Oct 042014

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Cutting-edge color—anything but straightlaced. For Holiday 2014, François Nars projects a bold new design for the future femme. Decoding the thrill of seduction, this captivating collection exposes a full range of colors and textures with dramatic dimension.

The custom packaging adapts architectural designer Chris Kabatsi’s digitally-rendered Nebula print into a dynamic yet delicate depiction. The intricate web of black gloss grips the signature soft-touch packaging in a modern take on lace.

NARS Hardwired lipsticks (new formula) ($26 each).  This newly formulated lipstick fuses cutting-edge pigments with rich texture. Three seductive shades deliver brilliant, glossy shine with full coverage.

  • DEADLY CATCH Crimson
  • FEMME FLEUR Shimmering brick red with gold pearl
  • ADRIATIC Glistening soft cream

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow (new formula) ($25) A new formulation in limited edition shades, created exclusively for the NARS Laced with Edge Holiday Color Collection, Hardwired Eyeshadow redesigns NARS’ iconic powdered pigments with intense iridescence for new feminine dimension in three captivating colors.

  • CANBERRA Shimmering lavender
  • OPAL COAST Iridescent white
  • GABON Bronzed green

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NARS Holiday 2014 Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow -jpegNARS Lipgloss ($26 each) NARS Lip Gloss lavishly coats lips with futuristic sheen. The silky texture and new doe-foot applicator provide precise application and longer, more comfortable wear. Create the perfect pair by layering over Hardwired Lipstick or wear on its own for sheer shine.

  • BURNING LOVE Bright Ruby with subtle shimmer
  • CORSICA Shimmering pink raspberry
  • SOLEIL D’ORIENT Shimmering pink champagne

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NARS Nail Polish $20  Complete your look with three must-have metallic shades for nails. NARS Nail Polish boasts a high-gloss, flexible finish that delivers a freshly-painted look that’s lasts. The upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

  • BARENTS SEA Sparkling deep blue
  • ALGONQUIN Sparkling lilac
  • SHERWOOD Shimmering violet rose

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NARS Almeria Blush ($30) (tan rose)  This limited edition formula delivers a combination of extreme comfort and color purity for the ultimate in powder perfection. The micro-fine pressed powder in tan rose blush brings an electrifying wash of color to cheeks for the winter months.

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GET THE LOOK in the promotional picture:

Created and developed by Founder and Creative Director François Nars, the Holiday 2014 Collection heralds a season of modern seduction with riveting reds, neo-neutrals and molten metallics. The campaign—photographed by François Nars—features model Daria Strokous in an image that fuses futurism, design and beauty.

To achieve the campaign look from the NARS Holiday 2014 Collection, prepare skin with Light Optimizing Primer SPF15 to create a seamless canvas. For a luminous complexion, gently press Siberia All Day Luminous Powder Foundation into skin. Dust away excess powder with the Loose Powder Brush #10. Apply Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla under eyes or where needed to blur imperfections, blend using the Cream Blending Brush #12 to even out skin tone. Using the Blush Brush #20, lightly sweep Almería Blush in the hollows of the cheeks to warm the complexion. Press Opal Coast Hardwired Eyeshadow over the eyelids, blending up toward the browbones for an iridescent white base. Apply Interstellar Eye Paint to the inner corners of the eyes using the Cream Blending Brush #12. Dab the excess eye paint along the lower lash lines. Define the upper lash lines with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long Wear Eyeliner. Finish the eyes with two coats of Larger than Life® Volumizing Mascara. Line and fill the lips with Nihiwatu Velvet Lip Liner for a rich base. Outline and coat lips with Deadly Catch Hardwired Lipstick, blend using the Precision Lip Brush #30.

This collection is available beginning October 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com and at department and specialty stores beginning November 1, 2014.

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Sep 132014

1q1u_NARSMarcJacobsSS15FrancoisNars_2 NARS created the look for the Marc Jacobs SS ‘15 runway show. François Nars, Founder & Creative Director, described:


“The look for the show features no makeup – we only applied moisturizer. With Marc we always take it to the extreme, we’ve done bold looks in the past, but this season we wanted to make a statement by not applying anything.

This goes back to one of the looks that I’ve always loved – bare skin, nothing on the face, lips or eye, just beautiful skin – I love makeup but I also love seeing women without makeup. To me, it’s a great way to show fashion. It works so well with the clothes and the hair. Who knows, maybe next season we will go back to a full face of makeup. I love having the flexibility to do this, we are not locked into applying makeup. I like the idea that what you see is what you get.”

NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream
Stick Concealer (if needed)

Rosebud Salve


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Sep 092014

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NARS has released a series of reformulated polishes with higher shine, more flexibility, and a longer-lasting formula. There are 43 shades in all, and I have fourteen for a quick preview ($20 each). As with the NARS 3.1 Philip Lim collection (previewed here) (available on Nars.com and Sephora), the new permanent polish range has a wide, flat brush for easy application. These are available at Nordstrom, SephoraNars online, BarneysSaks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales,

NARS New Nail Colors30I love the new brush-the shorter bristles and shape allow for quick, foolproof application.

Nars Nail Polish brush2Here’s the brush with dipped in Nars Blow-Up, a bright orange. Some of my favorite shades are these vibrant colors–Paros (red brown), Elbrus (plum), Torre del Oro (cherry red), and Blow-Up (Mandarin orange):

NARS New Nail Colors04Some quick swatches:

New Nars nail polish308Here are the three metallic shades– Pastorale (rose gold), Milos (rich gold), and Amarapura (silver chrome):

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New Nars nail polish314Here are three dusty, off-neutral shades– Shameless Red (pink flamingo), Zakynthos (beige), and Obscura (lavender charcoal):

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New Nars nail polish310Finally, here are four pastel shades– Ikiru (light blue), Ithaque (sheer, light pink), Thasos (mint green), and Kalymnos (lilac).

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New Nars nail polish313I”m working on editing some on-the-nail swatches for a more in-depth review. In the meantime, enjoy these lovely colors. These are available at Nordstrom, SephoraNars online, BarneysSaks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales,

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Sep 082014

1q1u_nars31philliplimss15artistinaction_1This one is too beautiful not to post. NARS created the look for the 3.1 Phillip Lim SS ‘15 runway show. Lead NARS Artist Francelle Daly explained her vision. “There is a lot of see-through transparency and airiness to the collection – I wanted that to come through in the makeup. My inspiration is sensuality; the way the morning light hits you as you wake up in your bedroom, with sensual skin 3. with rays of light. I highlighted the cheek bones, high planes of the face and the bridge of the nose to accentuate and bring out that glow in each girl.”


Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Stick Concealer
Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Loose (love this!!)

Reckless Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try New Order Blush)
Right side of Jubilation Dual-Intensity blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try South Beach Multiple)

Right side of Jubilation Dual-Intensity blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try South Beach Multiple)
Valhalla Single Eyeshadow (New for Spring 2015; for now try Nepal Single Eyeshadow)
Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara

Eyebrow Pencil
Brow Gel

Guyane Lip Gloss (New for Spring 2015; for now try Born This Way Lip Gloss)

Zakynthos Nail Polish


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NYFW: NARS at Tome SS 2014

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Sep 042014

unnamed NARS created the look for the Tome SS’15 runway show. NARS Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer says:  “The inspiration for the collection came from two Indian artists –Rukmini Devi, a classical dancer and Dayanita Singh, a contemporary photographer – who represent the richness and diversity of old and new India. The look fuses traditional elements of the Indian culture and modern makeup. The skin is very matte, with a clean, liquid eyeliner on the top eyelid, no mascara. Some girls will have a pale, chalky-pink lip.”

Stick Concealer
All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (New for Spring 2015, for now Sheer Matte Foundation)
Soft Velvet Loose Powder (New for Spring 2015, for now try Loose Powder)

Black Valley Eye Paint

Silvia Audacious Lipstick
Santa Monica Boulevard Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner (layered over lipstick and blended in)

All products, except where noted, available at www.narscosmetics.com

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