FOTD: Metallic Eye With Shimmery Cheek by NARS National Artist Austin Mark

To make sure I look fabulous for the NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Book Signing Event, NARS National Artist Austin Mark gave me a golden brown metallic eye paired with a shimmery cheek and neutral lip. Read on for a step-by-step breakdown!

NARS makeover by National Artist Austin Mark

Metallic gold eye makeup with contoured cheeks

Austin started off with my skin. He mixed my favorite Sheer Glow Foundation with Brightening Serum on the back of his hand before applying onto the skin in a dabbing motion. To bring out my cheekbones, he applied a generous amount of Copacabana Illuminator and blended it up towards my temples. Next, he dabbed The Multiple in Riveria directly on my cheeks before blending it out with a brush. To finish, he added a dusting of Highlighting Blush Power in New Order right on top of the cheekbones to really make them pop.

When I told Austin about the dramatic smoky eye I got during my makeover with NARS National Artist Francine Phillips, he decided to give me a bit more color on the eyes. He started by applying Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base all over my eyelid and brows. Then, he filled in my eyebrows with Single Eyeshadow in Bali using short, feathery strokes. Next, he dabbed Cream Eyeshadow in El Dorado onto my browbone and crease as a base. Using a brush, he applied the left side of Duo Eyeshadow in Kuala Lumpur onto the eyelid and the right side of Kuala Lumpur onto the crease. After blending everything, he added Single Eyeshadow in Galapagos on the upper outer V and lower lashline to smoke out the look. Since I’m already wearing my favorite Makeup For Life Lashes in #Sweet Sixteen on the outer corner of the eye, Austin only added a coat of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara before drawing a thin line along my upper lashes with Eyeliner Stylo in Nuits Blanches.

To balance out the strong eye makeup, Austin wanted to keep my lips simple. He outlined my lips with Lipliner Pencil in Borneo to give them a bit of definition then added Lip Gloss in Ophelia all over. The final step was a dab of Lipgloss in Moon Fleet on the center of the lips for a highlighting effect.

Extra Beauty Tips From Austin

* To create the ultimate dewy look, mix your liquid foundation with NARS Brightening Serum.

* For brow color that looks natural yet lasts, forget the pencil and applyvNARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Basevonto the eyebrows before filling them in with a powder.

* Since your bone structure can feel different when your eyes are closed, the best way to locate your crease is to put your brush directly into your socket with your eyes open.

Thank you Austin for creating this super cool look on me! Remember Check back for pictures of what I picked up!

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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