ALL in ONE
One essential tool that works in multiple ways, François Nars’s smartest creation is set for a new makeover this summer. By Li Ying Lim.
It was the power Nineties, and François Nars, make-up extraordinaire and New York transplant from the City of Light, was taking centre stage in the fashion circuit. Everyone who loved fashion knew of his sensual and iconic creations that till today remain signature to Nars – clean skin, an artistic and creative vision, and a love for “atypical beauties”.
In 1996, the Carita Paris make-up school graduate was on the way to cult stardom armed with beautiful imagery created with his glam squad partner-in-crime Oribe Canales and photography protégé Steven Miesel. Lugging from one location to another a make-up bag that carried a panoply of colours – and took a talented hand to custom-blend spectacular effects – Nars soon found his niche. “It’s every makeup artist’s dream to have their own line,” he once said, and it was not long before his eponymous line of lip colours debuted.
FAST FOOD NATION
Nars had launched, with resounding success, a small set of twelve lipstick colours with Barneys New York when he landed a job with Harper’s BAZAAR. Intent on deviating from the opaque, heavy technique commonly used then for photo shoots, he wanted to feature translucent, glowing skin instead, with shading and colours lent only by a single lipstick. He created a fresh look k for supermodel Carolyn Murphy that would d forever change women’s perception of makeeup: he dabbed and blended his Tangier gier lipstick (a lustruous, deep burgundy) onto her eyes, lips, and cheeks.
The sultry sun goddess complexion clearly worked. When women flocked to his counter seeking Tangier to do the same, Nars was inspired to create what he called “fast food make-up”, henceforth known as the Multiple. “On runway you sell a fantasy but when I create the colours in my line, I think about the women who are actually
HOW TO USE IT BY FRANÇOIS NARS
Behind the scenes of the campaign shoot using them. And the Multiple gives you the effect of glowing skin really naturally in under three minutes,” he then said of the multi-pronged product. These days, industry insiders even use the stick on legs to get that supertoned effect fast. It is a runway show and red carpet must-have.
“The original Multiple delivers a shimmery finish, but I wanted a Multiple with a matt finish because it’s such a modern and timeless approach to beauty,” he quips. Truly versatile, use it dry for stronger impact or wet for sheer transparency.
“For colour that is more vibrant, warm it with your fingers and blend it onto the skin,” he continues. “To apply wet, you can dip the product in water and then apply to the skin and blend it with your fingers. It will melt into a sheer wash of colour.”
To prep his campaign model Toni Garrn for the shoot, Matte Multiple in Cappadoce was applied to the hollows of her cheeks, then blended outwards for that gorgeous bronzed look. To finish, Anguilla touches lent a rosy flush to the German beauty’s complexion.
Typical of the maestro that b breaks old boundaries, he adds: “There are no rules. Play with the possibilities, have fun, and follow your imagination.” Nars, 3.06.01, Level 3, Pavilion KL. Nars Matte Multiple in Anguilla, RM140
Putting on the finishing touches Nars Matte Multiple in Cappadoce to set and contour, as seen on model Toni Garrn