THE MAN FROM NARS

As one of the world’s lead­ing make-up artists, François Nars has seen it all, and he’s doc­u­mented it in his new book.

VOGUE Australia - - News - By Remy Rip­pon.

As one of the world’s lead­ing make-up artists, François Nars has seen it all, and he’s doc­u­mented it in his new book.

Many a fash­ion fan­girl has won­dered about what life was like in the by­gone re­bel­lious era of fash­ion – the days of cre­ative bound­ary-push­ers such as Richard Ave­don, Irv­ing Penn and those then lit­tle-known mod­els – Naomi, Christy, Linda and the oth­ers – yet to be dubbed “su­pers”; a time when late nights ran into early morn­ings on set and fash­ion wasn’t so fast.

Leg­endary make-up artist François Nars’s epony­mous new tome is per­haps as close as one might get to that re­al­ity. “It’s like my Face­book,” says the 57-yearold, who you won’t find on Face­book de­spite his make-up brand, Nars Cos­met­ics, field­ing more than two mil­lion likes on its of­fi­cial page. “For the peo­ple who wish I was on Face­book, well, there you go. There are a lot of pho­to­graphs. It’s very per­sonal … all the cam­paigns that I’ve done over the past 22 years; it’s re­ally all the peo­ple who I work with that I love.”

The mam­moth book is a beau­ti­fully cu­rated pic­to­rial biog­ra­phy of Nars’s loves, a timeline of his in­flu­ences and ca­reer to date, but that’s not to say he’s clos­ing a chap­ter: “I love cre­at­ing. Un­til the end of my life, no mat­ter what it will be, I will be cre­at­ing.” François Nars (Riz­zoli, $127), avail­able from www.mecca.com.au.

“IT’S VERY PER­SONAL … IT’S RE­ALLY ALL THE PEO­PLE WHO I WORK WITH THAT I LOVE”

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