I guess it’s true — you can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl! Even here in the tropics beneath a canopy of banyan and coconut trees (we’re just a few miles away from where they film Lost, FO’ reals!), I can’t stop myself from thinking about San Francisco…
As a matter of fact, the colors I used for my makeup today, with products from the NARS Habanera Duo ($32), are making me think of the City by the Bay.
Habanera, a powder duo belonging to NARS’ permanent line, has a gorgeous shimmery slate blue on one side (color reminds me of a wet and foggy San Francisco morning). The other side houses a deep plummy purple with tiny flecks of slate blue glitter that shimmer like the city from across Bay at dusk.
At first glance, I wasn’t sure I’d like the way Habenera would look on me. I’d seen and loved the shades on lighter-skinned beauties but was afraid they’d look a little too light and cool on me (as shimmery pastels can sometimes look quite frosty on darker skin tones).
I think I worried for nothing, though. I get the feeling that women of a wide range of skin tones are going to like the way Habanera looks on them. It’s a color that I’m guessing a lot of women can wear.
If you’re curious about Habanera, I hope you give it a try. Today I was in the mood for something light and fun, so I went with a wide-eyed, shimmery pale blue and plum eye look with long lashes, a sheer plum cheek and a neutral lip.
I used a mix of makeup from NARS, Benefit and MAC, but I bet you could do a similar look with any icy blue and plummy purple.
On my eyes, that’s NARS Habanera along with Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray Primer (a neutral beige), Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero (a deep, dark black) and three layers of Benefit Bad Gal Mascara.
For light, flushed cheeks I went with Benefit’s new blush, Sugarbomb. It’s a shimmery blush that reminds me of a sheerer, uber-plummy version of NARS’ Orgasm. To quote J. Timberlake, “I’m lovin’ it!”
One last thing: I used LOTS of mascara for this look, but I bet it’d look amazing with some falsies.
Can you think of any interesting variations on this look? Let’s brainstorm ideas in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,