Photography: Emma Palmer
Having started with just a collection of 12 lipsticks, fast forward over 25 years and NARS has firmly established itself as one of the best beauty brands on the market with a seriously impressive line-up of makeup must-haves and skincare. To celebrate the exciting launch of the brand’s NEW Climax Extreme Mascara, we decided to share the six NARS essentials that deserve a place in your makeup bag…
The Lash-Lengthening Mascara
The original Climax Mascara is a consistent bestseller, so we were pretty excited when the brand announced the arrival of its NEW Climax Extreme. “You can achieve instant volume with just one coat,” NARS’ lead artist, Rachel Hardie promised us. And, she wasn’t wrong. The ribbed bristle brush grabs every lash, including the shorter, finer ones, and stretches them for impressive length and definition. “The latex finish allows for a smooth, even application from root to tip so it’s never clumpy,” adds Rachel.
The Glow-Getting Bronzer
NARS’ Laguna Bronzer has icon status in the beauty industry thanks to the natural-looking bronzed glow it gives. Earlier this summer the brand gave it a slight refresh in the form of a matte finish. Swept across the high points of your face, this finely milled bronzer leaves you with a healthy, well-rested radiance. “If you have oily skin, the matte version will work particularly well for you,” adds NARS’ global artist Vincent Ford.
The Heavy Duty Concealer
If you’re looking for buildable, long-wearing coverage that never looks cakey, your search is over. “This is my go-to concealer as it really does live up to its name,” says makeup artist Nikita Baffour. “The coverage is medium-to-full and it has a super creamy consistency that feels lightweight on your skin.” We use it to conceal dark circles, blemishes and any uneven skin tone.
The Multitasking Palette
Following the huge success of their renowned Orgasm blusher comes this trio of gorgeous blusher and highlighter shades. Alongside the original blusher shade, there’s a new deeper toned hue and a golden highlighter powder. NARS’ senior artist Rebecca Moore suggests applying the blusher shade onto the apples of your cheeks and blending towards your temples, before using the highlighter on the higher points of your cheekbone. We’ve also been using all three shades as eyeshadows to create a wash of diffused colour across our lids.
The Lip-Plumping Balm
These high-shine, sheer lip balms are another NARS staple thanks to their non-sticky finish and impressive variety of shades to suit all skin tones. “These lip balms are perfect for giving a subtle wash of colour, while also keeping your lips hydrated and plump all day,” says Rebecca.
The Complexion-Enhancing Base
Promising sheer-to-medium coverage that really stays put, it’s no wonder this weightless foundation regularly tops the bestsellers list. “This foundation is pure radiance and gives a dewy, skin-like finish,” says Nikita. “I always recommend this formula to those with drier skin for a luminous glow. You can also mix it with other foundations for fuller coverage. I am never without this in my kit bag.” What we love most about this foundation is that you can apply with your fingers or a brush and the finish is just as seamless.