The word Persepolis conjures up images of Persian women with their exotic kohl-lined eyes and sultry stares. The shimmery sea foam green and royal blue NARS eyeshadow duo of the same name brings up similar images.
Lilan gifted me with the NARS eyeshadow duo a while ago but unfortunately, the colors are too bold to be added it into my daily makeup routine (I work in a typical office environment). The colors are also so vibrant and memorable that I can’t wear it too often as it often overpowers the rest of my makeup and outfit. However, I’m happy to say that I have found a happy medium.
To make the most of NARS’s dynamic eyeshadows, I use them as powder eye liners. I’m sure there are many readers out there who have either received an odd colored shadow color or bought one that ended up being too difficult to use. This trick should work with all those colors and save them from makeup purgatory.
Tools Needed: Slant-Angle liner brush, Smudge Blush and eyeshadow duo
I recommend the Sephora Professionnel Platinum makeup brushes. They are a good value (compared with Shu Uemura and NARS brushes) and most of them are made of natural fibers so they are easier to work with.
Take the smudge brush and press it into the deeper blue shade. Do not rub the brush back and forth in the eyeshadow. Then, gently press the powdered brush (either wet or dry) along the lash line of the top eyelid. Do not drag the brush across the lash line. Instead, continue to dip the brush into the shadow and deposit the color onto eyes.
Repeat steps until the top lash line has been outlined with the darker color. In the case of the Persepolis color kit, the royal blue shadow would line my top eyelid.
Now take the slant-angle liner brush and dip it into the lighter, seafoam green and line the bottom eyelid. Again, do not rub or drag the brush along the lash line, instead press the color onto the brush then gently color on the lower lash line.
Pressing the colors along the lash line, instead of rubbing, saves your brushes from excess wear and tear as well as guarantee that more color will be deposited where you want it instead of dusting around your eye.