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NARS x Steven Klein Host Epic Event

Francois Nars, Steven KleinLast night was amazing. AMAZING! You have to check out my snapchat @prettyconnected and see the evening NARS planned. It’s been teased for months that NARS Cosmetics is collaborating with renowned photographer, Steven Klein for their holiday collection. While no images had been released the brand hosted an exclusive party at the historic Alder Manor in Yonkers, NY to celebrate the partnership.

NARS Last Resort Collection Featuring the Must-Have Tahiti Bronzer!

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In case you missed the launch NARS Last Resort Collection at their store (and Sephora) it will be available nationally at all NARS counters starting April 1st.  This limited edition collection is inspired by Francois’ love of French Polynesia and of course his amazing island of Motu Tane.  The collection includes:

NARS Fall 2014 Night Caller Collection

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NARS gets us ready for Fall 2014 with their latest Night Caller Collection This collection features an array of dramatic and bold colors which create rich, smoldering looks this fall. Eyes get special attention with intense black liners flecked with rich purple, gold and green pearl and shadows in amethyst and quartz. Lips make a statement with warm reds and cheeks get the perfect hint of color with soft glistening pink.

Lily Kwong, Natalie Joos and DJ Kiss star in NARS Cosmetics film series

NARS Cosmetics Spring Campaign
NARS Cosmetics Spring Campaign

I’ve been a NARSissist far before the NARS Cosmetics adopted that term and used it for their twitter handle. In fact, my love for NARS dates before twitter existed. And I’m sure many of you can relate!

MAKE Launches Aether and is Now Available at Wonderland Beauty Parlor

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MAKE Spring/Summer “The Aether” Collection

If you have a passion for art, designfashion, and/or beauty but have not heard of MAKE, you should check them out!  MAKE has been making waves as the 1st for-benefit cosmetic brand, and was created to change the beauty paradigm. The charming website is a phantasmagoric collection of creative, informative and easily navigable motioned imagery. Since their launch last year they have been encouraging creative self expression to women everywhere through the lens of creative minds across a number of unexpected industries.  MAKE is made in America by MANA which develops

First Look: NARS x Pierre Hardy Collaboration

Pierre Hardy for NARS
From Warhol to Rodarte, NARS Cosmetics has always run the gamut of art and fashion influence infused in their collections. This morning the brand announced their latest collaboration with designer, Pierre Hardy!

Inspired by his Summer 2013 shoe collection, NARS is launching two high voltage blush shades ($41), ROTONDE (tiger lily) and BOYS DON’T CRY (pink grapefruit), featuring Hardy’s signature cubic print design. Additionally the Pierre Hardy for NARS Cosmetics collection will feature

Oscar Favorites: Get the Look! Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, and Gwyneth Paltrow

Last night, we celebrated the 84th annual Academy Awards. With a lot of awards being passed out, I’m giving the best red-carpets looks to to Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara and Gwyneth Paltrow! Although Octavia Spencer also deserves a shout out for glowing head-to-toe in Tadashi Shoji.  Here’s the inside scoop on the beauty looks and how-tos for some of my favorite leading ladies:

EMMA STONE (wearing Giambattista Valli):

HAIR: Emma had a fresh and modern bun with an elegant twist created by Mara Roszak for Couture Colour

“I wanted to keep Emma’s hair structured without feeling too stiff and the bun allowed for her look to be simple and elegant yet fresh,” said Roszak.

She began by using Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment on Emma’s wet hair working the product in from the ends and working up to keep her locks looking healthy and shiny. Roszak then blow-dried it straight keeping it sleek and simple in front. To create the bun, Mara pulled hair into a mid-height ponytail and began wrapping pieces of hair keeping it loose and wide and securing each piece with bobbypin. She then finished the look with Couture Colour’s Pequi Oil Finishing Polish to complete the look.

BODY GLOW: Emma basked in a pastel tan thanks to Rachel Goodwin for St. Tropez, who used their Rose Skin Illuminator on Emma’s arms, shoulders and collar bones to add a pink undertone to compliment her dress.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS (wearing Louis Vuitton):

HAIR: Michelle Williams was fashionably glamorous with her blonde pixie by Chris McMillan for Couture Colour and Wella Professionals.

Chris began by using Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment on Michelle’s short hair to keep it fresh and vibrant without weighing it down. Then applied Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte to wet hair, and let it to air dry. With a small round brush, he finished off with a blow dry to give the hair more height. Then used his hands to set the part and bangs and finish with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to set in place.

Chris says, “The reason I love the Wella products is that they are light and don’t weigh the hair down as the night wears on.  Some stylers can actually make the hair look darker if they’re too heavy, but with the Wella hairspray hair is shiny and touchable.”

GWYNETH PALTROW (wearing Tom Ford):

TAN: Gwyneth Paltrow complemented her white gown (complete with cape) with a  flawless tan created by Leslie Lopez for St. Tropez; using their Gold Skin Illuminator on her cheek bones, brow bone, and collarbone.

MAKEUP: Gwyneth Paltrow then worked with celebrity makeup artist, Leslie Lopez using NARS Cosmetics to enhance her sun-kissed glow.

“It’s elegantly bronzed,” said celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez for NARS Cosmetics. “The dress makes such a statement, but it also has no color, so we needed to create a makeup look that complemented the dress and was still sophisticated enough for the red carpet. I really loved the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer because it gives a sun-kissed look to her skin, and perfect against a white dress!”

Here are the products Leslie used so you can recreate the look:

FACE – NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 PA +++, with Super Orgasm Illuminator patted onto the apples of the cheeks.

EYES – The champagne side of NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow was applied on the eyelid for a pop of gold, followed by a Maybelline brown liquid eyeliner along the lashline. The look was then finished with NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara.

LIPS – NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

As for my other favorite look (and new girl crush), Rooney Mara, she wowed the crowd with her edgy bangs and bold lips; which perfectly contrasted her stunning Givenchy gown. I wish I had more details to offer as it’s now time for me to scour the internet in search of that red lipstick!

Who sported your red carpet look? Leave a comment below or tweet me @PrettyConnected

Backstage at Naeem Khan Fall/Winter RTW Collection

Backstage with Naeem Khan

If you haven’t checked out the pictures from the Naeem Khan Fall/Winter RTW Collection, you should! Inspired by Italian actress Monica Vitti, the designer wanted to do a collection that referenced Italy in the 1960s and capture the beauty of the era. Draped in floor-length dresses, with exotic prints and sparkles; the designs are based on a black, white, cream, and gold color scheme. (the collection can be viewed on style.com).

Minutes before sending his collection down the runway, I was backstage with the designer while the models got primped and primed. And unlike many of the over-the-top looks we’ve seen this fashion week, this is a very achievable hair, makeup and nail look for all of you at home looking to create the look.

HAIR: Bumble and Bumble

LEAD Stylist: Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble

LOOK: Effortless French Twist. Made to look as if it were done in one try.

PRODUCTS USED: Bumble & Bumble’s Thickening Hairspray, Hair Powder, Spray De Mode, and Styling Wax

HOW-TO: Part the hair down the center and spray hair with B&B’s Thickening Hairspray. Blowdry, combing down the sides and spraying B&B’s Hair Powder at the roots. Section the back of the head and blowdry it very smooth in sections. Backcomb just the roots at the crown and mist with Spray De Mode. Pull B&B’s Styling Wax through the hair then mist their Hair Powder all over. Twist up into a French twist pulling at the front hairline to create softness.

MAKEUP: NARS Cosmetics

LEAD STYLIST: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry

LOOK: “The look is all about the precision, sharpness, and blackness of the line,” said James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry. “Everything else has that ‘barely there’ feeling. The eye line has to be really sharp and pointed up towards the temple – it’s not a cat eye, and it’s not a wide eye. It draws the eyes up.”



·         Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++

·         Concealer

·         Loose Powder

·         Sex Appeal Blush


·         Carpates Eyeliner Stylo (new for Fall 2012!)

·         Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara


·         More Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (new for Fall 2012!)

·         Triple X Lip Gloss

NAILS: Creative Nail Design (CND)

LEAD STYLIST: Angi Wingle for CND

LOOK: A seductive blood-red manicure to pop against the black, white, cream, and gold color scheme of the collection.

PRODUCTS USED: CND Colour in Bloodline

More images from backstage

One Day Only: 20% Off NARS Cosmetics

NARS Cosmetics just about NEVER has discounts, so it looks like 11/11/11 is you’re lucky day! Flock to their NYC store then for 20% off, one day only!

Backstage at Honor Fall 2011 Show (plus video of the runway show)

By Heather Wilson, Guest Blogger and Fashion Week Correspondent

“I kept looking back to a moment with my grandmother in a department store. There was a gumball machine that I wanted, but the only one left was housed in a box that was a bit damaged. The idea of something slightly distressed, but still beautiful intrigued me. The colors are warm – there’s a 70s sensibility but in an American sportswear way, ” said designer, Giovanna Randall for her inspiration for the Honor Fall 2011 collection.

James Pecis of Bumble and bumble and lead hair stylist for the show was going for a look that was “light, fluffy, with static fly away hair”. Using all Bumble and bumble products, he began by using Thickening Spray, to help give the hair body and lift for when he blew out the style. Once the hair was curled, he kept the curl soft, and moveable with the Spray de Mode Hairspray.

The other two other must have products to always have on hand for a perfectly styled look is Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray and Texture Cream. They give your hair that “second day after washing your hair look, and holdability,” said Pecis.

The look for the show was finished off with a makeup look designed by NARS Cosmetics International Lead Makeup Artist James Boehmer. “The look is very punky, sort of like a London ‘club kid,’ but there’s a romantic