NARS @ Thakoon S/S 2011

NARS @ Thakoon S/S 2011
NARS @ Thakoon S/S 2011

NARS @ Thakoon S/S 2011

INSPIRATION: “The clothes are light so I wanted the makeup to have a little more impact this time – as if the girls were beautiful, cool fairies,” said designer Thakoon. “I wanted the whole aura to feel like opening windows and letting in a breeze- fresh and romantic but tempered at the same time.”

LOOK: “Golden, but not tanned. As if the girls are glowing from within… with, of course, confidence,” said lead artist Diane Kendal.

Face

  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Spring 2011)
  • NARS PRO-PRIME Pore Refining Primer (Spring 2011)
  • NARS Laguna Bronzer
  • NARS Zen Blush
  • NARS Etrusque Single Eyeshadow (highlighted on cheeks (Holiday 2010)

Eyes

  • NARS Cordura Duo Eyeshadow
  • NARS Etrusque Single Eyeshadow (Spring 2011)
  • NARS Calanque Trio Eyeshadow (Spring 2011)
  • NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow
  • NARS Hollywood Land Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (Spring 2011l)

Lips

  • NARS Madere Pure Matte Lipstick (Spring 2011)
  • NARS Hopi Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (Spring 2011)

Hair

Didier Malige, Frédéric Fekkai’s lead stylist, was inspired to find the beauty in each model and created a light and tousled look with shape, for Thakoon’s Spring 2011 show. Didier started by applying the Fekkai Coiff™ Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel at the roots, combing it back, with his fingers, away from the face. He then applied Fekkai Coiff™ Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray to the middle and ends of the hair.  To finish the look, Didier teased the back of the hair to keep it light and create shape.

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Urban Decay Black Palette

Urban Decay Black Palette

The Black Palette is housed in a sleek, slim rectangular palette with a mirror on the inside cover; it’s made out of cardboard/paper as Urban Decay palettes often are, but it’s very compact.  The miniature Zero eyeliner is stowed away inside along the eyeshadows, while the miniature Eden primer potion is loose (which does ensure that this palette is thin).  It’s definitely a more travel-friendly palette than the Book of Shadows.

Quality-wise, these eyeshadows feel like most of Urban Decay’s regular eyeshadow line (not to be confused with their deluxe eyeshadow line, which has a slightly differing texture); they’re pretty smooth and pigmented.  These do feel a touch more powdery and kick up some eyeshadow if you’re not careful, so I do recommend tapping your brush against your wrist to get any excess shadow out–that way it doesn’t just poof and land on your under eye instead!  I don’t think they’re the best of the brand’s eyeshadows, but they’re solid overall.

I find this palette too redundant to be a must-have for most makeup mavens.  When applied to eyes as part of look, they really don’t standout; they all look black with a touch of varying glitter (but it is so subtle, it’s hard to notice until you look for it specifically).  I did a quick look using Cobra, Libertine, and Black Dog, and if I saw that, I’d say I used two eyeshadows (a shimmery black, nude highlighter); the difference is nearly imperceptible.

You can really get the same effect by using a black eyeshadow/base and layering a shimmery color shade on top– in fact, a ton of people do this with MAC Blacktrack as a base and you can get some really cool effects (try using a duochrome shade on top!).   You might even find that the color pops even more.  These are just too black, too flat.  The inclusion of Eden with this palette is interesting, because it makes these eyeshadows look flatter and even more similar to each other than other bases.  I did some experimenting using Eden, a shimmery white gold base, and colored bases; these eyeshadows look best over colored bases–you can get that blackened look without losing the color entirely.

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Look: Urban Decay Black Palette

Look:  Urban Decay Black Palette

Can you tell that I used four eyeshadows in this look?  If you can, you earn a merit badge for excellent, discerning sight!  Despite looking and even swatching relatively distinctively, when used, the eyeshadows look rather similar.  Just kind of looks like an all-black smoky eye to me!  Review to follow shortly.  This was a really quick look really just done to test out just how much color would show through when used in practice.

I added all that glitter to give this look more va-voom… it was just rather one-note beforehand.  I will say that Distortion over Deviant is stunning–more so in person as the glitter flashes.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Eden as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Cobra eyeshadow on the lower half of the lid and pat on horizontally.  Lightly blend Libertine eyeshadow on upper half of the lid, patting lightly, all the way across with the 239. Next, apply Black Dog eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Deviant liner on the lower lash line, then lightly pat on Distortion glitter liner on top. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara, and then use Distortion glitter liner brushed onto lashes.

For cheeks, apply Desert Rose blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Liquid Lurex lipstick first, and then layer Pink Poodle lipglass for a complementing lip.

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This Week’s Sales for September 13th, 2010

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This Week’s Sales for September 13th, 2010

  • Beauty.com: Get $10 off orders of $60+ whenever you click through THIS LINK. Free travel-size Blow Out hair spray with $25+ purchase of Blow products with this link. Buy 2 Frederic Fekkai Advanced products, receive free 1 oz. Glossing Cream with this link. Buy $30 of NARS and get a free travel size Lipgloss duo in Chihahua and Greek Holiday ($6 value) with THIS LINK.
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Win MAC Free to Be & Going Bananas Eyeshadows!

Win MAC Free to Be & Going Bananas Eyeshadows!

One (1) lucky winner will receive Free to Be and Going Bananas Eyeshadows from MAC’s Dare to Wear Collection! (Retail value $29.00!)

RULES: All entries must be submitted by September 19th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Congratulations to Catherine K.!