In March, I have attended two make-up classes, the first one ran by Nars cosmetics, and second one ran by Mac (and countless of YouTube tutorials)… Nars Make-up Masterclass was held in Selfridges London by Jenny Smith from Nars. She is the Lead Make-up Stylist for NARS Cosmetics and normally worked alongside with Francois Nars (founder of Nars Cosmetics). She has just finished working at fashion weeks in London and Milan. Nars was running a series of 4 master-classes in London that week, we received the email invitation for us to book our place with a deposit of £30, in which redeemable against products bought during the class. Elaine and I booked our places promptly! My class was on a Friday evening (what a lovely way to start a weekend :P) There were around 30 to 32 people attending the class, 4 tables each with 2 MUAs and 8 spaces each with a make-up station. We were offered champagne on arrival. The set-up, two models and two MUAs on the stage, Jenny Smith was standing at the front, and talking through each step while the 2 MUAs was actually doing the work. She emphasised on the importance of a good skin base, that is the most important step in any make up routine. Preparing your skin and taking good care and protection of your skin.
After we have cleansed our faces with the make-up remover (which itself was fantastic, it looked like water but it removed all traces of make-up ). Then we opened up our make-up station, O. M. G., that little black case, had all the Nars duo eye shadows set, all the single shadows, several blushes, 2 bronzers. (yes I did want to elope with this make-up case at that point.. it is THAT gorgeous! Thanks Elaine for stopping me!) Throughout the class, we learned to use fingers to apply primer, foundation, we get to use Nars make-up brushes for the rest. That’s when I fell in love with their no. 3 eye shadow brush. It is big and fluffy and a master of blending. Anyway, I was matched with shade Punjab (medium 1) in Sheer Matte foundation and custard in the creamy radiant Our MUA was suggesting what we can do with the eye shadows available, I wanted something different to my normal make-up looks.. so I picked the brightest eye shadow in Persia (from Nars S13 collection), a fabulously bright burnt orange shade as accent colour on contour area, and I used Nepal, a very useable nude pink, as all over lid colour. I heard great reviews on their products, but I just didn’t anticipate just how creamy their eye shadows were. Basically, I loved it. Those two together… blends like a dream. Products used during the class;
- Nars Sheer Matte Foundation in Punjab
- Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Custard
- Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bettina
- Larger than Life Lip Gloss in Gold digger
- Eyeshadow in Nepal, Persia
- Eye liner in Bourbon Street (plummy purple)
- Blush in Torrid
Products bought after the class;
- Nars Sheer Matte Foundation in Punjab medium 1
- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
- Free samples include, tinted moisturiser, brightening serum
Overall summary: Very fun and exciting class if you were a Nars newbie like me! Apart from MUAs being pushy at sales, everything was very pleasant and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this class.
After thoughts: I have learnt to experiment with new bright colours. Do not be afraid of colours, just use it the way you are comfortable with! I am glad I went to this class, as now it has opened my eyes to a wider spectrum of colours (literally)!