I’m having a NARS day it seems, the Guy Bourdin collection is just to beautiful not to share and I’m particularly loving these blushers. Whilst I went for Day Dream from the collection in today’s post, I opted for the very bold Couer Battant blush for today’s tutorial – I think it’s definitely a tie between the two, as they’re both incredibly gorgeous. I don’t own anything like Couer Battant, however so I guess it’s a little more special to me!
The finished look didn’t really come out how I wanted due to the light issues, I’m finding it so hard to film at the moment even though we have huge windows in our flat as it’s just so dark! We have a crazy storm today and our whole flat is windy and black, so frustrating.
I hope you enjoy it nonetheless, I’ve listed all the products in the description bar for you to browse.
It’s safe to say that I’ve been wearing this blush every day since I got it, I’m so smitten with the pretty colour. A limited edition offering, NARS Blush in Day Dream (£21.50) is from the brands holiday collection which was inspired by cult photographer Guy Bourdin. As he’s known for his flamboyant and often risqué photography, the collection is rather bold and full of colour, but the brand did manage to include this little number which I just adore.
Day Dream sits somewhere between Orgasm and Deep Throat I would think, it’s a little brighter and packs in more pink than Deep Throat but doesn’t have the same gold shimmer that Orgasm offers. It’s described as a peachy pink on the NARS website, though it does have a lovely soft shimmer that lifts the complexion and adds some warmth. I usually apply it with the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush and apply it a little higher than the apples of my cheeks to add some definition.
This is the kind of blush shade I usually go for as it’s just so beautiful against my fair skin, but I think it’s one of those colours that suits all tones – it will compliment tanned and olive skins, and even dark skinned gals can layer it up for that pop of colour that just looks so fresh and healthy.
I personally think the NARS powder blushers are some of the best, they definitely top my list as they’re so easy to blend so even the striking shades look gorgeous on fair skin. Day Dream really doesn’t disappoint, it’s such a beautiful shade and I hope they make it a full collection product at some point.
Recently I’ve been a little crazy for an almost-matte finish to my base, as someone who usually prefers a dewy finish, this was a little different for me but I have actually been wearing it everyday and I’m now looking to add some more matte bases to my stash (recommendations in the comments please!).
I’ve been suffering from quite bad skin lately, although it has really cleared up lately which I’m very thankful for, and someone mentioned on one of my YouTube videos that she found matte skin made her complexion look less bumpy because there was no highlighters or radiance primers to reflect the light – personally, I had always found that light-reflecting primers gave my skin a soft-focus look that meant imperfections were blurred, but every time someone comments something like that, I have to give it a whirl! I’m not sure if the matte finish does much for my bumpy complexion but I think my skin does look a lot smoother.
To perfect my current favourite shine-free finish, I start off with the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (£37.50), something I’ve really not put down lately. I always thought this was far too heavy for a base (usually I would mix it with primer or moisturiser) but I’ve really found a use for it lately – I tend to hover my buffing brush over the top and then dab what I picked up around my face. The key is using such a small amount, as less is more with this one. I buff for a good few minutes, really buffing it in until it’s pretty matte and really perfected. A lot of people (me included, until recently) will think this is too thick for foundation but if you use a teeeeeny amount, buffed and blended really well, the results are incredible.
If I do have any blemishes to concealer after that, or my eye area needs some attention (gosh, I look like I haven’t slept in a month…), I use the incredible 17 Phwoarr Paint Concealer (£5.49), which is an amazing concealer for covering all, and it has a flawless matte finish. The dream.
I follow this up with the By Terry Hyaluroic Hydra Powder (£41), a matte finish powder that ensures my skin is refined and looking seriously smooth – this is my not-at-all secret weapon in fighting shine, pores and bumpy skin.
For a little colour, I’ll use my top blusher of the moment, NARS Blush in Day Dream (£21.50), which is from the Guy Bourdin Holiday collection. This is similar to Deep Throat, it’s a little more coral I think… possibly less shimmer but enough in there for a touch of highlight – which is what lifts the whole look.
My minimal day lip product of choice are the Jouer Lip Sheers (£18), a lovely moisturising lipstick with a subtle hint of colour. I love Capri, it’s just so understated and easy to wear.
I haven’t filmed a ‘daily makeup routine’ video since last year I believe, probably a year ago in fact! I combined it with a “how to conceal blemishes” routine, something I’ve become very good at over the years, due to having blemish-prone skin for most of my years.
As always, watch in YouTube as everything is listed in the description bar.