François Nars – Nars Cosmetics
The story: After graduating from Carita Makeup school in Paris in 1984, François Nars – like so many other artists – moved to New York with dreams of becoming a top professional make-up artist – and he was soon working for the likes of American Vogue and Elle. Frustrated that he didn’t have the perfect tools for the job, François launched a collection of 12 lipsticks in Barneys under the name Nars Cosmetics. Propelled by their sell-out success, his collection quickly grew to include products for skin, lips, eyes and nails. The company was sold to Shiseido in 2000, but François has remained as the artistic director, in-house photographer, and copywriter for his brand. Where to buy: Nars recently opened its first regional standalone store in The Dubai Mall.