Art of the Brush

Art of the Brush

I tend to joke that YouTube taught me how to “be a girl.” User RiannStar’s mystical trick of curling hair with a flat iron, TV personality Lauren Conrad’s secret behind winged eyeliner and dozens of other YouTube tutorials have served as my amateur cosmetology school. With 24/7 availability and tons of close-ups, the videos make it easy to practice, but a recent trip to the new NARS makeup boutique in SoHo showed me the invaluable rewards of in-person learning with a skilled professional. In a 60-minute lesson, head artist Kristen Bacino taught me how warm up my fair skin with an apricot hue, enhance my green eyes with smoky shadow and mask my blemishes without a trace. She thoroughly explained her brush techniques and reasons behind color choices, which makes it easy to replicate the look at home with the essential oil-based cosmetics from NARS. The SoHo boutique (François Nars’s second in the city) offers application sessions, in addition to the classes, and tons of products from the NARS brand. You can read more about the shop in the January issue of IN New York magazine. While I’m still trying to master the beauty procedures from YouTube videos, the skills I learned at NARS have almost become muscle memory—crucial to the success of this night owl’s morning regimen.

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