Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Space NK Nars: Meet the Master Andrew Gallimore event

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a +NARS Cosmetics Meet the Master, Andrew Gallimore event at +Space NK apothecary Knightsbridge.  A two hour behind the scenes masterclass with the wonderman himself, make-up artist ambassador for Nars showing us how he created the new Audacious campaign, sharing some of his top tips all whilst experimenting on ourselves with expert help.


Nars Cosmetics Narssist Meet the Master Andrew Gallimore Space NK

Nars Cosmetics Narssist Meet the Master Andrew Gallimore Space NK

Throughout the first hour a room filled with 24 excited customers were captivated at Andrew's every word, taking notes, watching his every move and already thinking about their 'shopping list'.  On stage at the front of the room were two beautiful ladies who Andrew worked his magic on, one more mature and one younger, detailing step-by-step how he achieved the Audacious campaign image.  A minimalistic, fresh yet lash focused finish that left us all in awe.

The second hour was then our turn, each of us removed all makeup from our faces and had a go recreating a similar look on ourselves with the help of our designated Nars master.  Myself and the lovely lady in my pair were allocated the absolutely wonderful Cherelle, who was a babe helping us through every step of the way, even sharing her tips and tricks with us.  Throughout this hour Andrew was also walking around speaking to each and every one of us which left me slightly starstruck!

At a first glance at our workstations was a little gift from Nars, a selection of brushes, a mixing station and the laptop, you might even say the best laptop you could ever dream of...

Nars Cosmetics Narssist Meet the Master Andrew Gallimore Space NK

Nars Cosmetics Narssist Meet the Master Andrew Gallimore Space NK

First though the gift three deluxe samples of Orgasm blusher, Nars Skin Optimal Brightening Concentrate and Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, all perfectly sized for travelling or being on the go.  I'm more than excited to get playing with these, especially the lip pencil!

Nars Cosmetics Narssist Meet the Master Andrew Gallimore Space NK

Nars Cosmetics Narssist Meet the Master Andrew Gallimore Space NK

Nars Cosmetics Narssist Meet the Master Andrew Gallimore Space NK

Now we're on to the laptop which contained a selection of 14 single eyeshadows, 12 eyeshadow doubles, 8 blushers and 2 bronzers, I can see the angels coming back to me again...


Nars Cosmetics Narssist Meet the Master Andrew Gallimore Space NK

I did warn you it was heaven...

Using a selection of Nars products from skincare, makeup and tools we were all able to use a selection of items in a bid to create our own Audacious look.  Cherelle was absolutely fantastic, guiding us through, answering all questions and had the most wonderful personality/sense of humour which made the night even more enjoyable, thank you Cherelle!!

After our hour was up we were given the option to purchase any Nars products we wanted, which was dangerous but definitely happened, and all of these shall be coming up in another post so watch this space!

The whole night from atmosphere to staff, to makeup, to the spectacular Andrew Gallimore himself was absolutely exquisite.  If you get the option to attend one of these events with Space NK I highly recommend them, not only do you get to meet one of the greatest makeup artists but you get the chance to learn tips and tricks of the trade to help you.

Here's my top 5 tips I picked up from the night:

1.  If you find your mascara has gone a bit clumpy, especially on the bottom lashes, get a cotton bud and soak it in a non-oil makeup remover, then gently brush it over your lashes.  This will slightly melt the mascara meaning it coats your lashes a lot better.

2.  Instead of tightlining your eyes take a flat brush and pop some mascara on the back of your hand.  Next pop the end of the end of the brush in to the mascara then press this along your lashline to give you a fuller looking lash with that extra bit of dimension with no torture manoeuvre!

3.  If like me, you're not a fan of matte lipsticks a fantastic trick which means I can now wear them (thank you Cherelle), is to put your lipgloss on first and the put the matte lipstick on top which leaves you with a semi matte/satin finish.  It's brilliant!!

4.  Keep the base light and fresh, if you have imperfections, we aren't perfect so they are okay.  Having the dewy light base sets you up for an Audacious look.

5.  When applying lashings of the jaw-dropping Audacious mascara keep the base of your eyelid simple by using a light wash of a golden shadow, let the lashes do the talking they deserve.


Thank you SpaceNK and your Nars team for organising a one of a kind evening.


xo

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