Pretty Peek: NARS Cosmetics Spring 2012 Collection Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Nars Cosmetics Spring 2012 Makeup Collection

The NARS Cosmetics Spring 2012 Collection is a study in contrasts, both matte and shimmering, bold and subtle—perfect for warm-weather beautification.

My first thought upon seeing the ultra-saturated NARS Spring 2012 Collection campaign image of model Ginta Lapina: I want to go there.

She looks bronzed, radiant and, above all, stunning—thanks to a beauty palette of rich colors that are a study in contrasts, both matte and shimmering, bold and subtle. With names like Paramaribo (the capital of South American state Surinam) and Bibao (the Basque region of Spain), it’s clear that creator Francois Nars’ inspiration runs warm and exotic.

Here, Nars breaks down the collection, and all its sultry glory.

 NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

What’s unique about the collection?

“At first glance, all the pinks and shimmer can look very sweet and innocent, but actually there is a lot of bold and contrasting color—a gray lavender eye shadow, a navy blue Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, a hot pink lip color, for example—that make the collection edgier and more sophisticated than it may seem.”

 NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil and Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick

What are the must-have products from the collection?

“I would say our Douce France Trio Eyeshadow (shown top left), because it allows for many eye looks, as well as our Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil. I also love the Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick (shown above), a rich raspberry that looks absolutely delicious on the lips.”

 NARS Spring 2012 Collection

Both matte and shimmers play heavily in this collection. How do you wear matte for warmer months? And how would you suggest tackling these shimmers?

“I never pay attention to rules like, ‘No matte makeup in warm weather.’ Matte is perfectly appropriate for spring, especially in a strong berry shade. In fact, it’s the perfect transitional color and texture to bridge winter and summer. If you have to shine, you can add a little gloss on top. And if you’re concerned about overdoing shimmer, I would recommend keeping it to one feature: eyes or cheeks or nails. Wearing it everywhere can look a little too disco.”

 NARS Spring 2012 Campaign Image

The NARS Spring 2012 collection is up for the buying January 15 on narscosmetics.com. What will you be scooping up?

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