NARS make-up artist and friend of HQhair, David Scheffen popped into the HQhair office yesterday to show us the highly anticipated NARS Holiday collection (which will be on our shelves from November 1st) and to test out some looks on us from the collection. It’s a hard job but somebody has to do it! Whilst he was here he also answered some questions from our fans on Facebook:

How do you achieve the “Smokey eye look” without looking like someone has given you two black eyes?- From Ruth Duncan

 

Make sure that when you apply the dark colour on your mobile lid, you stop at the crease and then blend it a little bit higher.
If you apply the colour higher and then blend it you have got too much colour on your eyelid and it will look too heavy.
Also you use a cream or a pencil on your mobile lid first so the colour you apply on top of it doesn’t move.

What is the number one NARS product for a teenager? From Jennifer Helen O’Neill

Multiple stick! You can use it on your eyes, cheeks and lips.
They are lots of shades and they will compliment different skin tones and moods.
My favourites are Maldives and South Beach.

Any Tips for a budding make-up artist? From Junaki Begum

Make sure you have a good “book” with a large range of images from beauty to fashion (you can go on lots of website that put you in touch make-up artists, hairdressers, stylists and photographers looking to do test shoots together, it’s also a great way to network).
I’ve an oval face I use a bronzer under my cheekbones & use blusher on the cheekbone BUT find it can make my face look longer, any alternate ways 2 make my cheekbones pop? From Michelle Passmore Neé Averies
Using a cream bronzer like Cap Vert draw a line underneath your cheekbones and blend upwards then use a cream  high lighter like Copacabana on your cheekbones before you apply blusher to make your cheekbones pop.

You can also use a touch of bronzer on your temple and blend it in the hairline and finish by applying it on your jawline, blend it upwards and downwards to give your face more definition.

Can you achieve a dewy look on mature skin? Are high gloss or shimmering products a no-go for ladies with laughter lines? From Pete Smith

You can achieve a beautiful dewy look on a more mature skin, it’s actually much more youthful and flattering.
Just use products that have light reflecting qualities but no glitter. Also the formulation are so much better now they don’t really sit in the lines and for even better result you can use a face primer with high grade silicon like our Pro Prime first to smooth the face and diffuse the light.

Coconut grove is my all time favourite eyeshadow, but I normally wear it with neutral colours, can you advise something bolder/more unique to wear with it (mangrove or daphne maybe?) – I have blue eyes. From Liz Berry

Coconut grove is a great basic colour that looks amazing blended with a large number of different colours:
– for a more modern effect you can use Iceland duo eyeshadow over it to make it almost 3D with purple-ish reflects.
– Mixed with Carravagio or Jolie Poupee it will compliment the blue of your eyes.
– And wait for the new collection coming out the 1st of November, there is a beautiful sheer gold that will make it pop.

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