This spring, the beloved NARS cosmetics opened its first boutique in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. This 1,400-square-foot store is filled with the brand’s classic products (and new NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Color Collection), three makeup stations and a VIP room for a more personalized experience.
With summer right around the corner, BET.com sat down for a one-on-one consultation with Uzo, the international lead makeup stylist for NARS. Ever since joining the company in 1999, she’s worked with celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Kim Kardashian and Toni Braxton, and has a wealth of tricks up her sleeves for nailing supermodel-esque beauty at home. Ahead, we pick her brain on summertime trends and why she loves working with the gorgeous goddess, Ms. Naomi Campbell.
What are the new NARS offerings you’re most excited about?
Every season we have amazing color, so for summer this year, because NARS is synonymous with fashion, we have a lot of vivid colors to play with — reds, blues, teals, purples...there’s something for everybody.
What are three top trends for summer?
The true blue trend. It is a beautiful blue eyeliner that you put on the inner rim, which I think really makes brown, hazel and amber eyes pop. Then of course, bold color on the lips never goes out of style, and we’re gonna see it again this season for summer. We’re seeing the richest reds, bold oranges, red oranges and fuchsias. And then there’s a complexion trend — barefaced beauty. It’s all about celebrating the natural radiance in the skin.
You’ve done Naomi Campbell’s makeup before. What is her skin like?
When I met her for the first time, I had to pick my jaw off the floor because she’s more beautiful in person than she photographs. I mean, obviously, she is a supermodel and she’s photogenic but to see her in person — her skin, her energy, just Naomi Campbell — she’s stunning. What I found incredible about her skin is that she has freckles across the nose and the upper cheeks — you usually don’t see them in photographs. She takes very good care of her skin. I was like, “Wow. How beautiful.” What are your favorite products to use on her? She is very particular. She doesn’t like foundation looking like foundation. But she wants her skin to be very even-toned. When I did her makeup that day, she pulled out a special serum from her bag to get the skin prepped before I started applying the makeup. I used The Multiple to highlight her skin, and of course, a good concealer to even out any dark spots or uneven skin tone.
Naomi is known for her amazing cheekbones. What’s the best way to accentuate cheeks and still look natural?
This is an interesting question today with the whole craze on contouring and highlighting. I like it to be more three-dimensional versus a hard line that accentuates the cheekbones. I love light to be thrown onto the top of the cheekbones to just give that appearance of radiance and then a pop of color. Actually, more of an apple versus under the cheekbones. If we’re going to try to accentuate the cheekbones and you want it to look more modelesque, I’d do that at night. But during the day, I like a little more fresh.
What about for bringing out the eyes?
For the eyes, use a color like blue or purple and just smudge around the lash line to make it pop. I’m a hardcore smoky eye girl. I like black all over the eye but I think going into summer, it’s not as fresh. I’m thinking about more accentuation just around the lash line versus the entire lid.
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