NARS turns up the wattage on glow


Glowing, radiant skin is the holy grail, and few brands have nailed enviable luminosity quite like NARS has. Since its inception in 1994, the brand has excelled at stellar pigments, silky textures, and glistening finishes. While we’re crazy for a dusting of Orgasm Blush or Laguna Bronzer, it’s Sheer Glow Foundation that ensures complexion nirvana. Now, in a wonderful advancement, new shades have been introduced to bring the total count up to 34. To amplify the glow, NARS has also released two limited-edition products: Super Radiant Skin Booster (a creamy liquid highlighter), and Skin Deep Eye Palette (a mix of neutral-toned matte and shimmer powder shadows).

And, in keeping with the iconic theme, it won’t come as a shock when we tell you that supermodel Naomi Campbell is the face of the launch. It’s a little insane to consider that this is Campbell’s first-ever beauty contract (have you seen those cheekbones?), but considering the brand’s legendary status, it seems like the ultimate power pairing to us. “Naomi is a living icon and brings such strong personality to the camera,” says Francois Nars, who also photographed the campaign. “She and I are like family. I have known her since the very beginning of her career. From the start, I have admired her, her beauty, and her style.” So, ready for skin so radiant that even a cherub would be jealous? Keep scrolling for a breakdown of all the new NARS glow-getters on offer.

Sheer Glow Foundation

There are countless reasons why this is the bestselling foundation at Mecca, but let’s touch on a few. It offers natural but buildable coverage, extremely reliable pigment, and ultra-luminous hydration. Plus, it works for different skin types. If you’re prone to shine come lunchtime, a dusting of translucent powder will serve as extra insurance. What’s more, it stands the test of time, saving you from awkward touch-ups on public transport. And, now with extended shades in the range, you’re sure to locate your perfect match no matter your skin’s undertone or depth. The warmth of your fingers will give you the best results when it comes to an even, blended application of Sheer Glow, but if you prefer tools, a damp sponge or brush will also do the job. Pair it with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to conceal blemishes and under-eye circles for an even, angelic complexion.

Super Radiant Booster

Just when you thought the glow couldn’t get any better, NARS takes it to a supernova-level with this radiant revelation. Available in one universally flattering rosy-gold shade—Isola Rossa is named for a beach in Sardinia, characterised by blinding white sand, turquoise waters and sleepy fishing villages—it’s a creamy multitasker you can use alone, or to amp up the radiance of Sheer Glow. Packed with plant-derived squalane (a natural emollient and great moisturiser) and vitamin E, it’s hydrating and loaded with light-reflecting pigments; the finish is akin to a dusting of superfine glitter. Apply all over your face for a sparkly effect, mix into foundation for a subtle glow, or pat onto the highpoints of your face (cheekbones, cupid’s bow and along the bridge of the nose) for natural radiance. It’s a godsend for creating heavenly skin.

The Skin Deep Eye Palette

The final part of this lustrous lineup is the palette of your dreams. Behold a delicious mix of 12 chocolatey-neutral shades, spanning matte, satin, shimmer, and metallic finishes. The shadows feature NARS’ Pigment Powder Suspension technology, meaning colour payoff is high impact, and the texture is fine and silky. To protect your base from unexpected fallout, apply shadow before you do your foundation. Multipurpose in the truest sense of the word, the palette is ideal for subtle definition, filling in brows, or full-blown drama (just go heavy on the shimmer). Also, the broad spectrum of colours and textures means it’s great for all skin tones. Add a smudged brown liner (we love NARS Velvet Liner in Mambo), and a few coats of Climax mascara, and you’re Penelope Cruz circa Vicky Christina Barcelona—and who doesn’t want that?

Words by Emily Algar
February 2019


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