All you need for a party makeup look. This stunning disco-themed collection with a rich plethora of reds, golds, and plum is perfect for a dramatic finish to a sparkly outfit. Our pick is the eyeshadow palette, which is versatile enough to be used on its own – just add mascara and eyeliner.
Francois Nars launched his iconic eponymous makeup label 25 years ago. This year, the brand marks its anniversary with 60 new lipstick shades. To commemorate the 12 signature shades with their enigmatic names, Nars has also encased them in a red velvety bullet so you can pick them out straight: * Honolulu Honey (neutral beige, satin finish) * Blonde Venus (cool beige, matte) *Morroco (warm cinnamon, matte) *Casablanca (bold coral, satin finish) *Funny Face (bright fuchsia, matte) *Heat Wave (bright orange red, matte) *Jungle Red (vivid blue red, satin) *Trans Siberian (rich ruby rose, matte) *Red Lizard (full-on red, matte) *Shanghai Express (warm brick red, matte) *Transeurope Express (deep rose, matte) *Scarlet Express (rich blue red, matte) Flattering, intensely pigmented, and traffic-stopping; Nars lipsticks should be a staple in your makeup bag.
This limited edition palette by Nars is christened “Wanted” for a reason. Highly covetable by makeup junkies, it is a beautiful rose-gold-themed palette (soft pinks, nudes, and milky brown tones) that looks good on all skin tones. With a mixture of matte, metallic and shimmer powders, this palette is all you need for complete day-to-night looks that are on-point. The powders are easy to blend with minimal fallout; especially if you use them with an eyeshadow primer. Watch this clip to see how the shadows look in real-life, and perform.
Three years after Nars’ successful launch in Singapore in 2014, the label marks the New Year with its first standalone store here. This sleek 77 sq m boutique is where you’ll be able to get your hands on exclusive lipstick shades. To us, the star product available in the store is the customisable magnetic palette (pictured above), where you can fit all your fave cheek, contouring, and eye colours into one sleek case. Perfect for on-the-go glamour. Nars 391 Orchard is located at B1-53 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872
The lip products from Nars are always a dream to use. Formulated with the latest technology from its parent company – Japanese beauty conglomerate Shiseido – the lipsticks always deliver. The new Velvet Lip Glide collection comprises of 13 shades of nudes, pinks, reds, and plums. How the liquid lipsticks feels like on the lips: Lightweight, semi-translucent in one coat but packed with vibrant colour pigments, non-sticky, moisturising, comfortable, semi-glossy finish, stains lips. Easy-to-use wand, fuss-free. Pictured here from left: Deviant (deep burgundy); Unlaced (nude pink); Danceteria (fuchsia); Le Palace (deep cherry red); Area (rich chestnut); Playpen (pink coral). Check out the swatches here.
The best thing about Holiday collections: the beautiful limited edition sets. Like the Sarah Moon for Nars line, where ethereal images of beautifully made-up women adorn the boxes. A French fashion photographer, Moon is known for her somehow touching, out-of-focus, and translucent pictures that look like water colour paintings. She is also recognised for her work in the famous Pirelli calendar, and commissions by Chanel, Dior, Vogue and Comme des Garcons. Pictures: Sarah Moon And here’s how Francois Nars first met her, in his own words: WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER SARAH MOON AND HER WORK? I discovered Sarah’s work in the early ‘70s when she was doing quite a bit of editorial work for ELLE and Vogue. I never actually met her until we decided to work together though. It was really incredible to be able to do this collaboration and work with her for the rst time after all those years of admiration. HOW DID YOU PICK SARAH MOON AS YOUR NEXT COLLABORATOR, WHAT DREW YOU TO HER? I pick the people whom …
All you need to look like you’ve got everything in control. Like when you’re at the airport of a foreign country for a work trip and discover that your luggage didn’t arrive with you. Or when you’ve just got yourself a fabulous but tiny purse, and need to fit your whole life in it. Enter the Nars Survival Kit 2. The palette features the light lavender Tokyo II (also colour-correcting) eyeshadow to brush all over the lids to make eyes look brighter. The rich, deep brown Galapagos eyeshadow with gold flecks is made for smudged, sexy smokey eyes. Some prefer to wet the brush and use the shadow as liner. The Modesty and Day Dream Blush make for multi-dimensional cheek bones; use the light colour on top cheek bones and the coral pink on apples of cheeks to hairline. The pigmented deep red-fuchsia Phantasia Lip Gloss adds polish and a pop of colour to the face. Complete eye makeup with Black Moon Audacious Mascara.
When I first discovered this shade of blusher, it became my all-time go-to product. Once, I forgot to bring it on a trip and I had to go buy a new one ASAP. A peachy-pink shade with subtle gold flecks, it makes skin look sunkissed, healthy and glowing. Building on the success of this awesome shade that gives skin that sexy, post-coital glow, Nars subsequently launched a matching lipstick, illuminating stick, and nail polish. According to Nars, tonnes and tonnes of Orgasm has been sold world wide. If you ask me, this is one classic must-have beauty item.
Inspired by the sun-drenched French Riveria, Nars’ new 10-piece colour collection is bright yet wearable. The boxes are illustrated by artist Konstantin Kakanias (although I wish the designs were printed on the compact case instead). The collection features dual-intensity eyeshadows and blushers with a metallic sheen. Use dry for a subtle colour, and with a dampened brush for more intensity. Tan Lines eyeshadow, a rich hazelnut brown. Perfect for soft, everyday smokey eyes looks. Lip Covers liquid lipstick in Overheated, a deep dusty rose; and Members’ Only, a crimson red (this shade is only available at Nars counters and stores). One coat is enough for a rich, opaque colour with a soft shine. Blush in Sexual Content, a peachy raspberry pink bronzer/ highlighter/ blush. Deep-End shadow, a teal green. Available in May
There is something about all the best colour cosmetic shades. They don’t look like much in the pot or barrel. But the subtle colours offer just the right tint for a perfect make-up look. I am in love with Nars’ new lipstick in Banned Red #9401. It is an easy-to-wear milky red marsala-coloured lipstick that is incredibly flattering. If you want that je ne sais quois quality that French women seem to possess, this red lipstick is a good place to start. The colour is not too flashy, but it makes you look mysterious enough without coming across as being pretentious. This sophisticated shade is opaque in one slick, and has a soft shine to it. It is long-lasting and stains the lips as well. See what I mean. The Beauty Gazette’s other top pick from Nars’ spring collection: the new Blush Duo in Hot Sand/ Orgasm. I’ve never reached out for another pink/coral powder blush after I got my hands on the iconic Orgasm shade for the first time. The perfect peachy pink with subtle gold …