Friday, June 10, 2011

LOTD - Friday, 6/10/11

Happy Friday! I don't know about you but it's been one long ass week. If you are a cubicle monkey like me, you know what I'm talking about. Then again, I'm pretty sure you college students appreciate a good Friday as well - I know I did as a SF State student.

Keeping up with my new favorite book - NARS' Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself.

I decide to break one of my rules - never wear dark lips with black lined eyes (top/bottom lashlines). The makeovers I have been loving in this book were the ones that featured a strong defined smoky eye paired with an equally strong lip. Now, I would normally reserve this look for date nights or nights out with the girls. But why should I have to wait, right? Then again, I should use this look as a hint to the Mr. 920 that he needs to step it up and take me out on date night again!

I have been wearing this baby for a few days and I tested it out with both the traditional way I would wear it along with smoky eyes. And I am proud to say that I now love wearing a strong lip with my black lined smoky eyes.

Here's NARS Flair (Burnished Berry/Sheer finish):

(NC42/NARS Syracuse - for reference)

To really deepen this color, I have been wearing this with MAC's Chestnut (intense brown) liner and topped with NARS Ophelia (strawberry nectar)  just in the center of my pout for a bit of shine and shimmer.

The result is a lovely maroon shade.

(paired with smoky eyes for work)

Eyes - NARS Tzarine duo, MAC Coquette in crease, NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Nuit Blanches softened with black pan in the NARS Pandora duo, Chanel Inimitable Mascara, Black

Cheeks: NARS Multiple - South Beach (shimmering apricot) layered with NARS Gilda (coral)

And here it is worn in my usual comfortable way - clean, lined eyes:

I think I just mixed NARS Alhamra (golded champagne) with Abyssina (pearl sheen) then applied with my MAC #239 brush from top lashline to brow bone. I used MAC's Texture (peachy brown shimmer) in my crease. Then I lined the top lashline with NARS Eyeliner Stylo and smudged with Pandora (black) to soften line.

I think in this picture I only used South Beach to highlight. I'm sure at some point of the day I popped just a touch of Gilda blush.

I am loving this lip look. I can't wait to try out more color ideas from this book. What I'm really loving is the challenge to find dupes in my existing (MAC) stash to help recreate looks in this book.

They may not be exact dupes but they become MY translations of his looks.

And that's what Monsieur Nars wants from his fans, right?

Because it's Friday, I'd like to celebrate with a 90's flashback hit:

It came on the other day while I was at the gym training with my trainer. We both started confessing our love for Mr. George Michael. Then in my head I was prancing around like Naomi Campbell, pre-bat shit crazy, throwing cellphones at her hired help, days!


  1. That's a great look. I never knew about that lip rule lol... I do it all the time and it looks nice! Have never gotten a negative comment. I also happen to think you look great too. :)

    Also, I want that book! Is it mostly just beauty rules and tips?

  2. Hi JC:)

    It was never a rule set in stone, just my own personal rule. I just felt like it may have been a look that's too much for a corporate office. It is a great look and no I have no fear showing up to the office like this at 7:30AM.

    The book doesn't really have rules or tips. It's makeovers on men and women of all ages/ethnicities and they are not models - which I LOVE!
    Pick it up if you have a chance - you will love it!

  3. Oooh I see. And thanks for the quick response! In my NARS post my photos must have been confusing because 1/3rd of the comments were of people who thought I got the book--which had me wondering about it LOL!

  4. No worries, JC!:)

    It just means I should really get back to work and not just checking emails every 5mns.

  5. I need that NARS book!!! Pretty shade!

  6. Hi PerilouslyPale,

    Yes, you need this. You will really want to play with your makeup after looking through this book.

  7. Hurrah for rocking the dark lip and eye combo! I'm sure Nars himself would be proud =P. When it comes to looks like that, I'm a real scaredy cat. I think baby steps, like wearing a dark lip first would be good for me =P

  8. Thanks Dovey!

    Take the plunge - try a deep lip, even if it's a gloss!

  9. As a side note, I love this freakin video and song! Thank you! :) (giddy girl now!) I like the berry look a lot.

  10. Awww thanks! I'm proud to say that I was at the Faith tour back in '89!