New York Fashion Week has come and gone once again and one thing is for sure, I’m fucking happy about it! Seriously, if you guys only knew the cray cray amounts of bloggers pinning and tweeting and facebooking and google +ing, and so forth, about fashion week you would definitely want to gouge your eyeballs out with hot needles and wear a potato sack and crocs for the rest of your life.
They should make a parody movie called “The Grinch Who Stole NYFW,” except with no conflict resolution at the end– the grinch wins and doesn’t have an enlarged heart. It’s an overdose, an assault to the senses; even for fashion fiends. Even the much beloved September issue of Vogue is taking on laughable proportions as demonstrated by the cashier I had when buying it.
“Do you want a bag for this? Or maybe you could just carry it as a weapon… LOL.” No, no lol. They charge you an extra dollar once a year for a “magazine” that is advertised as “the biggest issue EVARRRRRRRRR” but then it turns out to be hundreds of pages of ads. Ads for Prada, ads for Gucci, ads for Camel cigarettes.
Anyway, I don’t really know where I was going with that other than venting about my #whitegirlproblems…sorry, readers. Despite my contempt, I always do happen to scroll through a few photos of the makeup looks backstage and pick out a few to try at home. This year’s find was by Nars Cosmetics for Rodarte at their Spring ’14 show.
As you can see in the main image, they went for a sort of modern cat eye look with a very blank canvas for the rest of the face. (Please also just let me say I hate that I had to use another picture of just white models, but I couldn’t find any others featuring girls of other ethnicities except maybe one Asian girl, isn’t that fucking bullshit?? I know there were others at that show, not cool! *UPDATE: FOUND ONE!*)
One of my favorite websites, Into The Gloss, did a feature on the look but I found it slightly confusing and not very budget friendly since they used all Nars products (which are great, but still!). So I took to the pharmacy and rounded up some fantastic dupes to create the look myself.
Start with freshly cleansed skin and some moisturizer. Apply an even layer of foundation with a Real Techniques buffing brush (amazing brushes) or your fingers to warm up the product. Take concealer and apply to dark circles and any redness you may have on your face (around the nose, zits, etc.). This is your starting point- your blank canvas. Since this is a look with semi-matte, luminous skin, I recommend Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation.
Next, apply some clear brow gel by brushing in upward strokes and let them set.
Taking Rimmel’s Soft Kohl Kajal eye pencil in black, line closely to the lash line on the top lid and then line just under the bottom lashes two thirds of the lid. Don’t do your flick yet, just keep it close to the lashes at this point.
Once you’ve traced your line, take Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner in black and go over the line you just made in pencil. This will give it lasting power and a more graphic appearance. Next, make your cat eye flick. Take a pencil eyeliner that is a match to your concealer and line the inner corner of your eye on the bottom water line to brighten it up. Apply a thick coat of L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in black to only the top lashes.
Take a bronzer that isn’t too orange based and simply apply a small amount to the upper cheek bones to contour the face. Nars used what seems to be a matte, neutral lipstick, but I preferred clear gloss for myself– choose what suits you best. Now you are finished!
Here’s a fun song to listen to while you’re getting ready:
- Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes
- Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
- Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara for Lash and Brow
- Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Jet Black
- Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
- L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in Carbon Black
*This is not a sponsored post.
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