109 posts tagged "NARS Cosmetics"
Not to be unexpected, but my chats with hair pro Paul Hanlon and face painter Hannah Murray at Helmut Lang were rife with references to the nineties—from Peter Lindbergh’s images of the era’s supermodels to one of the label’s original muses, Kirsten Owen. However, instead of grungy and destroyed, both artists approached the decade with a bit more polish and sophistication.
To juxtapose the slouchy silhouettes in the collection, Hanlon kept the hair less “street” and more groomed. “We were worried that if the hair was too natural, it would look wishy-washy and drab,” he explained. After prepping strands with Unite 7Seconds Condition Leave In Detangler and Session Whip (a weightless sculpting foam) for shine and girth, he blew the hair smooth and straight with a round bristle brush and touched up the ends with a flat iron. Next, Hanlon added a clean side part and liberally sprayed the top, section by section, with Max Control Spray Strong Hold. Once the hair was tucked neatly behind the model’s ears, he hit it again with some heat to lock everything into place. Then, a low tail was secured with an elastic and hidden underneath a custom black Helmut Lang cover (a strip of Velcro was affixed inside to give it grip). “Rather than putting the ponytail in tight, we kept it loose to provide an element of ease and reality…with this type of style and that accessory, the hair can look a little too S&M-y,” he said.
As for the makeup, Murray’s ode to the inspiration was obviously the brown-red mouth—a blend of two NARS Satin Lip Pencils in Golshan and Het Loo. “I’m using a lip brush to apply, and diffusing [the pigment] around the edges with a domed blending brush that’s normally reserved for the eyes to get intense color that doesn’t look too done,” she said. The rest of the face was left “raw,” only applying concealer—no base—where needed. To achieve a ruddy flush, Murray warmed up the same Golshan pencil used on the lips on the back of her hand and pressed it onto the lower half of the cheeks with her fingertips. Triple X Lip Gloss was tapped on the centers of the eyelids and the excess applied to the tops of the cheekbones to catch the light (although Murray disclosed that Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream can be used for the same effect). The brows were left bare, aside from a clear setting gel, and lashes remained mascara-less. Looks like minimalism is back with quite a beautiful vengeance.
I thought I should publicly disclose a secret: I’ve never been to Los Angeles. Every time people hear this, they gasp and stare at me like a deer in headlights, as if I’ve just told them that I love Amanda Bynes’ courtroom wigs. And while I haven’t seen the HOLLYWOOD sign, skipped down the Walk of Fame, or stayed at Chateau Marmont, now I can don the city’s top-shelling shades from NARS. Launching in September exclusively in the Sunshine State, the brand created a limited-edition gift set that features its nail lacquer in Trouville and lip gloss in Turkish Delight, both pastel pinks. To complete the look, included is a palette filled with four shadows—Abyssinia (a beige-y pearl), Étrusque (antique gold), Outremer (cobalt blue), and Bali (cocoa brown)—along with Deep Throat (a sheer, peach blush) and bronzer in, what else, Laguna. The cosmetic company says there may be more city editions to come, although it isn’t revealing which locale is up next. Katy Perry says that California girls are undeniable, but I like to think that New Yorkers are just as fine, fresh, and fierce. Perhaps we’ll soon have a palette to match our state of mind.
NARS Loves Los Angeles, $75, available at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills; Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills; and Nordstrom (Topanga, Glendale, Westside, Farmers’ Market, Santa Anita, and Santa Monica)
In the age of accent nails, airbrush art, and pierced tips, service often stands second in the pursuit of the perfect (and Instagram-worthy) polish job. But Olive & June—the latest nail destination to open in Beverly Hills—is going back to basics by elevating the salon experience for the modern set. Aimed at filling the void between the hole-in-the-wall quickie shops and more time-intensive spas, Olive & June owner Sarah Gibson Tuttle teamed up with TENOVERSIX‘s beloved retailers-turned-designers, Brady Cunningham and Kristen Lee, to conceive an inviting and fully functional space. The pair, who in the past created their own nail color, Blonde on Blonde, for RGB, worked with Tuttle to blend the interior design and merchandising of the product on display. The result is an airy, California-inspired space that feeds Tuttle’s New Yorker-turned-Angeleno aesthetic. Locally made custom furniture provides a seamless transition from reception area to nail station, while a pristine wall of lacquers prominently displays an eye-catching assortment of RGB, NARS, Butter London, and other fresh hues. And true to their promise, the nail salon also takes great care to cater to your every modern-day convenience. Once you’ve safely stowed your keys and bag, iPads and Wi-Fi are at your disposal. Mani trends might come and go, but the comfort of a well-conceived salon experience never gets old.
Olive & June, 430 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, California, (310) 247-0500; www.olivejune.com.
Even before his well-loved collaboration with Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga and his capsule shoe collection for Gap, Pierre Hardy was a bona fide design legend. He was tapped by Christian Dior to helm its women’s shoe collection in the late eighties, and then by Hermès, where he was named creative director of men’s and women’s footwear and ultimately fine jewelry as well. Much to the delight of beauty fiends across the globe, Hardy dipped his toes into the beauty sphere last year with a series of objets d’art for Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle’s lineup of travel sprays; next month, he will take a legitimate plunge into the medium with a debut makeup partnership with NARS Cosmetics. “It didn’t take a lot,” Hardy admits of the process by which François Nars’ namesake brand convinced him to turn his attention to the business of pigments and powders—two, richly hued blushes embossed with his signature cubic print, and six nail polish duos housed in mini shoe boxes that come with their own dust bags, similarly to how a pair of the heel master’s architectural stilettos might be packaged, to be exact. Style.com sat down with Hardy to discuss his first foray into cosmetics, his low-maintenance grooming habits—he cuts his own hair!—and why, as far as he’s concerned, he is “working on beauty every day.”
Collaborations are a dime a dozen these days. Why do a color collection now? Why NARS?
“Because they came to me. And I said, ‘Yes, why not?’ There were some aesthetic links with how NARS does beauty and how I’m doing shoes and fashion. It was something we could do together that could be fun, interesting, and consistent. I went to the meeting room with all the products and they were all so beautiful, seductive. It looked like a painting box—a shop for artists with paintings, colors, crayons, like a super sci-fi painting box. It was very attractive. It would be nice to be a part of it. I was convinced.”
Did you draw inspiration from your own line when conceiving your color palette?
“All of the colors were from the [Spring] shoe collection that was just finished. I took some leather—a real sample—to make the color of the nails. We started from the real material of the actual shoe!”
It’s almost a tease to give the public only blushes and polishes! Why no shadows or glosses?
“I couldn’t pretend to do everything!”
Not to put you on the spot, but what does beauty mean to you?
“It’s a big question, a marvelous question. I think that I’m working on beauty every day. It’s a different approach, a different way with different tools, with what I’m doing with the shoes, but I try to express the same feeling through the color palette. It’s a game with your appearance, with how you want to be one day and different another day. The beauty of fashion is we’re always reaching for something new, strong, different, and consistent, but we play with it. It’s a big challenge to do something real, interesting—something new with which you can recognize.”
How do you “work on” your own beauty. Do you have a regimen that you stick to?
“I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. I’m a little bit lazy. I use a facial wash, body wash, and body cream. My body lotion is La Roche-Posay. For my face, I use Crème de La Mer because it’s not too sticky. I used to wear the same [fragrance] all the time, but now I have three to four scents. One is Laurel by Commes des Garçons. I don’t like green citrus. I like heavy amber musks. I don’t like fresh—clean, but not fresh. [But] I’m not too picky. I hate men that are too metrosexual. It is not sexy or even charming.”
Pierre Hardy for NARS Cosmetics, available May 1 at www.narscosmetics.com.
In today’s world of lipstick domination, the myriad product options can be dizzying. Between stains, lip tars, lipsticks, and lip balms—not to mention finishes that include shiny, matte, shimmering, and glossy—the options are literally endless. Satin finishes have caught our eye recently, though, boasting a semimatte texture that offers a best-of-all-worlds solution to the long-standing lip-color debate. “Satin-finish lipsticks do not have a lot of shine to them, which makes them different from a creamy or glossy texture,” explains NARS national makeup artist Francelle Daly. “They have a bit of moisture in the formula to help glide on the lip, but it’s not 100 percent matte, either. This makes it easier to apply, and they tend to stay put without drying out.” If this sounds like the kind of compromise you’ve been looking for, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite satin-finish ’sticks to help spread the lip love.
Peaches and Cream
Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Meg
The beauty of a satin lipstick is that it feels so good. This hydrating formula contains Cupuaçu butter from Brazil to keep lips supersoft, and has a thicker formula than other satin lipsticks.
Lipstick Queen Saint in Bright Rose
Lipstick Queen creator Poppy King is known for her obsession with lipsticks, and her unique, cult-loved formulas. Her sheer, silky Saint line contains the same colors as her Sinner collection, but with 90 percent less pigment. Don’t let that fool you, though; one application is enough to provide full coverage to lips.
NARS Satin Finish Lip Pencil in Majella
There’s nothing better than a multitasking beauty product, and this lipstick-in-a-pencil means you can skip the liner and still achieve a perfect pout. The formula is incredibly silky and easy to apply, and can be patted off for a stain effect if full-on color isn’t your thing.
The Okay Coral
Dior Addict Lipstick in Exotique, available in May
With spring (hopefully!) right around the corner, this new tulip-pink hue is the ideal addition to your makeup bag. The super-sheer formula delivers an almost dewy texture to lips, and is so light that you almost forget you’re wearing it!
Chanel Rouge Allure in Envoutant
Chanel’s latest offering delivers their most moisturizing formula to date. The rich plummy hue goes on sheer yet is heavily pigmented, so two coats will give you full coverage.