Last week I was kindly invited to Selfridges at the Manchester Trafford Centre for a makeover by one of the NARS makeup artists. NARS is a brand that I have heard so much about, I have never really had the chance to try. Where I live there are no NARS makeup counters so the only chance I have to try the brand is by going after work to the Leeds counter or when I'm visiting Manchester.
I'm always a little bit anxious when having makeovers as I'm very particular when it comes to my makeup. I don't like it too heavy, but I do like bright, bold lips. I often find that makeup artists can often get carried away and cake products on. When I met the makeup artist Emily, she was really approachable and knew exactly what I wanted. She also made me feel relaxed and in return, we had a great conversation.
The consultation started with a little bit of background knowledge about the NARs brand and a few questions about my skincare routine and how I like my makeup. The makeup artist brought out a variation of colours and we discussed which ones I'd like to try and what my problem areas are.
Moisturiser: Luminous Moisturiser Cream
Primer: Multi-Protect Primer
Foundation: All Day Luminous Deauville Light 4
Concealer: Honey/Vanilla Radiant Creamy
Mod Rouge eyeshadow base
Liner Car Plates Stylo
Mascara Lengthening Mascara
The Multiple Copacabana
Lip liner Jungle Red
Lip colour: Carmen
The products that I loved the most have to be the Copacabana Multiple, the Honey Radiant Concealer, the lip liner Jungle Red and the lip colour Carmen.
The Copacabana Multiple did an excellent job at highlighting just below brows to make my eyes look larger and my eyebrows more shaped. I always find that when I apply eyeshadow, my eyes look a lot smaller, but this product helped combat that. My next favourite product had to be honey radiant concealer. As someone that is always ill a good concealer is a must. I'm always suffering from heavy bags under my eyes and I've tried a lot of things to mask it but never had good luck. The honey radiant concealer worked with just one dab and made the bags under my eyes disappear and my skin look the best it has done in a very long time. Finally, the star attraction from this makeover has to be the most beautiful red lipstick I have ever tried, Carmen. Carmen is one of the new NARS Audacious lipsticks which applies very easily with just one stroke and offers full, long lasting coverage. The lipstick is semi-matte which means it has all the colour, but with a satin like finish that is not as drying. The lipstick stayed on for a considerable amount of time after the application and I was so impressed that I went and bought it after the makeover.
If you're looking to learn more about a brand like NARS or would like a day of pampering. The Manchester Trafford Centre are hosting a fabulous Mother's Day event. Every Mother's Day Selfridges Trafford host a lovely beauty event where mother's and daughters can come and enjoy beauty treatments, consultations, Prosecco, canapés and even take home some little goodies.
Date: Saturday 14th March
Tickets: £10 (redeemable against purchases made on the day)
Activity: Live singer, engraver, complimentary flower poise with spends over £150, complimentary consultations and treatments on various counters.
Have you had a NARS makeover before?