In December I went to a NARS Holiday event at their Melrose boutique here in LA, and I learned a ton of amazing tricks and found some new products I love.
My new favorite NARS thing that I left with that day is now my go-to shadow for an everyday look… I am OBSESSED. I haven’t been able to stop wearing it since that event. Meet the NARS Shimmer Eye Shadow in Nepal. ($25)
It’s a soft, sheer rose with a subtle gold shimmer. I was kinda hesitant about it at first, but once I saw it on I was hooked with how it made my eyes look. I used to wear a gold or copper shadow if I’m going for a shimmery look, otherwise lately I’ve been sticking to earth tones… I did buy the Naked 3 a few months ago (which is a much rosier and shimmery-er than the 1,2, and the Smoky palette), and was sold on the pinker tones for bringing out my eyes. This gives me the best of both worlds, because it’s not too pink and the shimmer is super fine and looks gorgeous in the light. I’m now completely in love with wearing rosy tones on my eyes and would highly advise trying this out for your life.
I think it’s a cool enough pink-y toned shadow to be be universally flattering on any skin tone, that will brighten the eye and make them pop. I posted this photo on Instagram which gives you a good look at my lids – and how amazing this shadow is on. It can be worn alone during the day or as a base to build up into a smoky eye, like in the look I had done for the NARS holiday event.
Here are the other key products used to create this casual, smoky chic look.
- Foundation: All Day Luminous Foundation – Deauville I also wear Deauville in their pressed powder. I don’t typically wear foundation but this one is actually nice to wear, it’s medium coverage but feels like a very light formula on the skin.
- Concealer: Radiant Creamy Concealer – Custard (used under/around my eyes and my nose for redness control)
- Brows: NARS Matte Shadow in Bali This is a “neutral” tone, essentially a dark brown. Lena Koro did my eyebrows at this event and chose this shadow to fill in my brows, the finished look is so full but natural – amazing. I will be filming a brow powder tutorial on my YouTube channel soon so be sure to subscribe! Another pro tip: Once you’ve finished filling in your brows, finish them off with some loose setting powder or translucent powder to achieve a more natural, “not-makeup makeup” look.
- Eyeshadow: Shimmer Shadow in Nepal I wear this on the daily with just a filled in brow and coat of mascara – it’s the perfect mix of color/neutral-ish tone and eye catching shimmer. For this look it was painted all across my lid, and then built up and blended into a smoky eye using the eye pencil linked below. Draw the Via Appia liner into your crease like you would a smoky shadow, then blend and smoke it out and blend it into the Nepal. Effortless, 5 minute smoky eye you can’t mess up. Smudge it for a smoky natural look as mine was – it has a lot of depth but isn’t too much to wear during the day.
- Eyeliner: Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia This is less harsh than a black liner, and can be used to fully line the eyes without looking overwhelming – something that can be a struggle when you have light colored eyes.
- Eyeliner: Campo de Fiori is this shimmery, brassy olive colored eyeliner that was used on my water line to pull out the gold and copper flecks in my eyes. It added definition without giving me the raccoon look that can happen using darker liners. I really liked this liner, had to take it home with me after the event!
- Lips: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never. Bahama is a neutral toned velvet matte that was the base for my lips and Never Say Never added some pink/lilac color to the center of my lips to highlight them… I love mixing lipsticks together for a unique shade that exactly works with your look.
What’s your go-to eye shadow right now? What kind of look do you usually do for your eyes?