Make Mine A Guinness..
Throughout his illustrious career, NARS Founder and Creative Director
François Nars has been inspired by iconic beauties whom, he says, “are
larger than life, unforgettable and posses an elegance that’s timeless.”
Whether avant-garde or A-list, the NARS woman is simply irresistible.
Perhaps no one fits that description better than Daphne Guinness, Nars’
mesmerizing muse and inspiration for the NARS Fall 2010 campaign. Sexy,
sultry, daring and decadent, Daphne “is the ideal icon to capture Fall 2010's
old-Hollywood meets futuristic look,”says François.
It was only fitting that Nars chose to name an eyeshadow after his muse,
Daphne, a colour that is as bold and beautiful as the woman for whom it
To magnify the arresting impact of the magnificent Ms. Guinness, Nars
designed and photographed her in a kaleidoscope of mirrors, creating a
virtual funhouse of reflective images. The result: A whirl of alabaster skin,
hypnotic violet eyes, dazzling diamonds and Clara Bow lips.
When it comes to describing fashionista Daphne Guinness, François Nars’ passion knows no boundaries. And when it came to designing and photographing this futuristic makeup look for Fall 2010, François created a look worthy of his leading lady.
Central to this ultra-sophisticated, ethereal look: A canvas of impeccably, smooth skin. Under Nars’ direction, Makeup Artist Kabuki primed the skin with line-erasing Skin Smoothing Face Prep, followed by a base of Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation and finally a light application of Snow Loose Powder. To contour Daphne’s complexion, he dusted Douceur Blush to the cheeks and blended it with the Yachiyo Brush.
To create scintillatingly dramatic eyes, Kabuki applied a coat of Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base, followed by a wash of Daphne Single Eyeshadow. Using the Wide Contour Brush, he built color and intensity along the outer eye. For brightness in the inner eye, he applied Mangrove Single Eyeshadow and lightly lined the top and bottom lashes with Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo. Brows were defined with Ipanema Eyebrow Pencil. The look was finished off with two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.
The pièce de résistance: Daphne’s lips, stained with Rouge Basque Lipstick and highlighted with Scandal Lip Gloss for ultimate shine and fullness.
Douceur Blush: For the first time ever, this soft pink-brown hue is etched with the NARS logo. Douceur. Fr.: Sweet, gentle, delicate. NARS Douceur Blush: A soft pink-brown hue that lightly imparts a honeyed brown kiss of innocence on cheeks. Use to contour from the apple of the cheek upward; warm forehead, jaw line and nose.
Daphne Eyeshadow: Named after Daphne Guinness herself, this eyeshadow is a hypnotizing matte, deep-violet hue.
Mangrove Eyeshadow: A soft mellow yellow laced with lime, inspired by the tropical Mangrove tree.
Coconut Grove Eyeshadow: A dark chocolate-cum-taupe named for Miami’s magical neighborhood on Biscayne Bay.
Rouge Basque Lipstick: Inspired by the inside cover of a book from the famed French countryside, François Nars envisioned the quintessential red from the Basque region.
Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil: This sparkling turquoise soft touch shadow pencil rocks with all the vibrancy and sex appeal of its namesake NYC hotspot.
Rajasthan Duo Eyeshadow: An exotic pair of shadows playing glazed almond against cool charcoal.
Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow: Platinum gold infused with silver is paired with a bold, steel grey in this duo.
Q&A WITH FRANÇOIS NARS
FALL 2010 COLLECTION
Douceur Blush - £19.50
Rouge Basque Lipstick (Limited Edition) - £17.00
Strawberry Fields Lip Gloss (Limited Edition) - £17.00
Daphne Eyeshadow - £16.00
Coconut Grove Eyeshadow - £16.00
Mangrove Eyeshadow (Limited Edition) - £16.00
Tzarine Eyeshadow Duo - £23.00
Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo (Limited Edition) - £23.00
Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (Limited Edition) - £15.00