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NARS Matte Multiple Review, Swatches and Photos Part I

March 24th, 2014

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This spring, NARS brings us Matte Multiple, a new multi-purpose makeup stick that can be used on the lips and cheeks with a matte finish.

NARS Altai, Coppadoce and Vientiane Matte Multiples

Like the original Multiple, the Matte Multiple comes in a portable black tube with a twist-up design. Although the tube looks just a bit thinner, you only get 0.26 oz of product, which is half as much as the 0.50 oz with the original.

Another difference lies in the formula. Unlike the original which can be used on the eye, cheek, lip and body, the Matte Multiple is only meant for the cheek and lip. It can also be used dry for more intensity or wet for a sheerer effect. A great way to create dimension as suggested by NARS, is to use it wet over the high points of the cheek for a sheer veil of color, then dry underneath the cheekbone.

Color selection wise, there are a total of 7 that would work as blush, bronzer and lip colors on various skintones. In this review, I will be focusing on the bronzer colors.

Altai is the lightest bronzer shade in the collection. Described as a “rose bronze”, the color is a medium brown with pinkish undertones. On my NC30 skin, I can totally see this as a blush/contouring shade and even a nude lip color.
Coppadoce is a darker brown with golden undertones. It is the darkest shade out of all 7 Matte Multiples and definitely a bronzer shade for me.
Vientiane is almost identical to Coppadoce, except a tinge lighter with slightly warmer coppery undertones. I couldn’t really tell the difference between the two on my skin.

The Matte Multiples felt very creamy and application was a breeze! I loved that you could just swipe this directly onto the skin, blend with a brush and be good to go. The colors were also very pigmented, in fact, more so than some of the regular Multiples. Plus they dried off quickly to a matte finish that stayed on for 8 hours straight.

Overall, NARS Matte Multiple is a quick, easy-to-use product that will deliver results. And at $39 a pop, this is definitely a good investment.

NARS regular Multiple vs Matte Multiple

NARS Altai, Coppadoce and Vientiane Matte Multiples

NARS Altai Matte Multiple

NARS Coppadoce Matte Multiple

NARS Vientiane Matte Multiple

Swatches of Altai, Vientiane and Coppadoce Matte Multiples

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NARS Matte Multiple is available at for $39.

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Get Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Makeup Look at 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

March 3rd, 2014

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For the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party last night, makeup artist Monika Blunder created an “effortless, Parisian-chic” bronzy look on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Get the 411 on the look after the jump!

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Makeup at 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
First, Blunder prepped the skin with Laura Mercier Oil-Free Primer. Then, using her fingers, she applied Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide (launching Fall 2014) all over her face and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to cover any imperfections. Next, Blunder blended Laura Mercier Secret Concealer #2 under Huntington-Whiteley’s eyes with Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush. She then set everything with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent.

To create the gorgeous glow you see on Rosie, Blunder applied Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder #3 with Laura Mercier Bronzer Brush before adding a touch of Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic.

On Rosie’s eyes, Blunder started with Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Buff all over the eyelid, followed by a veil of Sateen Eye Colour in Baroque on top and Matte Eye Colour in Café au Lait for definition. She then lined her Rosie’s eyes using Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey in an outward motion to create a cat eye and softened the line with Laura Mercier Smudge Brush. To intensify the smoky-eye effect, Blunder applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa with Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush and highlighted the inner corners with Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink. Next, Blunder added Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Café au Lait along the lower lashline, curled the lashes and
applied generous coats of Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara. Finally, she groomed Rosie’s brows using Laura Mercier Brow Grooming Brush and added extra definition with Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil in Ash Blonde.

Finishing the look, Blunder lined Rosie’s lips with Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Baby Lips and topped Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Royal Orchid for a “bold pout”.

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Glossy Eye and Berry Nails at Costello Tagliapietra A/W ’14

February 9th, 2014

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To create the “cool girl” at Costello Tagliapietra A/W 2014, models were given glossy eye, dewy skin with matte berry nails.

Costello Tagliapietra A/W '14 runway beauty
Makeup: Maki Ryoke for M·A·C Cosmetics
Nails: Julie Kandalec for essie

* Studio Finish Concealer and Prep + Prime Highlighters – alternately blended and used together for minimal concealing to create super real, natural moisturized looking skin.
* Luna, Hush and Pearl Cream Color Base – equally mixed together and blended over the upper cheekbone, browbone, temple and inner eye to highlight.
* Mocha Latte Lipstick, Coquettish from Fall 14 Trend Forecast/Lip Palette (available Spring 2014) and M·A·C PRO Shine Mixing Medium – mixed to create a glossy stain and then blended with Au Nature Cream Color Base (available Fall 2014) under cheekbones to contour.

* Mocha Latte Lipstick, Coquettish from Fall 14 Trend Forecast/Lip Palette (available Spring 2014) and M·A·C PRO Shine Mixing Medium – mixed one to one with 2 parts shine, and applied as a glossy stain over the eyelid and faintly through the lower lid under eyes.
* Veluxe Brow Liner – shaded through brows to straighten in shape and followed with Clear Brow Set to groom and refine
* Nude Technakohl Liner (available Fall 2014) – applied through the lower waterline to open and brighten eyes.

* Lip Conditioner Tube – applied over lips to moisturize and perfect.
* Studio Finish Concealer -softly blended over lips to lightly conceal.
* Desert Rose Powder Blush – minimally applied with Blending Brush 217 to create a healthy pinky-beige to lips.

To convey an imaginary tale of power and strength as seen in the collection, Julie opted for deep berry-colored nails with a matte finish. She started by applying ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails. Once the base coat dries, two coats of berry naughty were applied onto nails and topped with one coat of matte about you.

Images: essie and

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Runway Beauty: Tribal Sunburnt Look at Nicholas K S/S 2014

September 15th, 2013

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Inspired by the Native-American tribal influences from the Nicholas K Spring/Summer 2014 collection, lead makeup artist Daniel Martin worked with NYX Cosmetics’ Chief Creative Director, Cristina Bartolucci to create an indigenous, sunburnt makeup look.

Nicholas K S/S 2014 runway beauty
Martin began by applying HD Concealer Wand minimally around the face to correct any dark circles or blemishes. Next, he mixed Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation with Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam and applied over the entire face. Mineral Finishing Powder was then used just through the t-zone area to allow the brow and cheekbones to stay luminous under the runway lights.

As the models donned thick headbands down the runway, Martin kept the eye makeup neutral, but used as a way to sculpt and bring attention to the facial angles. He mixed Nude Matte Shadow in Dance the Tides, a warm rust-brown, and Skinny Dip, a deep violet with Single Eye Shadow in Hot Orange, to create a sienna color combination, which was swept across the entire eye, up to the brow bone, and across the nose creating a modern, sunburnt look. Next, Martin lightly shaded the brows where needed using the Auto Eyebrow Pencil.

Finally, Martin used Matte Bronzer to sculpt and extend the neutral sweep across the eye. The lips were left bare.

Sunburnt makeup look at Nicholas K S/S 2014

Nicholas K S/S 2014 facechart by NYX
NYX backstage at Nicholas K S/S 2014

Images: Courtesy of NYX.

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Rihanna Hearts MAC Fall 2013 Collection

September 13th, 2013

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Part three of the Rihanna Hearts M·A·C Makeup Collection brings us a range of smoky cocoas for the eyes and various shades for the lips, encased in a cute rose gold packaging.

Eyeshadow x 4 ($44)
Her Cocoa
Smoked Cocoa

Lipstick ($16.50)
Nude – Cool nude cream (Matte)
Who’s That Chick – mid-tone orange with frost (Frost)
RiriWoo – Matte cool red (Retromatte)
Talk That Talk – Matte dark plum (Retromatte)

Lipglass ($16.50)
RiriWoo – Cool red cream (Cream)

Pro Longwear Lip Pencil ($21.50)
Riri Woo – Cool red cream
Talk That Talk – Dark plum cream

Extended Play Lash ($17.50)
GiGablack – Black

Liquidlast Liner ($21.50)
Pointblack – Black

Veluxe Brow Liner ($21.50)
Deep Brunette – Muted blackish-brown
Deep Dark Brunette – Dark dirty chocolate

Powder Blush Duo ($29)
Hibiscus Kiss – Cool coral blush and matte neutral bronze

Powder Blush ($23)
Bad Girl Gone Good – Warm copper (Satin)

Cream Colour Base ($22)
Diamonds – Golden shimmer cream (Frost)

Lash ($17.50)
36 Lash
35 Lash

282SE Duo Fibre Shader ($32)
187SE Duo Fibre Face ($42)

Rihanna Hearts MAC Her Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad
Rihanna Hearts MAC Smoked Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad
Rihanna Hearts MAC Lipsticks

Rihanna Hearts M·A·C Fall Collection will be available October 3, 2013 at all M·A·C locations.

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