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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!