NARS makeup artist Sal Rodriguez talks fall beauty

NARS makeup artist Sal Rodriguez talks fall beauty

Makeup can be either your best friend or worst enemy. It helps to have an expert's eye and opinion to help you through the minefield that is the cosmetic counter. Who better to help than my personal cosmetic guru: Sal Rodriguez from Nars cosmetics. Sal talked with us about fall beauty trends, what products are best to help your skin survive cold Minnesota winters, and his absolute beauty essentials.

Jane Belfry: What big beauty trends are you seeing for fall?

Sal Rodriguez: I'd say the biggest beauty trend that suits everyone is a matte complexion--soft, matte, and polished. Also, there's the return of the femme fatale, so don't be afraid to do a heavy eye and stand out lip.

JB: What products can you recommend to achieve these looks?

SR: Look for water-based foundations that don't feel dry or heavy. Loose powder is back in full force and the Nars Botan brush is ideal for that polished, un-cakey finish. Shades of autumn are best for the new femme fatale. Forget the usual blacks--try shades of plum, burgundy, mustard, and olive green. For lip color think deep berry and jewel tones.

NARS makeup artist Sal Rodriguez talks fall beauty
The new line of Nars Pure Matte lipsticks

JB: How can the average Minneapolitan translate these looks into her everyday life?

SR: My favorite quote from Francois Nars is "Don't be so serious, it's only makeup." I think that women are often all too serious when it comes to trends that are outside of their comfort zone--get out there try the trends and see what suits you!

JB: For the colder months that are fast approaching, what can we do to save our skin?

SR: Water, water, water. Try anything from the Hydra Life line by Dior, it's a drink of water for skin without an oily residue.

JB: What are 3 essentials that you think every girl should have in her makeup bag?

SR: Top 3 must haves...oh so hard! First off, pressed powder with a clean, light finish that is ideal for on-the-go touch-ups. Secondly, Nars' pure matte lipstick in Visuvio. It's a great shade for fall and extremely long wearing. Lastly, the Nars' multiple stick for eyes, cheeks, and lips--you simply can't go without it.

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