Thursday
Oct022014

Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

I recently used an eyeshadow from this collection on a client who wanted a somewhat natural, yet glamorous look. I started with one of my favorite colors in the line, Himalia. It’s a shimmering topaz color and in my opinion, the most versatile and easy to wear color in the bunch.  The eyeshadow can be worn wet or dry. The dry application creates a more sheer finish while the wet application transforms the color for a dramatic, luminous look. When applying this dry or wet (but especially wet) I recommend using a synthetic brush to really pack on the color. Nars sells one to go with the eyeshadows but there are many other brands that sell cheaper versions, like Sigma or Crown brushes.

I love shimmering eyeshadows, but you need to be careful with anything too frosty as it tends not to photograph well and is not the most flattering on mature skin and eyes. I like these Dual Intensity Eyeshadows because they are more of a shine than a frost and can be controlled by method of application (wet or dry).

 For the look I created I used Himalia as a base, starting out with a dry brush and gradually adding on the color with a wet brush. I concentrated the color on the lid and used matte tones in Slate by Bobbi Brown for the crease and Brown Script by MAC to blend out the color. I love using Brown Script to brighten and lift any eye treatment. It’s definitely a staple in my kit! It looks very orange/red in the pan but if you use sparingly and blend well in the crease it can really help to open the eye and create a polished and blended look. I also smudged out the navy eyeliner into the corners and slightly up to the outer crease for some extra depth and drama. And lastly, you can wet a smaller synthetic brush and smudge Himalaya on the lower lash line for a pretty, sultry look that isn’t too overdone

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