Shot on location at The Flower Shop, NYC
Maer’s first photo shoot was about women looking forward to a glittering night out with her friends. They’re getting dressed up for their own pleasure, nobody else’s. We wanted a look meant to be seen up-close-and-personal: a low key, lived-in glamor of soft shadows, bitten lips and flushed cheeks.
Jenny Smith, Global Makeup Artist for Nars Cosmetics, created each look. We gave her complete freedom to define the beauty image she wanted to give the models, and Smith really let their skin’s natural beauty shine through. “I use skincare and makeup to enhance a woman’s natural glow, not cover or conceal her skin,” says Smith--exactly the Maer philosophy! Here’s how:
Smith kept things light with Nars Pore & Shine Control Primer in each model’s T-zone to absorb shine and minimize the powder she’d need to set the makeup. For glow, she followed with Radiance Enhancing Primer SPF 30 to the outer edges of the face and cheekbones. She covered any imperfections with Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and Soft Matte Complete Concealer. And she set the skin with Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder.
Smith gave each model’s cheeks flush and glow with Nars The Multiple Sticks in Luxor and Riviera. She set them with Nars Orgasm Powder Blush and Nars Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette. “Skin will glow all day or night for a high shine that looks like a glow from within!” says Smith.
Smith didn’t have to use a ton of makeup to make a big statement. “The eyes were inspired by a Marilyn Monroe shape,” says Smith, “with shadow as liner for a defined yet diffused lash line.”
Marilyn Monroe at home, 1953.
Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
To define the eyes with a soft, natural glamor, Smith did away with Monroe’s white eyeliner and used a taupe eyeshadow and angled brush to create a lower cat-eye.
She then made the eye seem larger and created the illusion of extra long, upper lashes casting a shadow on the lower eye, but without resorting to obvious fake lashes or heavy mascara. “To open the eyes with a soft, full, fluttery lash, apply two coats of mascara to your top lashes,” Smith explains. The next step is key: “For a tinted look, apply one coat of mascara to the lower lashes and comb through with a clean wand.”
A pretty lip was the final step. Smith applied Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Intriguing for a longwear finish.
For that sexy, bitten-lip appeal, she matched the color to each model’s tongue. Finally, Nars Clean Cut Afterglow Lip Balm softened the edges with a dewy shine.