One of our favorite makeup brands here at Second City Style is NARS. So we get really excited when a new seasonal palette is launched. The NARS Spring 2012 Collection is a study in contrasts: Bold color underscored by sophisticated shimmer. Eyes are covered in muted tones of lavender and pink, or shimmer in bronze shades accented with rich navy. Cheeks are flushed with
candy pink. Lips pop with berry or topaz and metallic violet nails add the finishing touch to a collection that’s bright, strong and iconic.
Some of what you will find in this vibrant collection (pictured above):
DOUCE FRANCE: Named for the 1942 song by French singer-songwriter Charles Trenet. The Trio Eyeshadow features three gorgeous pink shades—shimmery icy pink, shimmery rose-petal pink and matte deep rose—that can be mixed to create a range of
looks, from delicate and innocent to bold and sophisticated. Wear each alone or use one as a base, another to highlight and the third as a liner or contour.
LHASA: One of the highest cities in the world, Lhasa is the home to many significant Tibetan Buddhist palaces. This shimmery lavender-gray single eyeshadow is absolutely stunning and the one I sampled. It’s my new favorite!
PARAMARIBO: The capital and largest city of Surinam, a tropical state in South America, was the inspiration for this Duo Eyeshadow, with its metallic shades of brass and bronze. Wear each alone, or use one as a base and the other as an accent or highlight for a richly burnished effect.
VALPARAÍSO: The Chilean city is becoming increasingly known as the country’s cultural capital. The rich raspberry Pure Matte Lipstick delivers long-wearing color with a comfortable finish. I adore this shade and was suprised how well it worked with my skintone. I thought I could not wear pink.
BILBAO: A smooth and super-conditioning Lipstick in a shimmering topaz named for the Basque region of Spain, which has been revitalized by the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum. This is one I samples as well. Initially I wasn’t sure I was going to like this subtle color, but once I gave it a try, I was hooked. I have been wearing it every day since then. Perfect for daytime.
Q&A WITH FRANÇOIS NARS
Why did you choose Ginta as the face of the Spring 2012 collection?
“I am constantly amazed by Ginta and how she completely transforms with makeup from the girl next door into an exotic
beauty. Of course, her complexion is flawless and her features striking—both great assets for a makeup artist. In this case, she just really embodied the radiant, sophisticated look we envisioned for spring.”
What’s unique about the collection?
“At first glance, all the pinks and shimmer can look very sweet and innocent, but actually there is a lot of bold and contrasting color—a gray-lavender eyeshadow, a navy blue Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, a hot pink lip color, for example—that make the collection edgier and more sophisticated than it may seem.”
What are the must-have products from the collection?
“I would say our Douce France Trio Eyeshadow, because it allows for many eye looks, as well as our Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil. I also love the Valparaíso Pure Matte Lipstick, a rich raspberry that looks absolutely delicious on the lips.”
Speaking of matte lipstick, it seems more like a cold-weather staple. How do you adapt it for spring?
“I never pay attention to rules like, ‘No matte makeup in warm weather.’ Matte is perfectly appropriate for spring, especially in a strong berry shade. In fact, it’s the perfect transitional color and texture to bridge winter and summer. If you have to
have shine, you can add a little gloss on top.”
There are a lot of shimmers and metallics in the Spring 2012 collection. Any tips on how to wear them?
“I’m not a big fan of rules, but if you are concerned about overdoing it, I would recommend keeping it to one feature: eyes, or cheeks, or nails. Wearing it everywhere can look a little too disco.”
Shop The NARS SPRING 2012 COLLECTION now available here, narscosmetics.com
NARS has also recently introduced a new makeup remover designed to effectively remove surface impurities, revealing a
refreshed, supple complexion. Boasting technically advanced formulas that are fragrance-free, dermatologist tested, and noncomedogenic, this amazing product contains cucumber, chamomile, and hyaluronic acid, all ingredients known to hydrate and soothe the skin.
Soap-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free, NARS Makeup Removing Water is a gentle, yet effective way to kick off your skincare
routine. The water formula easily sweeps away makeup and tones the skin, without having to rub. It left my skin feeling soft, soothed and refreshed. Simply saturate a cotton pad with the water and gently smooth over entire face and follow with your cleanser.
– Lauren Dimet Waters
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