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Nars’ new highlighter gives a perfect afterglow

January 18, 2010 |  3:00 pm

 NARS Orgasm Illuminator - Lo Res

It started with a blush that gives you a glow from the inside pop of color.  Nars Orgasm blush has long been a favorite of many famous faces as well as a perfect everyday color for a range of skin tones. It followed up with Orgasm lip gloss and nail polish and coming Feb. 1 Orgasm Illuminator hits beauty counters.
A couple of celebrities got a sneak peak of the new product, wearing it on their faces and bodies and sporting a subtle peachy-gold shimmer.

Makeup artist Kristofer Buckle used the Nars Orgasm Illuminator on Christina Aguilera and Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies. 

Keep reading for a step by step of how Buckle gave Aguilera and Margulies their flawless skin.

Christina Aguilera - 1

“I wanted to create a soft natural look on Christina to complement her gown and new haircut,” said Buckle. “Her dress choice was a beautiful pastel peach with silver. I didn’t want the look to fight with her gown. The final look is chic and seamless, with an earthy-colored smoky eye and glowing skin."


Use the Balancing Moisture Lotion and apply the Makeup Primer as a base.
Apply Firming Foundation and set with pressed powder.


Apply the vanilla side of India Song Duo Eye shadow as a base, over the entire lid and up to the eyebrow.

Next, use the shimmering walnut shade of India Song Duo eye shadow and apply to the outer corner and under the bottom lash line.

Then, use the warm, rich brown side of Cordura Duo Eye shadow just under the eye, rubbing into the lower lash line to create a smoky eye.

Curl the eyelashes and apply a coat of Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara to top and bottom lashes, following with two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara for full lashes.

Take Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo and dot in between individual lashes [Buckle's tip: “I used the Push Eyeliner Brush to blend the eyeliner in between the lashes, which helped to apply just enough without looking to heavy.”]


Use the Fantasia Lip liner Pencil and Niagara Lipstick.

Next, apply Easy Lover Lip Gloss over [Buckle’s tip: “Applying a sheer pink gloss on top of a nude colored lip provides a nice modern pop of color.”]


Generously apply Orgasm Illuminator to cheekbones, décolletage, and shoulders for an all-over glow.

Use Malaysia Multiple Bronzer to contour cheeks by blending under cheekbones.

Apply the Mata Hari Blush to the apple of cheeks and lightly tap on brow bone [Buckle's tip: “Lightly dusting a blush on the brow bone gives life to the eye and melds the whole look together.”]

Next, with short, back and forth quick strokes, use Nico Blush to highlight cheekbones.

Julianna Margulies - 1

On Julianna Margulies, Buckle kept the color down and the skin natural.

“Julianna has such beautiful skin and a gorgeous beaming smile, that I wanted to keep the colors subdued and let her natural skin tone shine through,” said Buckle. “I didn't want to use too much color because it might have taken away from her. I wanted it to be all about Julianna so I focused on highlighting her skin by encouraging shine and glow.”

Below is Buckle’s step-by-step to recreate Margulies’ look:


Using fingers, apply Orgasm Illuminator down the center of the nose, across cheekbones, and on the apples of the cheeks.

Apply Firming Foundation all over face, mixing in with the Orgasm Illuminator.

Re-apply Orgasm Illuminator over the entire complexion to encourage shine [Buckle’s tip: “I used the Flat Concealer Brush to apply the Orgasm Illuminator on top of the foundation, creating high gleam.”]


Dab the sooty dark brown side of Cordura Duo eye shadow on the outer part of the eye [Buckle’s tip: “I love the shimmering iridescent in this eye shadow. A metallic iridescence softens the smokiness of an eye allowing it to look like it is part of the skin rather than looking gothic.”]

Next, use the sable shade from Brousse Duo Eye shadow and lightly dust under lower lash line.

• Then, lightly tap Orgasm Illuminator on the inside corner of the eye.
Curl the eyelashes and apply Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara.


Apply Cruising Lipstick 

Next, layer Ophelia Lip Gloss over the lipstick [Buckle's tip: “I love this soft pink, it adds just the right amount of color.”]


Dust Super Orgasm Blush onto the apples of cheeks.

Blend Orgasm Illuminator all over neck and décolletage.

Orgasm Illuminator will be available at Sephora on Feb. 1.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: Orgasm Illuminator, Christina Aguilera and Julianna Margulies. Photo credit: Nars