A couple weeks ago, my friend (and regular blog model) Peruana dropped off a NARS lipstick that she was struggling with -- we have a similar skin tint, but I'm more olive and she's that fantastic mixture of mauve and gold that can wear every nude lip I've wanted my whole life.
And thus Heat Wave made its way into my life. If I'm going to start off with an orange-red, why wouldn't it be so bright it's almost neon? That's just how I roll, kids. This intense, fire-engine-but-oranger red will pop right off your face. I tried to Instagram a photo and my camera turned it neon pink -- that's how bright it is. The texture is the same as my other NARS semi-matte, Schiap. I do find NARS's lipsticks to be a tad drying, but the colours I have I love to pieces, so I can't complain. I typically run a lipbalm over my lips, let it sink in for a minute and wipe off all the excess. You can do this with a cotton swab, but I usually just grab a tissue and really soak up all the excess moisture. Then I apply straight from the bullet to get that ultra opaque, bright finish. A lip brush will just tone down any neon potential this sort of colour can give you.
Since this is so bright, I try to tone down the rest of my face. Starting with a very sheer base (usually just enough concealer to get rid of any blemishes), I pair it with NARS cream eye shadow in Etrusque. If I want to be super NARS-y, I'll run the South Beach Multiple over my cheekbones and finish with a black pencil liner. Don't forget to layer a couple of mascaras for an extra-feathery look.
I'm already itching for another NARS lip. Any recommendations?