When I first saw the Adult Swim collection, I thought it looked bright, vivid, and tropically colorful.  I completely neglected the fact that makeup is meant for exploration and there is beauty in mixing textures and products to create something new.

before
before

When I walked in to my recent NARS appointment at Bluemercury, Aisha and I greeted each other with a hug and she asked what I had in mind for the day.  I quickly told her I planned to bring Baalbek Eye Paint home with me so I would love if she used that in a look.  But once again, Aisha had a bigger and better plan (Remember the mind-blowing mint?  Aisha is the artist that introduced me to Habanera which created one of your favorite posts to date).  This time she wanted to demonstrate a different take on brights.

getting a tan with Vientiene
getting a tan with Vientiane

We decided to go with simple and clean looking skin, an ultra tan and glowy complexion, and a colorful smoky eye.  Aisha used a lot of the new releases from NARS including Matte Multiples, Illuminator, Malacca and Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo.  Placing the eyeshadows over Eye Paint and Larger Than Life Eyeliner gave them a smoky appearance that I gravitate toward.

a closeup of glowing skin, a colorful eye, and pink lips
a closeup of glowing skin, a colorful eye, and pink lips

It’s amazing what a creamy base can do under a powder product.  Or how lips can go from a soft pink lipstick to a full MLBB pout with liner and lip gloss added.

wearing NARS Summer 2014
wearing NARS Summer 2014

At the very end of my session, I laughed when Aisha said…”We need more glow.”  It was the perfect finishing touch!

While I am not accustomed to using bright greens and purples, they took on a surprising effect.  While the eye look is intense close up under my…erm…intense studio lights, I couldn’t believe how chic and stunning the entire look appeared under regular lighting.

the finished look with the beautiful Aisha Alves
the finished look with the beautiful Aisha Alves

I feel like there is a moral to this story:  Don’t judge a Tropical Princess by her color.  (Or any product for that matter.)

To see my original take on NARS Summer 2014, take a look here.  One collection, two very different looks!

 

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