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By Taylor Barringer for ELLE
ELLE.com sat down with NARS international makeup stylist Uzo—part of Francois Nars’ inner circle—to create an easy-to-do, brightening makeup look that will help you fake a full eight hours of sleep.
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Uzo, who's all about prepping the skin with moisturizer before applying makeup, used the iconic NARS the Multiple in Copacabana to add illumination to the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose.
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"At NARS, foundation application starts with your hands. Your fingers blend so much better than a sponge or a brush, and it's quicker," says Uzo. Here, she applied a light foundation for a "sheer veil all over the face."
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"I recommend a little bit of foundation under the eyes before applying concealer. Women tend to use too much concealer," says Uzo, "so let the foundation even you out first, then use the concealer if you need it."
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Uzo added a bright pop of color to the cheeks with another NARS the Multiple stick, in G Spot. "I like to use color on the apples and in the hollows of the cheek so it's not too contoured, but more brightening."
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"I like to use powder only where needed," says Uzo. Here, that means around the nose and across the cheekbones to help blend out the cream blush.
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Uzo used NARS Seduction Blush to add another, bright pop of color to the skin. Layering will not only insure that the look lasts all day, but will give dimension to your cheeks.
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Clean skin and a bright pop of color on the cheeks work for an everyday natural look. But, in a few more steps you can take a daytime palette to one that is more dramatic.
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"A big color right now is fuchsia. It's a great alternative to red and brightens the face up a lot." Here, Uzo used NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 413 BLKR, a bright pink matte color all over to define the lips.
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Lip pencil all over the lip will last longer than just gloss alone. Uzo topped the look off with a shiny, lacquered lip gloss.
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Bright cheeks and glossy lips make the eye area (devoid of makeup) appear more awake.
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For those who want a look that goes from day to night, add a deep lipstick in a terracotta red color, like NARS Dressed to Kill Lipstick.
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Uzo recommends applying lipliner after lipstick in this instance. "That way, it's softer, and you can blend the color easier." Here, she used a bright red lipstick to define and brighten the lips.
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"Another quick way to brighten the eyes is by applying a neutral pencil to the inner rims. White pencils can be too harsh." Uzo applied NARS Larger Than Live Eye Liner in Rue Bonaparte to the bottom waterline only.
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Keep the eyes open and bright by applying a shimmery metallic gold color to the lids. Uzo applied a cream shadow from the lash line to slightly above the crease. When you have a bold lip, you can skip eyeliner, like Uzo did here.
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Finish with two coats of mascara on both the top and bottom after curling.
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Here, a bright-eyed, colorful, and more awake look is created using minimal products. It's the pop of colors that work together with correct concealer and foundation application to make the area around your eye appear lighter and more illuminated.
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