drop-dead gorgeous Cream Eyeshadow, Lili Marlene, as a liner. It's a dark slate color, not as light as it appears on the NARS Web site, and I loved it. He used it on my upper lash line and in the outer corner of my lower lash line. He gave my brows a little extra oomph with Bali Eyeshadow applied with a small brush. Naturally, he used Larger than Life Lengthening Mascara to finish my eyes.
On the lips? Given free reign to choose, Istvan selected Damage Lipstick, a beautiful mauve-pink - again so much prettier than the Web site make it look. He topped it with Stella Lip Gloss, a muted raspberry with a touch of peach. The combo was beautiful, and the effect was exactly the lip look I like. It had enough color to light up my face, but not so much that my lipstick would be the first thing anyone would notice.
What fun! I loved the look he created. I'm pretty picky about makeup - both color choices and application - and I was thrilled with my new look. I purchased all the shadows and lip colors, and I'll show you swatches if the sun ever returns.
Berry got a very different look, more dramatic than mine, but she's an actress. She can wear it! I am looking forward to wearing my new NARS colors. They are shades I might not have selected without trying first - the danger of doing so much online shopping. I hope to be able to swatch my colors from NARS Holiday 2010 this week - just as soon as the sun comes out while I'm near a camera.
You can purchase NARS color at the NARS Web site, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Beauty.com, and other locations. It's easy to find.
Photo at top by Kathy Shoreman; NARS photos courtesy of NARS; Fashion photo by Getty Images