Monday, August 11, 2008

The Earthy Smoky Look of NARS

On the runways, makeup artists traded in the usual black for softer shades like brown, teal, and gray, for a rich, smoldering look that perfectly matches fall's edgy-classic fashions. Wear the trend with this tip from makeup artist Ayako (for NARS), who Sephora caught up with backstage during New York Fashion Week: "The look is a little prep school, with smudgy eyes, like she did her makeup the day before and slept in it," said Ayako.

For a smoldering combo of sultry browns, apply copper shadow to the lids, the inner corners, and at the base of the lower lash lines. Follow with a twig-tone shadow in the creases, blended up towards the brow bones using a smudge brush. Finish with mascara.

Use a nude pink blush to bring out bone structure, brushing the color just beneath the cheekbones. The low-key shade will give the face color, without overpowering the eyes. Highlight temples with a sheer, golden shade of blush or highlighter.

Prime lips with a vitamin-enriched lip treatment and line them with a nude liner, blending the color towards the center of the lips. Finish with a layer of gloss in a shiny shade of pinky-nude.


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