Make-up counters are like Marmite; you either hate them, or love them. For me, it’s the latter. There’s a few reasons I prefer to visit a make-up counter. One; I like to swatch and feel a product before making a purchase. Two; they’re a great place to chat with trained make-up artists and three; sometimes I walk away having learnt a new skill, or technique. Luckily for me I experienced all three of these, but today I want to focus on the latter, and share with you the beauty tips I discovered when visiting a NARS make-up counter in Fenwick, Newcastle.
Use The Original Beauty Blender
I’ve tried ALOT of base products and today I’m introducing the NARS Sheer Glow foundation to my online space. Although it’s the first time it’s appeared on my blog, this foundation needs to introduction. It’s an iconic foundation that offers a sheer, buildable coverage with a natural-looking finish and lightweight glow. Although I’m familiar with the product, I wasn’t aware that the best way to apply the foundation is with the original beauty blender; your fingers. Using your fingers enable you to warm the product up, resulting in a more flawless application as the product blends seamlessly into the skin. It’s a little messier than the standard brush, or sponge application, but I’ve found it gives the skin a better looking texture. I was told that when using your fingers you tend to use less product too – this is something I can verify as I’ve been using this technique for over three months now and my foundation is still going strong. Within a few days this foundation became one of, if not, my favourite foundation to date.
Concealer Needs A Blank Canvas
You know when something blows your mind, but when you sit back and think about it, it totally makes sense? This was my thought process when I was told that concealer needs a blank canvas. Basically, when you apply concealer under your eyes, or anywhere on top of your foundation, you’re actually blending it into the foundation and not your skin. This means that the results might not be as prominent; for example if you’re highlighting. Since then I’ve not been applying foundation to my under eye area and I’ve actually found that my concealer sits much better. I’ve also discovered that the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is AMAZING. It corrects, perfects, doesn’t cake, covers, lasts all day and gives a natural, radiant finish – it just ticks all the right boxes. I now understand why SO MANY beauty bloggers and beauty lovers alike rave about it!
Multi-Use Products Are A Thing
It can sometimes be a little overwhelming when we’re told that we need separate products for everything on our face, like they only have one job. This is where the award-winning Laguna Bronzing Powder comes in. This finely milled powder offers a rich brown shade with a gold fusion, which makes it ideal for creating a sunkissed look, delivering shimmering colour for a luminous glow, subtle contour, or even a soft, smoky eye. At the moment I prefer bronzers over contour and I find the Laguna Bronzer to be the perfect tone for my fair skin. Plus, it makes for an epic crease shade too.
FUN FACT: Let’s quickly touch on the packaging. It’s iconic, but did you know it’s inspired by the chalkboards that were in Francois Nars’ school as a child. For those of you that don’t know, Francois Nars is the visionary behind the global brand, NARS.
Skin First, Make-Up Second
A good skincare routine will allow your skin to look and feel at its best, and any make-up you wear will also apply and look better. I usually don’t buy into skincare from a make-up brand, not for any other reason than it’s just not my go-to. However, I discovered a very interesting fact about skincare products from NARS. So, NARS is owned by Japanese skincare company, Shiseido, and the Japanese are renowned for having the finest skincare routines and using the highest quality ingredients. Now I know the ingredients are different, but the expertise and knowledge from Shiseido was used in the making of the skincare products. Plus, they’re paraben, alcohol and synthetic fragrance free, as well as dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic. When applied to my skin they felt incredibly nourishing with a luxurious, spa-like feel to them.
Do you love visiting make-up counters? What’s been your best, or worse experience?
Sarah Jayne x
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