NARS’ Magic Wands
When I chatted with NARS Cosmetics makeup artist Ayako backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim last season, she was enthusiastically applying coat after coat of mascara to the army of Tao Okamoto doppelgängers that passed through her station. Why all the enthusiasm, you ask? Ayako wasn’t using just any mascara to get the lash intensity Lim was after. Rather, she had the pleasure of playing with NARS’ highly anticipated Larger Than Life mascaras months before their release date. Boasting a formula enriched with vitamin E and macadamia nut oil, the deep pigment product duo uses different bristled brushes for a lengthening and volumizing effect. As something of a mascara maven, I tested them out, one on each set of lashes, to see just how well they measured up. The lengthening tube provided perfectly separated dark fringe while the volumizer’s bulkier brush added density. When I layered the two together I got the “are those her real lashes?” appearance I was going for.