Learning to Love Mint with NARS Habanera



Edit:  A video tutorial has since been posted to create the darker look.NARS Eyeshadow Duo HabaneraMint is a color I’ve always found pretty but also unwearable.  Until this fall I thought mint was for fair skinned girls with blue eyes.  Then, after an appointment with Aisha Alves of NARS, my opinion was forever changed.

NARS Habanera Eyeshadow Swatch

Lots and lots of mint all at once will always be a bit much.  But used subtly and mixed with the right shades (ahem…the other half of Habanera) it looks gorgeous and fresh.  And as with any color that causes hesitation, a little neutral or taupe in the crease can make all the difference.

With the purple side applied first and built up slightly at the crease and outer corners of the eyes, mint makes a nice sweep of color for a soft look.  I also like to take the purple under the lower lashes and a soft shimmering pink (NARS Alhambra) on the brow bone for balance.


A bolder look is created by deepening the outer corners with a black (NARS Aigle Noir) but leaving the middle bare.  The purple is used at the inner and outer corners and mint is placed right in the center of the lid.  A taupe works well in the crease (NARS Cairo) with shimmering pink on the browbone and inner corner (NARS Alhambra).  The lower lashline has mint in the center and purple at the outside with a black liner on the waterline.



Mint?  Totally wearable.  And now I have no idea why I thought it wouldn’t work.

What’s the last color that completely surprised you?

  • cpbebe

    wow! Super excited to see this, since I just acquired the Modern Love palette(which also has alhambra) and have been using a lot of the Habanera shade. Never thought to pair it with mint like that, can’t wait to try it. All my mint shadows get very little love, so this is a great new pairing idea. thanks

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      Don’t thank me, thank NARS ;) Isn’t it just gorgeous though? Modern Love looks beautiful and I bet Habanera is so pretty with neutrals. I must admit I often reach for duos/palettes and only pair those colors together. Never mix and match between. But I should dare to break them up and see what else I can create.

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    Oh Alison, I am in love with the bolder look! So stunning!

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      Thanks, Kristen! Do you ever wear mint?

  • http://beautyandtheeyeliner.wordpress.com/ Natalie

    These looks are beautiful! Its so nifty to mix the two shades to make the mint more wearable.

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      The purple side is super helpful in toning down the mint.

  • Sarah S.

    Very pretty, but it sort of just looks like a silvery gray, no? And silvers/grays are always gorgeous on brown eyes.

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      The mint coloring is definitely toned down in the softer look. But the more dramatic look shows of the full color, as does the look I linked when I reference the NARS appointment.

  • http://www.jennysuemakeup.com/ JennySue Makeup

    beautiful beautiful pairing of these two shades!!

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      Thanks JS <3 Do you have any favorite mint shades?

  • Jennifer Husmann

    “And as with any color that causes hesitation … can make all the difference.” Thanks, keep it coming!

    • http://10amBeauty.com/ Alison M

      My other favorite tip for “tricky” eyeshadows is to use a brown or espresso colored eyeliner. It seems to reign in the other colors.

  • http://www.subtledays.com/ Christina

    These are gorgeous on you, would love to see a video on the eyeshadow :) I’ve never used mint eyeshadow but now you’ve got me curious…

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