Designed by founder and Creative Director François Nars, the Fall 2012 Color
Collection features a blend of bold, modern shades and celestial shimmers.
For the campaign, Nars chose to photograph iconic ‘90s supermodel Kristen
McMenamy. Having worked with Kristen in the past and for his first book,
“X-Ray,” he felt that her beautiful, often otherworldly look completely epitomized
the fall collection.
To achieve the makeup look featured in the campaign image, Kristen’s skin was
perfected with Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation and set with Snow Loose Powder
to create an immaculate complexion. Next, the Undress Me Multiple was applied
to the hollows of the cheeks and blended toward the temples with fingertips.
Kristen’s top and bottom lashes were thickly lined in Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil.
Next, the entire lid was colored in with the pencil in a half moon shape, from the
lash line to the base of the brow bone and out towards the temple. The pencil
color was then blended with a fingertip to create a smooth base. Next, the
iridescent amethyst shade of High Society Trio Eyeshadow was applied to the
lid and the color extended to the brow bone and towards the outer corner of
the brow. The edge of this shade was blended into the lavender shade of High
Society Trio Eyeshadow, then both sides of Vent Glacé Duo Eyeshadow were
combined and applied to the lower lash line atop Black Moon. The eyes were
lined with Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner and finished with two
coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara.
Kristen’s lips were lined and filled in with cinnamon Papua Lip Liner Pencil,
blended for a softer effect, and topped with Belize Lip Gloss. Storm Bird Nail
Polish on nails completed the look.
The Fall 2012 Color Collection is at once bold and breathtaking: Icy shimmer
enhances modern colors to create a stunning, ethereal effect. Eyes are piercing
in smoky jewel tones accented with lavender and amethyst sparkle. Skin glows
subtly in nearly nude pink with a whisper of silver. Lips are strong in striking metallics
or soft in warm brandy and rose shades. Grey nails lend final sophistication to a
look that’s exhilarating, evocative, and, as always, strictly NARS.
High Society - $45 (Limited Edition)
Three aristocratic shades—lavender, matte forest green, and iridescent
amethyst—can be mixed and matched to create a near limitless range of
options. Wear each alone or use one as base, another to highlight, and the third
as a liner. This Trio Eyeshadow combines a social season’s worth of posh looks
in one compact.
Undress Me - $39
A nearly nude pink with silver shimmer, this Multiple can be used on eyes,
cheeks, lips—anywhere a luminous glow is desired. Dare to go bare.
Storm Bird - $18 (Limited Edition)
This moody grey Nail Polish adds a sophisticated finish to any look.
More - $24
The shiny Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in a universally flattering auburn can be worn
alone or over a Lip Pencil for a more distinct effect.
Vent Glacé - $34
French for “icy wind,” this Duo Eyeshadow features a stormy combination of
platinum and silver smoke. Wear each shade solo, layered, or one as a base and
the other as a highlight for a seductive, frosted effect.
Autumn Leaves - $24
This translucent but long-wearing Sheer Lipstick in an elegant, glistening brandy
is as warm as the fall foliage that inspired it.
Outlaw - $28
A soft rose tone Blush laced with golden shimmer for a dangerously alluring flush.
Rouge Tribal - $26
Vivid color and a long-lasting finish make this metallic burgundy Larger Than Life
Lip Gloss a bold accent to any cool weather look.
Amsterdam - $25
This garnet red Pure Matte Lipstick (named for the largest city in, and capital of,
the Netherlands) delivers long-wearing color and a comfortable finish.
Q&A WITH FRANÇOIS NARS
What is the mood of the Fall 2012 Color collection?
Sophisticated, modern, edgy… It’s perhaps an unexpected mix of colors and
textures that, together, signal a fresh new take on fall color.
What are the must-have products for fall?
The Trio Eyeshadow, definitely. High Society is the centerpiece of the collection
and supplies countless looks. I also love the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil because it’s
the perfect marriage of lipstick and gloss: great color and super-moisturizing but
not ever sticky. The new shade, More, is an extremely flattering auburn that will
look good on everyone. And, of course, the Undress Me Multiple—it’s a beautiful
color and really a multi-functional product.
Lavender shimmer seems, at first glance, more of a spring or summery
shade. How do you make it appropriate for fall?
The pairing of lavender with forest green absolutely takes it from a warm weather
color to one appropriate for cooler seasons. Also, as it’s a shimmer, there’s an icy
quality to it that I equate with cooler temperatures. I’ve always felt strongly that
there should be few rules when it comes to makeup, and this is a good example
of that philosophy. Lavender shimmer can be worn beautifully any time of the year.
The new Undress Me Multiple is gorgeous. Can you suggest some ways
to use it?
All our Multiples can be worn on eyes, cheeks, and lips, under and over foundation,
and pretty much any other way you can imagine. Undress Me, in particular, is
beautiful in the hollow of the cheeks. It also makes a wonderful highlight for brow
and cheekbones, as well as a glowing base for eyes and lip color.
July 15, 2012 at narscosmetics.com