NARS-Centric Face Base

It’s very rare that one brand manages to cover every single face base step for me on a daily basis. Giorgio Armani has never even accomplished that – though I lurve their foundation and bronzer offerings, I’ve never given their concealers a chance. Laura Mercier probably comes closest, given my love for their tinted moisturiser and concealers, but bronzer-wise I’ve never found anything that matched up to my faux glow favourites. But NARS? Well they are just sort of ticking all the right boxes and the following three products have been pretty much been on daily repeat dominating my face base category exclusively. Given that I’ve been using this trio so darn much they’ll come as no surprise but I thought I’d cobble together some quick one-liners as to why they’ve reached everyday grabbing status and show you what they look like when they are expertly smooshed on my face (VDM trivia: I actually sported this threesome in my Charlotte Tilbury post)…

Firstly I stroke on a decent pump of the Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturiser in Alaska which gives glow, coverage and a healthy dose of colour to my chops. Then I go in with their Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla under my eyes, down the centre of that nose (still sporting that Rudolph nozzle) and around the edges. For both of these I use the ‘Hand Palette’ method that I mentioned in today’s morning post. To finish it off I use a product that has been at the forefront of my rotation for a good two years. Is that going to change anytime soon? No I think not. NARS Bronzer in Laguna is the compact in question and it’s just ah-mazing. Not too orangey, reddish or brown – it tops up my tan whatever time of the year and I find the bigger the brush the better when it comes to application. Cheekbones, temples and chest get a good dusting before I move on to the non-NARS-centric part of my routine.

I thought I could use this post as a bit of a NARS wishlist kickstarter. Anything else from them that I need to add to my kit? Who knows maybe I’ll reach the dizzying levels of  an exclusively NARS face…



    I recently got a gift set from NARS and I am loving it! really want to try their foundations (need to get rich first) on a side note, your eyes look blooming amazing!

  • Laura

    You would love Luster, I think 🙂

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    I’m nearly at the end of my Laguna and i’m dreading the day it ends, such a perfect perfect bronzer!

  • emma

    if i could only use nars for the rest of my life, i would be happy! X

  • Cato

    Love the make up! What’s on your eyes and lips Please? Love the colours! X

  • Amanda

    You look beautiful Anna xx

  • Rafaela

    Their blushes are a must, definately. Particularly love Douceur, Luster and the cream blush in Penny Lane. Their lipstick are gorgeous as well. Dolce vita velvet matte is so pretty and put together, and Cruella is the perfect winter red!
    And their lipstick in Casablanca is onmy wish list!

  • Ivana

    The Giorgio Armani Maestro concealer is actually pretty decent for covering both spots and under-eye bags. The NARS is a bit thicker though, and has more shade offerings. Definitely try the Kalahari eyeshadow duo and the Mexican Rose lip pencils! They are staples in my bag 🙂

  • kikitsa

    what eyeshadow did you use? you are ssooo beautiful!!!!!

  • Katie Allen

    What eyeshadow are you wearing?

  • Mika Avila

    You’re so gorgeous! Oh and this is random but I heard the YSL Babydoll mascara is really similar to the L’oreal Telescopic? If you agree, I’ll buy it ASAP! 😀

  • NARS does make some amazing bases which is very evident form the amazing pic up here!

  • Cynthia Li

    Seriously what color are you wearing on your eyes? It’s gorgeous!

  • Hes

    NARS is my weakness as well. In addition to their tinted moisturizer and concealer, I use the duo eyeshadow in cordura on the daily.

  • NARS owns my face. It’s that simple. Tinted moisturizer, foundation, concealer, setting powder…it’s all in my collection. It all started with finally finding a shade to match my skin. From then on out, it was love!

  • Anya Cross

    Nars is slowly becoming one of my favourite brands1 I adore their Sheer Glow foundation so I think its time to invest in a few more pf theor products. Hello radiant concealer!

  • I have always loved NARS!!! I cannot wait for the day when I have at least tried one of ever product!!!

  • Carrie Ward

    I love and have all of those products, but also their blushers and eye shadows are kick ass. Also did I mention their lip pencils and lipsticks? Napoli has got to be one of my fav lipsticks ‘My lips but better shade’ it’s like a nudey,peachy,orangey,browny shade.

  • dannii ofe

    this is exactly my daily base! i’m thinking to try the nars light reflecting setting powder, it sounds brilliant! nars could easily take over every step of my makeup, although i’m yet to try anything brows or mascara related. you should definitely check out the nars lipstick in toledé, the perfect everyday pinky nude, i wrote a review if you’d like to check it out x

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    I really want to try that concealar! I’ve heard such good things.

  • Danielle

    Great post! I love the NARS Tinted Moisturizer. That is a go-to staple for me. I have Laguna and the Creamy Concealer, but they are just okay.. I want to love them more than I actually do.

  • Bella

    That’s my every day base. Except for the days on which I use Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in place of the Tinted Moisturiser ;). I also love their Larger than Life Volumising Mascara , many of their blushes (but we are totally different skintones so I cannot recommend any for you) and I can never resist their eyeshadow palettes. If you still have the opportunity and haven’t checked out the Ride Up To The Moon and Fairy’s Kiss palettes, then do :).
    In terms of eyeshadow duos, I’d say you MUST try Cordura and Kalahari.
    I also always use the recommendations on the website for accompanying lip products when I buy a blush (since we don’t have Nars in The Netherlands) and that has never let me down.

  • Ellen Findley

    I wish I could quit NARS…

    I love the concealer and the tinted moisturizer. I also have their stick concealer, Sheer Glow, Deep Throat blush, and Lhasa eyeshadow. I think I may have a problem.

  • Ellen Findley

    Also, Anna, you look even more lovely than usual in this photo! uwu

  • Ella

    I haven’t actually tried any base products by nars – the horror! Their eyeshadows go unbeaten though.

  • Maddy Cane

    Love the eyes, so so pretty! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Britta

    NARS lip pencils (the chubby ones) are the best lip products, plus they have great lipstick.. But I’m a fairly loyal NARS user when it comes to makeup sooo I may be a bit biased..

  • Saskia

    I’ve wanted to try the creamy concealer and their tinted moisturiser for a while! I have the laguna bronzer and just adore it so would love to delve further into their face products!

    Lovely post idea anna 🙂

    Saskia x

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  • Ila

    Look at those eyes! beautiful 🙂 Ok NARS is on my must must must try list! I wish it was a bit cheaper though :/

    Ila x

  • Cass

    Single eyeshadow in Lola Lola, you would totally love it and would compliment those gorgeous eyes. Nars is one of my faves too, quality every time!

  • Pink Elephant Blog

    I love Nars products, I rarely hate anything I buy from Nars 😉 Your eyes look absolutely gorgeous, what eyeshadow are you wearing?? 🙂 xx

  • Your eyes looking amazing! Looooove the makeup you’re wearing, might finally have to give Nars a go 😉 x

  • PeonyandPeach

    All 3 are now added to my wish list and I can’t decide which to try first. . .maybe the bronzer? I love the Nars Multiples, they just blend amazingly well and look so natural, they are definitely my fave Nars product by far! I love their blushers and eyeshadows too, standard.

  • Oh my gosh your skin is just PERFECT! 🙂 Gorgeous! And I love NARS too. x

  • Your skin looks flawless!

  • Claudia

    not to seem rude – but did you photoshop your face? sorry, but your skin looks really retouched in this picture… and not in a good way :/

    • Laura

      This I don’t get ^

      Her skin looks so fresh and natural

  • Christine Stevens

    The NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita is probably the most perfectly flattering, my lips but better neutral there is out there. In fact, the lipsticks, which don’t get nearly as much attention as they deserve, have one of the best formulas I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot). They have just the right amount of pigment and shine. The matte eyeshadows are pretty fab, and I’ve heard really great things about the loose light reflecting setting powder they’ve just come out with…

    Fab post, as usual!

  • jadiee bevan

    I want this

  • Nars Deep Throat is my forever favorite blush. Hands down.

  • Cassie

    I love the Nars laguna bronzer. It’s perfect.

  • Lorna Kelso

    You look particularly beautiful in this photo Anna. Can you give us a quick run down of what’s on your eyes and lips please?

  • I love NARS so much right now…. I have become addicted to their products. I have their foundation, concealer, blusher, eyeshadows, powder, bronzer and I could go on. Their products are just amazing quality, I’m obsessed haha! Xx

  • Iced Americano

    love, love, love!

    You and lily have inspired me to start up my own blog.
    I just wrote reviews on 3 cleansing balms (one of which is EH that I tried per your recommendation!) If you can give me any feedbacks, it will be greatly apprecited 🙂

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  • BlondieBombsBeautyTricks

    I really want to try that Tinted Moisturizer, your skin looks amazing!

  • Océane D

    I am a huge fan of NARS like… I love nars just so much ahha I haven’t tried the tinted moisturizer though! You look lovely in the photo!

  • Victoria Larroque

    nars pure matte lipstick in terre de feu is beautiful!

  • Ok so now I need all of these products!
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  • Bnii

    Even i’m in the shade alaska :)) i really need to try their concealers now 🙂

  • hmenchel

    nars red square lip pencil!

  • I’ve been hearing so much about this NARS concealer – I may have to give it a go! My favorite NARS product is the matte lip pencil in Dolce Vita. Gorgeous everyday lip color that I like to dab on my cheeks too for a subtle flush 🙂

  • MJ

    Their tinted moisturizer is my favorite TM! I purchased a backup before sadly moving to a Nars-less country. Their new radiant cream compact foundation looks SO good but sadly doesn’t seem suitable for my skin type 🙁
    Other things I love: eyeshadow duos and singles (Brousse and Ashes to Ashes are my fave); multiples (I can’t wait for the matte ones to be released–especially in the Laguna shade); optimal brightening concentrate for mixing into foundation on special occasions; my favorite lipsticks (satin and sheer formulas) I think you would LOVE their satin lipstick in Niagra… Sadly I could go on but I’m starting to feel guilty for owning a mini Nars counter.