Nars was born in the south of France and speaks lovingly of two important influences in his life and on his work: his mother and his grandmother. “I was aware that they were beautiful,” he says. “My mother was incredibly beautiful. People would turn in the streets to look at her.” His mother taught him about natural beauty, and his grandmother taught him about the pleasures of makeup. “She used to love painting, and she could have been an opera singer,” he says. “She created the most beautiful red lips and always wore eyeliner. I still remember the smell of her perfumed powder.” Obviously, Nars’ love of beauty is in his DNA.
In his words ... François on Marc Jacobs, red lipstick and the '70s on the next page ...
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In his words
• “The image of Marc [Jacobs] in 15x15 is a very strong one. There was a lot of trust. I wanted him to look great and beautiful. We did his nail tips because we didn’t want to do the full fake nail. We wanted them to look real, so we glued the tips and filed them. It took forever, but he kept them on to go to a party!”
• “I love my red lipsticks — I think they’re some of the best reds on the market. I really mix 300 colours to get the perfect red. The Orgasm blush wasn’t planned. I wanted that pale peach, a little bit of pink and a bit of gold to give your skin a flush. People loved it!”
• “I have a special love for the ’70s — maybe because I was a teenager at the time. I thought it was one of the most amazing periods creativity-wise, especially in the fashion world.”
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