From the category archives:

-NARS

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3rd: Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart Summer 2015 Makeup 1

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Jill Stuart has always been known for its princessy look, and recently it has been bringing out products with particularly eye-catching packaging. Ribbon Couture Eyes and Everlasting Silk Powder Foundation Flawless Perfection have certainly caught my attention, and Forever Juicy Oil Rouge from the brand’s summer 2015 Juicy Lush makeup collection looks adorable as well.

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NARS Christopher Kane Summer 2015 Makeup 1

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(info from narscosmetics.co.uk & www.fashion-press.net)

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NARS has released a makeup collection in collaboration with British fashion designer Christopher Kane for summer 2015. The limited-edition Neoneutral collection includes:

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NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Summer 2015 Makeup 1

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Some of NARS‘ blushers have reached cult-classic status, but I haven’t been very interested in them. Many of them are either too warm or too shimmery (or both) for me. However, the new Dual-Intensity Blush for summer 2015 is looking quite promising.

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Purple is a versatile color. It can be cute, sensual, sophisticated, vibrant, and edgy. It has also been one of my favorite colors for many years. (See my A Splash of Color: Lilting Lilac (Part 1), (Part 2) & (Part 3).) After a relatively short hiatus, it is great to see purple back on trend for spring 2014. Here are my top 10 purple picks for this season:

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1. Shu Uemura Silk Cushion Eye Shadow in Amethyst Purple

Shu Uemura Spring 2014 Makeup Trend 1

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(info from www.cosme.net, www.biteki.com,
i-voce.jp & www.maryquant.co.jp)

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Mary Quant Spring 2013 Makeup Trend 1

(Mary Quant Eye Opener Selection 2013 Spring in I)
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For spring 2013, among many fairly colorful makeup collections from various brands, pink and green seem to be two of the trend colors. There is a range of pink hues, from soft peachy pinks to dramatic fuchsia pinks. On the other hand, green has been a key shade for some time (spring 2012 and fall 2012). The palettes from Mary Quant (above) and YSL (below) include both shades.

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Nars Fall 2012 Makeup Trend 1(combining two trends: Nars Trio Eyeshadow in High Society)
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(images from www.cosme.net unless otherwise noted)

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Purple and green have emerged as the dominant colors for fall 2012. Continuing from the spring 2012 makeup trend, green is still a key player. On the other hand, I am glad that purple is back on trend.

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Givenchy Spring 2012 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.parfumsgivenchy.jp)

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After purples for spring 2011 and blues for fall 2011 (as well as warm-toned and cool-toned neutrals, which have been taking turns to be on-trend in the last few seasons), we have green in its various hues for spring 2012.

Givenchy‘s spring 2012 Instant Bucolique makeup collection features a strong visual (above) and makes a statement with a fresh and spring-like minty green in Le Prisme Eyes Quartet in 79 Bucolic Blossoms. A very similar shade is seen in Venis Please in 178 Bucolic Lily.

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NARS Fall 2011 Makeup Trend 1(NARS fall 2011)
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Without a doubt, blue is one of the trend colors for fall 2011. Compared with gray from spring 2011, blue can often offer the same depth but with more vibrancy. This season, it is more about an intense smoky look with blue, but there are also softer alternatives.

A bright cobalt blue, NARS‘ Single Eyeshadow in Outremer (below) is one of the most striking blues of fall 2011. Its matte finish and high pigmentation level will surely please those who go for a bolder look.

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Givenchy Summer 2011 Makeup Trend 1(Givenchy summer 2011 makeup collection)
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Summer makeup colors are usually a mixture of earthy bronze-toned hues and more vibrant shades, so rich colors are always around for summer. But, looking at some of the upcoming summer 2011 makeup collections, I think the last time when there was such a full-on array of dazzling colors was probably back in 2005.

(It was the year of Dior’s Duo Couleurs in 265 Diormambo (fuchsia pink & yellow) & 355 Diortropic (green & warm blue), YSL’s Bayadère Eyeshadow & Bayadère Pressed Powder, Chanel’s Lumières Facettes in 58 Lagons, and Givenchy’s Summer Eyes Cream in 31 Summer Pastel (more photos here).)

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Dior Spring 2011 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.iswii.com)

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After a few seasons of warm neutrals, grey emerges as one of the hottest shades for spring 2011. The looks that incorporate grey are chic and sophisticated, with a feel of low-key glamour. Meanwhile, surprisingly, purples are still at center stage, and, for this season, they are teaming up with warm neutrals for a natural but defined look.

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Silvers & Greys

Dior leads the rest of the field with an ultra-chic Gris Montaigne makeup collection. All the new eye makeup items are grey-toned, and the color theme extends to lip and nail items. You will also find greys in collections from other trend setters such as Guerlain and NARS.

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