My local NARS counter just had an event, and I was lucky enough to have my makeup done by one of their national artists, Raphael. I LOVED what he did (seriously, I want to keep him in my guest room), so I wanted to share it with you.
The experience was almost like several mini makeovers in one, because at every stage I thought “oh I love that.”
Raphael started by asking me what I like and don’t like in terms of makeup. (It makes me so happy when artists do this). I told him I usually go for the light-natural-fresh look. I don’t want to be able to see my foundation, and because I have deepset eyes, I don’t like a dark color in my crease.
My skincare routine is already pretty robust, so Raphael started by applying NARS’ eye cream (under my eyes) and lightening cream (to the rest of my face, for an added glow under my foundation).
We talked while the skincare dried, then he applied NARS’ face primer with SPF, Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and Sheer Glow foundation (swatches here). Then Raphael gave me his “microwave” makeover — microwave because it’s quick and easy. He used the South Beach Multiple on lids, cheeks, and lips. Honestly, it looked great. There’s something very appealing about a monochromatic face, and it took him… a minute? to do.
We could have stopped there, but Raphael then added NARS’ Lengthening mascara. Dang! As you might expect, I now liked my look even more. I was surprised at how effortless Raphael’s mascara application was. Most artists (and me, when I’m putting on my own mascara) take such care to get really close to the roots of your lashes. Raphael applied it so effortlessly, and it looked fantastic.
Once again, we could have stopped there, but then Raphael tightlined with two pencils: first Black Moon (black), topped with Kaliste (teal). Stunning.
Next, Raphael used the blue-purple side of Nouveau Monde (swatches here) on my lids, and smudged the olive side along my lashline. The effect was beautiful — and I had been utterly mystified as to how to wear this eyeshadow duo.
Raphael smudged a bit more of the olive under my eyes, and finally it was too much. I told him, and he removed the last step. That was a good reminder, too — it’s up to us to give our makeup artists (and hairdressers) feedback.
It was a great makeover, and I feel I got several great new ideas out of it. I’ll definitely be making an appointment next time Raphael’s in town.