BreBeauty Makeup Breakdown: J. Crew Catalog Model

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In this post I breakdown J. Crew catalog model makeup

What you’ll need:

  1. Moisturize and use primer to prep your skin for makeup. Using a foundation brush apply your NARS Sheer Glow Foundation from the center of your face, blending downward and outward. Apply concealer with a concealer brush like NARS Flat Concealer Brush over and under the eyes and wherever additional coverage is needed. Using a large fluffy brush like NARS Loose Powder Brush, set your makeup completely with the pressed powder.
  2. Using a large fluffy powder brush, smile to find the round, fleshy, apple of your cheeks and apply your NARS Nico blush, blending softly up into the hairline for a natural light flush.
  3. Use a soft domed natural bristle brush, like NARS Large Dome Eye Brush to apply NARS The Multiple in Copacabana over the cheekbones in a backward C shape up into the temples for a lit-from-within sheen.
  4. Use a soft eyeshadow brush like NARS Eye Shader Brush, apply NARS eye shadow in Biarritz all over the lid and up to the eyebrows as an all over base.
  5. Apply NARS Voyage eye shadow to the lid and slightly up to the crease, but not above it, following the natural shape of the eye socket. You want the majority of the color and product to be on the lid with this look. Using a clean tapered blending brush, softly blend the lid and all over base eye shadows together until you achieve the desired color, shape, and effect.
  6. Using NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto, starting at the outer lashes and working your way in, apply a thin, tight line to the upper lashes. Drawing the line thinner as you reach the inner corner and tear duct. You can go over the line to smooth it out, even out any mistakes, and make a slightly thicker line on the outer edge. Again, you want the most concentration of color and product to be on the outer edge and corner of the eye. You really want to deposit the product at the base of the lashes, making the lashes look thick and lush and further defining the eye.
  7. Use the NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland on your lower lash line, smudging the product into the lower lashes, smudging out the line to achieve the desired effect. You want the most concentration of color and product to be on the outer edge and corner of the eye. Concentrate on the outer edge and draw the line thinly, bringing it in towards the inner corner of the eye. Softly blend the pencil over the tear duct as an eye opening highlight.
  8. Curl your lashes with the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Get as far back to the eyelid as possible (without pinching!) and pump the curler for ten seconds to really lock in the curl. Apply NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara to the upper lashes only, getting as far back to the root of the lashes as possible for a thick, rich look.
  9. Use a synthetic bristle angle brush to lightly fill in your brows with NARS DUO eye shadow in Portobello. Use short, upward strokes- you’re creating a shadow effect, the illusion that there is slightly more hair.
  10. Line and fill in the lips completely with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square to complete the J. Crew catalog model look.

{The makeup look that inspired the Breakdown}

The J.Crew catalog is not only a source of inspiration for clothes, but for makeup and hair as well. The J. Crew catalog model illustrates clean, dewy, flawless skin, usually a statement making lip, perfectly undone hair, and a simple swipe of mascara on the upper lashes. The lipstick featured in the breakdown is actually often used on the models, and it happens to be the perfect red orange shade. You know the shade that goes with a striped button down, layered underneath a tweed boucle jacket, sparkly crystal necklace, and dark trouser jeans.

What do you think of the J. Crew catalog model look? Would you try it? I hope this breakdown inspires you to try a bright burst of color on your lips as the effect is so pretty and fresh, perfect for fall and anytime of year.

If you have a celebrity, model, TV show, movie, or catalog  makeup look you would like to see a breakdown of sound off in a comment below!

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4 Responses to BreBeauty Makeup Breakdown: J. Crew Catalog Model

  1. Anna says:

    this post is perfection. thanks for sharing, love. I’ve got a new outfit post featuring my favorite Lauren Conrad skirt. Love to hear what you think. xo
    Adventures of a southern girl turned LA stylist.

  2. Teri Roughen says:

    I’m so glad you did this because I’m a huge Jcrew fan. I think the catalog styling is genius. I’m especially fond of the unkept hair and the bright lip! Teri

  3. the lil bee says:

    i LOVE this look, Bre. I don’t think I could pull it off though, but maybe I’m just chicken about a bold lip color like this?! These makeup breakdowns are awesome.

  4. […] and I’ve only recently (in the past year) started buying and wearing lipstick. I blame j.crew catalog models for piquing my interest in bright lips.  Is there a point to nude colored lipstick?  I lucked […]

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