5, 4, 3, 2, 1. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Okay, okay I might be about 16 hours premature but there’s nothing like getting in the spirit a little early! Whether you love or loathe New Years Eve (I’m somewhere in the middle, there’s always just a little too much expectation for my liking) you have to admit that it’s one of the only times of the year when it’s acceptable to wear ALL of the gold, glitter and sequins!
When I was very kindly gifted some of the pieces from the Nars Man Ray Holiday Collection first of all I couldn’t quite believe my luck and secondly, I just knew the products would be absolutely perfect for the festive season and more specifically New Years Eve. As a photography graduate I’m familiar with May Ray’s work so was super excited to find out more about the collaboration. His philosophy as a fashion photographer was to ‘do something different’ and that motto has most certainly been applied by François Nars to the 2017 holiday collection.
Ready for a closer look at some of the products in the collection? First up is the Debauched Eyeshadow Duo which consists of a black violet shade and a smoky charcoal with red shimmer. Although I usually tend to be a tad boring when it comes to eyeshadow and usually stick to my brown/nude tones this palette is a brilliant way to step out of my comfort zone and try something a little bit different. After all, can you really go wrong with a shimmer shade over the festive period?!
Not got a whole lot of time before heading out but still want to nail the smoky eye? That’s where the Santiago Velvet Eyeliner comes in! A gorgeous chocolate brown shade it’s perfect for blending out to create an intense yet 0h-so simple look. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can!
To add a pop of colour to the look there is the Fetishized blush which is a gorgeous pink grapefruit shade. Although it looks a little alarming in the pan due to its bright pink tone it really does just add a natural-looking flush to your complexion which is exactly what I look for in a blush.
I’m an absolute sucker when it comes to highlighter so I was beyond excited to be able to add both the Copacabana Illuminator and the Orgasm Illuminator to my every-growing beauty stash. Both add the perfect glowy accent to your complexion and can either be worn all over the face or used as a highlighter as I have done. I am partial to a cooler toned highlight so have been leaning more towards using the Copacabana Illuminator on a daily basis.
And finally is the Photogloss Lip Lacquer in Muse which admittedly is slightly different to my standard nude or red colour choice but it really is the most gorgeous gold shade and would definitely help to add a pop to your glitzy NYE look. I’ll let you know if I’m brave enough to try it out…
The Man Ray Holiday Collection is made up of so many gorgeous products that are perfect for adding a touch of glam to your festive look. Although some are a little ‘out there’ there are still plenty of pieces that can take the place of your beauty staples. I definitely still have my eye on adding the Overexposed Glow Highlighter to my collection as I’m an absolute sucker for a good golden glow!
Do you have a go-to makeup look for NYE? Will you be going full on glam or keeping things simple?
*I was very kindly gifted these products from Nars but all thoughts and opinions are my own.