My other favorite eyeshadow base is from NARS Cosmetics. It is called Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. In my other entry (click here), I talked about using a different product when I am working with neutral colors. For this entry, I will be discussing the reasons why I use NARS eyeshadow base when I am working with vivid colors.
First of all, this eyeshadow base is clear. I apply a little of the product on the eyelids and spread it all over, as far as the brow bone, with my finger or a brush. This product dries clear. An indication is that the eyelid will mattify, leaving the skin tone visible through a layer of the product.
The reason why I use this with vivid colors is because this eyeshadow base doesn’t come in color. So whatever eyeshadow I will place on the lid, it will register the same vivid color as seen in the pot. I especially use this on clients who are acidic. As we all know, a person who is “acidic” experience a change in the color of their makeup. I have observed that the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base from NARS delays the “oxidation” process. This eyeshadow base has incredible long wear and durability. Very minimal creasing occurs throughout the day.
One observation I have made with those who have oily lids, if you don’t put a generous amount of product, the oil tends to seep through messing up with the eye shadow. You get creasing, smudging and running… especially if you are wearing cake eyeliner. So always put more than the usual amount of this eyeshadow base on those with oily lids.
You can also use this to set the color of your eyebrows. I spread a minimal amount on the brows with an angled eyebrow brush or a spoolie.
This photo was taken during the first show for the fourth Series of Fashion Watch Quartet. Fashion Watch Quartet was a series of Fashion shows held at the Shangri-La Makati that lasted for a year (2008).
This was the Show of Alex Bitong held on October 2008.
My knowledge about fashion and the people involved with fashion, at that time, was very limited.
I first met Jo Ann Bitagcol, prior to the start of the Fashion Watch Series. She was quite an authoritative figure. Being a model of more profound experience, she trained some of the younger models. Imparting knowledge on how to be an effective model.
I was scared of her, mainly because I didn’t know her. She’d pass by the work stations of the apprentices and sit on the chair of a much more senior makeup artist. From a distance, I always made sure to observe the makeup process and the way they interacted. She’s much more relaxed and animated when she’s comfortable.
I finally had the courage to ask Jo Ann to do her makeup for one of the shows 6 months later. She afforded me the privilege. That’s when I got to know her. That’s was the time I knew how she wanted her eyebrows to be done. *laughs*
Jo Ann is a very sweet woman, loved by everyone around her.
She is now a fashion photographer.
For this look, a jewel toned magenta eyeshadow was used as a base. I used a combination of cake liner and black eyeshadow to smoke it out, creating depth. Silver creme highlighter on the brow bone to create dimension.
Lashes, of course, to open up the eye.
Blush was very minimal, so as not to take away the emphasis from the eyes.
For the lips, I used Nars Matte Lip Velvet in Sex Machine and added some gloss.
Eye shadow base, is a product that is used to add durability and longevity to any eyeshadow or eyeliner product. That’s why, I always use and an eye shadow base before I apply anything on the eyelid.
My “go-to” product is Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics. I use this when I am using neutral eye shadow colors on the eyes (think shades of: brown, taupe, cream, black, gray and gold) . Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics come in color, usually with a beige or yellow base. Since neutral eye shadows and eye basics are of the same neutral palette, they enhance each other. Though I have used various eye shadows with Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics, some bright colors do not register as vividly as I imagined. That’s because the base color of the Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics dims it.
Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics in “Eyebright” has a white – blue base which I use when I am working with blue toned eye shadows only. Why? We are playing with colors here. Remember art class? If I place a yellow eye shadow on top of Eyebright, which has a blue base, what would happen? It might turn the eye shadow slightly green. We wouldn’t want that right? Not unless intended.
I recommend this product to women who don’t like using eye shadow. This product registers a very natural color on your lids. It emphasizes your eyes without making it look over done. As a plus, long-term use of this product can lead to healthier eye lids *.
I used this product in every single commercial that I have worked on. Especially on those who are very specific about wanting the no makeup look. I apply very little of the Eye Basics with my finger or a brush on the eyelid and I’m good. I have also observed that this product lasts all day and all night with minimal creasing, not to mention being exposed under harsh lights and various weather conditions. I was initially worried about the longevity and performance of this cream based product. It has proven itself time and again and now, I never have to worry.
Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics some how makes your eye makeup water-resistant too. That includes the eye shadow and eye liner as well. I have been told by a few models and some private clients that their eye make up has survived a dip in the pool, the crashing of waves or a warm shower on set.
I promise you, It will be one of the best purchases you’ll ever make.