Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

It takes a lot to shave off Kris­ten McMe­namy’s brows, but François Nars did it and made it a sym­bolic look for the model, cat­a­pult­ing the then-new­bie to su­per­star­dom. The pro­lific and ta­lented makeup artist is no stranger to cre­at­ing iconic looks. He was in­stru­men­tal in re­vamp­ing Madonna’s star pro­file in the ’ 90s in his cof­fee-ta­ble photography col­lec­tion, Sex; and he gave per­son­al­ity to su­per­mod­els we know by first names – Christy, Naomi, Cindy, Linda. Top it all off with an epony­mous brand that he de­vel­oped from a line of just 12 lip­sticks to a global cult em­pire that is now owned by Shi­seido. “On the run­way, you sell a fan­tasy – it’s very the­atri­cal. But when I cre­ate a line, I think about the women who are ac­tu­ally us­ing them.” He of­ten cites his mother as in­spi­ra­tion. “My mother was al­ways very stylish,” Nars says of the YSL- clad, for­mer model Claudette Nars. In­spired by the photography and de­signs of the leg­endary Serge Lutens, a teenaged François en­rolled in the pres­ti­gious Carita Make- Up School. But it was re­ally a move to New York stirred on by stylist and fash­ion ed­i­tor, Polly Mellen, that ul­ti­mately saw him ce­mented as one of the in­dus­try’s heavy­weights. “What in­ter­ests me is char­ac­ter. I’ve al­ways been at­tracted to faces with per­son­al­ity, strength, and a unique qual­ity. That is beauty.” – François Nars

François Nars back­stage at Marc Ja­cobs

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