I’m supercalifragilisticexpialidociously stoked that you decided to take the plunge and try red lips for the holidays. Just you wait! Before you know it, you’ll be raring to rock neon hot pink, sassy coral and heck, maybe even that crazy shade of purple on your Christmas list…
LOL! Sorry, I’m jumping ahead of myself again. I just get excited when my friends try something new. As for those red lips you’ve been eyeing, whether you opt for a sheer balm or leap in with a full-tilt matte, you’re gonna need a blush to go with ‘em, and I’d like to introduce you to one of my go-to gals, the incomparably agreeable NARS Mata Hari ($27).
NARS infused Mata Hari with a dash of crimson, which is why I think it plays so well with many of the red lip colors I like to wear. Despite its cool tones and how bold it looks in the pan, it’s not nearly as scary vivid on cheeks.
Mata Hari is anything but a run-of-the-mill matte pink blush. It’s enchanting…like RyGos, and able to draw almost everyone who sees it — cool- and warm-toned girls alike — under its spell.
I get my best results with Mata Hari when I apply it with a fan brush or a blush brush using a very light touch; otherwise, it’s easy to go overboard. Straight up, this pigment is no joke, but the Shu Uemura 7.5EX fan brush creates a perfectly flushed cheek with it worthy of a doll.
Like most NARS products, it’s on the spendy side, but a little goes a long way. I suspect that one pan would last long enough to see at least two cycles of skinny jeans coming in and going out of style.
The rise of the Planet of the Plus-Size Kitty Models!
Rooster the cover-cat; notice the artful placement of the paw on the sink…
As you know, my primary function is to serve Tabs, and one of the pet (haha!) projects he currently has me working on is the expansion of the plus-size kitty modeling business. Tabs believes it belongs at the forefront of the feline fashion world.
He was beyond thrilled when MBB reader Emma sent him this article from Four Legs Good, a blog for pet enthusiasts, featuring the redolent Rooster, a Maine Coon, in a recent post on the charms of big cats.
Tabs demanded that I alert you “posthaste” about this matter of the “utmost importance.”
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
The NARS Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from the NARS permanent collection
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Mata Hari Blush
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Luster Blush
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Lovejoy Blush
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Amour Blush
- NARS Unsung Heroes: Gothika Lipgloss