Backstage Beauty: Colette Dinnigan Natural Beauty by NARS

As a beauty junkie, when I was offered the chance to talk to the lead makeup artist for the Colette Dinnigan show at the Audi Fashion Festival as part of Asia Fashion Exchange held in Singapore last week, I could not utter any other word other than “YES!”. You know why I was so excited? Because the official makeup sponsor for the runway shows was NARS. The much beloved brand of this community.

Colette Dinnigan runway show makeup look is something that could be applicable for an everyday makeup. It’s clean and simple – all about the sheen and natural beauty with an emphasize on the skin. A really glowing one, which looks effortless, yet very hard to achieve. Julyen Loo, the creative hands behind the look showed me how he achieved the look. Skin that looks well hydrated is the key. That’s why he applied lots and lots of NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer onto the models’ skin to prep it. Afterward was the choice of the primer - NARS Radiance Enhancing Light Optimizing Primer, which gives a weightless and oil-free finish but gives a very radiant-sheen to the skin.

The makeup look from Colette Dinigan show

NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer & NARS Radiance Enhancing Light Optimizing Primer

Now the real secret for that beautifully glowing looking skin is by applying NARS Multiple in Copacobana along the cheekbones, nose bridge and a little bit on the forehead. Tap lightly until it’s blended well to create a lit from within glow. Apply this after the primer and before the foundation.

What about the eyes? Start with prepping the canvas – your eyelids – with eye primer or cream eyeshadow. My memory really failed me here as to which product Julyen used, sorry girls. But the soft crease effect was done by using NARS Eyeshadow in Bali to define it lightly, real light handedly. The same product was also used to fill in the eyebrow, which is perfect because it has a matte finish. The NARS Eyeliner Stylo was used because of the sharp felt tip that allows that perfect line and finished off with a volumising mascara such as NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara.

Now, what about blush? NARS is famous for them! But apparently to define the face, NARS Blush in Zen was chosen to create a contouring effect on the cheeks and you can add a bit of NARS Multiple in Copacobana. It looks subtle, yet perfect!

The lips were then coloured in with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle Du Jour, the ultimate nude lipstick. NARS Lip Crayon is a personal favourite of mine, so this colour will definitely go onto my wish list after seeing how versatile this crayon is for an everyday look.

Now those are the four key products to use for an everyday look. Easy, right?