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M.I.S.S. Beauty: Runway the Reality – Rodarte FALL 2012

Yes, I’m one of those naturally brown girls that loves to use bronzer. I’m not trying to look like I spent my summer on the Jersey Shore – I love using bronzer to define my cheekbones to help my face look slimmer. So when I peeped the NARS beauty interpretation for Rodarte’s Fall 2012 collection, I got a little excited. The look does use bronzer, lots of it in fact, but in an entirely different way.

“We were inspired by Australia for this collection,” say Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy. “We wanted to reference Aboriginals, the outback, and the dust bowl, along with a Victorian reference and bring them together in a rugged way.”

Lead NARS artist, James Kaliardos focuses on the trend of windblown, bronzed skin. “The look is dusty and windblown, bronzed, but not in too glam of a way, ” said Kaliardos. “The lip is contoured with a strong lip”

Kaliardos used the following key products to create the look seen above:

·         Sheer Glow Foundation
·         Laguna Bronzing Powder
·         Madly Blush
·         Vent Glacé Duo Eyeshadow (New for Fall 2012!)
·         Gaiety Blush (on the outer corners of the eyes)
·         Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Now, I understand that this may be a bit much for the office or classroom, shoot it’s a bit much for the beach! Again, we are looking at a runway beauty look that helps convey the designer’s look and ideas. Being the bronzer lover I am, I give it a shot to recreate and make this look my own.

I tried to do a version of the windblown look but I don’t know if you can see it from this picture. I did have a bit of a lighting challenge when photographing, that’s why I decided to take my full face shot with flash. It may not look like a lot of bronzer but trust me in person my cheeks were very bronzed, borderline dusty looking. I also skipped the application of bronzer to the tops of my eyebrows. I felt it was a bit much.

I used the following:

Face: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted MoisturizerSPF 30/PA+++ (Annapurna)/NARS Casino bronzer (deep brown with golden shimmer) for contour, NARS Irresistiblement (matte terracotta) as blush at an angle upward to my temples, MAC Gingerly (bronzed peach) on top of Irresistiblement – applied at the apples of my cheeks with the brush moving downward to my jawline.  I also used NARS Multiple in South Beach (shimmering apricot) as a highlighter – top of my cheekbones to temples.


NARS Multiple South Beach used all over the eye. NARS Desire (bright pink) applied as an outer-v accent. Eyeliner was not used in the original runway look but I did used NARS Larger than Life Long-wear eyeliner in Via Veneto (matte black) on my inner top water line – this technique is called tight lining. It’s useful to make your lashes look thicker but it does takes practice to line this area because you have to flip your eyelid up to line and yes, it’s a bit uncomfortable. Finish with lots of layers of black mascara, I used Armani’s Eyes to Kill.


Lined with MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl (soft dirty rose) and NARS Pure Matte lipstick in Montego Bay (rose pink)

I would wear this look out on a summer weekend but I would tone down the bronzer a bit. Plus, it’s a pretty high maintenance look and I’m sure it would tack on an extra twenty minutes to my makeup routine. That’s twenty minutes I could spend outside playing with my daughter getting a natural bronzey tan!

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