The sun is out there…
It’s out there somewhere behind the oppressive soup of (now) light gray clouds over our little hill here in Novato, but at least it isn’t raining! 🙂 By no means am I hanging out on the deck in a pair of booty shorts and drinking a margarita or anything, but it looks like Stormageddon 2014 has at least temporarily paused.
Compared to yesterday’s monsoon, the current minor gloom is welcome. I also tried to inject a little more brightness into the vicinity with my makeup, a glowing neutral lid with soft black cat eyeliner and a bright red lip.
I started this look with the new NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79, coming to NARS Boutiques and the NARS website January 1, 2015; on counters February 1)…and I apologize in advance if I blabber and ramble when I talk about it because it drives me wild (I’m also thinking that the lines on the pans are hypnotic).
The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows have a lovely satiny finish and can be worn wet or dry.
They swatch hella frosty, I know, but when you buff them into your skin, the frost turns to an eye-catching brushed patina (that still doesn’t emphasize my fine lines).
I LOVE the formula, which should be great for newbies (or anyone) because it’s gloriously easy to blend.
The palette contains seven re-promoted shades from the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Line — Europa, Himalia, Subra, Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove and Sycrox. All beautiful, wearable colors, mostly neutrals, with a sprinkle of green and blue.
The palette also includes a limited edition brown eyeshadow called Ursa Major, a rich, warm brown about halfway between a matte and a satin that blends like buttah, baby. It’s SO good. I could spend my entire day sweeping it back and forth in the crease and making little circles in the outer corner…
Make a note to visit the NARS website starting January 1, 2015, or head to one of the NARS Boutiques, if you’re interested. Or, hold out till it arrives on counters February 1.
I just stuck with NARS for the rest of the look.
On my cheeks, I did a light contour with Laguna Bronzer, then buffed Final Cut Blush onto the apples of my cheeks and dusted a small amount of Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush Powder on my upper cheekbones. All three products are from the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette in the holiday collection.
Incidentally, if you like red lip looks that aren’t too orangey, this Lip Liner/Lipstick combo is amaze-balls.
I also added bright strawberry pink NARS Quito Gloss on top for extra freshness.
Not even Stormageddon 2014 could stand up to the brightening power of NARS. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,