I've always been pretty minimal with my makeup for two reasons, the first reason is the lack of time I give myself each morning before work so I do whatever I have time for- concealer, mascara, lip balm and brows. Second is really the lack of knowledge on how to apply makeup and what I really want to accentuate on my face. Yes I can watch a million different youtube videos but let's be real.. I'm not going to sit in front of my mirror trying to "contour" my nose with a ton of different products for 30 minutes I just don't have that kind of time. While shopping at my local Nordstrom in Thousand Oaks, CA I saw a sign that there would be a Master Class on NARS cosmetics for free.. FREE? Sign me up!
After checking in at the Nars counter I was welcomed by make up artist Alyssa and Naama who then took me up to the second floor of Nordstrom. Behind a curtained off area of the floor was everything NARS. Every type of foundation sheer glow, luminous matte, tinted moisturizers. Make up overload!! As I walked further into the room I was introduced to Chantal who was going to be our Master Class teacher. She got us all settled in and did an introduction on the story behind NARS and its products. She asked us what our skin care routine was and what our make up routine was. How long did we spend on each? What products had we used and what we were looking for- more hydration in our skin or possibly learn how to contour? I was honest, I spent 5-10 minutes on makeup and 10-15 on skincare (on a good day). I was nervous I had no idea what I was in for, this was a master class.. was there a beginner class that I should have taken first? I started to panic.
Then Chantal said make up is fun and it's about feeling comfortable and being realistic on your on your every day routine. She was there to help educate us on what products NARS offered and help teach us how to apply them and then tailor it to our individual skin types, needs, and what we're hoping to achieve. (sigh of relief!) I had professional make up artists that were going to be able to help teach me how to apply the makeup and what products would best compliment my skin.
We started with skin care- they helped me to select the products that would benefit my skin. Their optimal brightening concentrate, luminous moisturizer and smooth and protect primer instantly hydrated and smoothed my skin. (I needed that primer!) A few other steps and it was onto concealer and foundation. I have an olive skin complexion with natural dark circles under my eyes which I find very hard to hide, but there was a trick Chantal shared- correct then conceal. To cancel out the darkness use a peach tone (ginger) and then follow up with a concealer (custard) applying with your ring finger gently. Then for the foundation. I stay away from full coverage foundations, my skin feels suffocated- there was an option, tinted moisturizer (St. Moritz). Then for the rest of the finishing touches. Laguna bronzer to contour which I know I would never have time for except with this cool brush call the Ita brush it was pretty much shaped perfectly making it almost impossible to mess up. Then i was introduced to the Multiple! Seriously.. OBSESSED! They taught us how to use the multiple product in color orgasm in a few different ways- use it as blush for the cheeks, eye lid color, and add a little on the lips instead of a lipstick. There was another color copacabana- they showed me how to apply it as a highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bone, cupids bow and bridge of the nose. A little eyeliner brow product and mascara and my look was complete.
I had literally used a handful of makeup products for a full look and I learned how to do it myself. After the class I picked out my favorite products that I knew I would use and easily incorporate into my normal routine. If they offer another class I'm definitely taking advantage and signing up and maybe next time I'll be a little more daring and learn how to do a smokey eye. I'm so glad that my local Norstrom offers this class for free and so grateful for the makeup tips and tricks that I learned and how patient Chantal, Naama and Alyssa were with me.