Michael Kors make-up is here!
From the moment you clap eyes on the 24-piece beauty collection by legendary fashion designer Michael Kors, you’ll be head over heels. The collection includes three fragrances, Sporty Citrus, Sexy Amber and Glam Jasmine, with nail and lip colours continuing each theme. I met Kors in London ahead of the Irish launch of the line, and he gave me some insights into his beauty philosophy: ‘Beauty to me, really, is all about self-confidence and knowing yourself. Knowing what works on you, and knowing what you feel right in. I like women who know what works on them and what works for their life, and it’s more interesting for me than seeing someone rush out and buy whatever is trendy or new.’
And make no mistake, if you’re already a fan, this range is very Michael Kors — glamour is in the brand’s DNA. He explains the expansion into beauty: ‘I see that we have such a huge range in the accessories world, with shoes and handbags and jewellery and watches, and I love the idea that you can change your mood and change your look very quickly with the shift in accessories. So I approached the idea of cosmetics in the same way as I approach accessories.’
Tan and gold-flecked dry oil are an integral part of the range because, Kors says, ‘I started with the base, which is that kind of healthy flush on the skin, and then we really played around with the idea of what transforms you quickly. So I think that being able to separate the whole idea into three moods of Sexy, Sporty and Glam, it’s kind of a foolproof way to express the mood you’re in and you switch your lips and you switch your nails — and the next thing you suddenly have a different mood.’
So, whose look does Kors most admire? ‘I’m always intrigued to see Gwyneth Paltrow, who looks good whether she’s on the red carpet or dropping her kids at school, and it’s the same for Mrs Obama. I’d have to say the same thing with Jennifer Lopez, who is glamorous whether she’s in shorts with her kids or walking the red carpet. They’re all women with their own point of view, who know what’s working for them.’
And while most of us are more likely to be doing the school run rather than prepping for an awards ceremony, a little bit of Michael Kors beauty might add a gilded veneer of fantasy and glamour to our lives.
The Michael Kors Fragrance and Beauty Collection launches exclusively at Arnotts, Dublin, from tomorrow, and online at arnotts.ie. Prices start at €20.