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Ask François Nars a beauty question!

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Want first-hand advice from NARS founder, makeup artist, and backstage visionary François Nars? The legend will be checking in to BeautyTalk after New York Fashion Week to personally address your posts. Post a question here, making sure to tag it with "askNARS". Also, don’t forget to subscribe to this post to get notified when he answers your question. (Check the “Subscriptions” box on the right side of the post page.)
 
Check back later this month to see all of his enlightening comments.

 

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What inspired your famous "Orgasm" line? 

P.S I love your products!

 

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reviwer16 wrote:

What inspired your famous "Orgasm" line? 

P.S I love your products!

 


I wanted a blush that gives that fresh, healthy glow after an intimate encounter… and it looks great on all skin tones. The additional products were born from the success of the blush and the universal appeal of the shade regardless of texture.

 

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Hey! I love your products, but I struggle with finding the right foundation for my skin. I am acne prone, and somewhere between light and medium. What do you suggest for finding my right color and formula type?

 

Thanks so much, 

Kayla

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amoonbeam wrote:

Hey! I love your products, but I struggle with finding the right foundation for my skin. I am acne prone, and somewhere between light and medium. What do you suggest for finding my right color and formula type?

 

Thanks so much, 

Kayla


Our Sheer Matte and Sheer Glow foundations are available in 20 shades, leaving you with endless possibilities to find your right match. If you visit NARS at Sephora, our artists will be happy to help you find the right finish and formula. For acne, make sure your skincare regimen is working for you.  If it’s not, try going to see a dermatologist to fix any issues.

 

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I have very light skin, with both pinkish and yellow undertones (mostly pinkish, but i tan very easily). I have been looking for a nice red lipstick that would suit my skin tone. I also have small lips and my top lip is a bit thinner than the bottom lip. Is red lipstick worth trying, or will it make my lips appear smaller and more noticeably thin? and what color would you recommend for me?

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feiticeira wrote:

I have very light skin, with both pinkish and yellow undertones (mostly pinkish, but i tan very easily). I have been looking for a nice red lipstick that would suit my skin tone. I also have small lips and my top lip is a bit thinner than the bottom lip. Is red lipstick worth trying, or will it make my lips appear smaller and more noticeably thin? and what color would you recommend for me?


Everyone can wear a red lip! A great way to introduce a red lip into your make up wardrobe is to try a pigmented gloss. Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil would be a great way to try a red lip! Another "perfect" red shade that works well for everyone is Vesuvio Pure Matte Lipstick! Line your lips with Jungle Red Lip liner, then apply Vesuvio Pure Matte Lipstick. Lastly, apply Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil to just the center of the lips. The added shine creates depth and a "pouty" look for someone who has thin lips.

 

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Monsieur Nars, your products are simply sublime. I wore Schiap on my lips last night and felt unstoppable. So merci beaucoup for your wonderful contributions to the world of fashion and the confidence of women everywhere. My question is this: I love your brushes (especially those in the Kabuki Artisan Collection - they are phenomenal), but as a vegetarian and someone who is very interested in the rights of our furry friends I prefer to use brushes with synthetic bristles. I know that your brushes are cruelty-free because they are made simply by trimming the hair from the animal, but I was wondering if you would ever consider making a line of all synthetic brushes? I know with your genius and perfectionism that they would be tools unrivaled in the makeup industry. Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing what marvels you come up with next. Bon chance in your endeavors!

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court1021 wrote:

Monsieur Nars, your products are simply sublime. I wore Schiap on my lips last night and felt unstoppable. So merci beaucoup for your wonderful contributions to the world of fashion and the confidence of women everywhere. My question is this: I love your brushes (especially those in the Kabuki Artisan Collection - they are phenomenal), but as a vegetarian and someone who is very interested in the rights of our furry friends I prefer to use brushes with synthetic bristles. I know that your brushes are cruelty-free because they are made simply by trimming the hair from the animal, but I was wondering if you would ever consider making a line of all synthetic brushes? I know with your genius and perfectionism that they would be tools unrivaled in the makeup industry. Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing what marvels you come up with next. Bon chance in your endeavors!


Being a makeup artist brand, it is important to have brushes that have excellent performance.  While we do have some synthetic brushes in the line they are incorporated based on ability to provide the best application.  There may be a need for additional synthetic brushes in the line in the future but they would be in order to provide the best application possible.

 

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Thank you for taking our questions! I would love to hear what are the most common makeup mistakes you see women making?

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pocketvenus wrote:

Thank you for taking our questions! I would love to hear what are the most common makeup mistakes you see women making?


I see women make a lot of mistakes with brows, or with foundation. With brows, more is always more. Too-thin brows, to me, take away from their purpose of framing the face. With foundation, it's always key to match your neck. I always see people with foundation that is too dark compared to the rest of their body.

 

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francoisnars wrote:

 

I see women make a lot of mistakes with brows, or with foundation. With brows, more is always more. Too-thin brows, to me, take away from their purpose of framing the face. With foundation, it's always key to match your neck. I always see people with foundation that is too dark compared to the rest of their body.

 


Thank you for sharing your valuable experience!

 

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Hey, I'm an aspiring makeup artist. Any tips or hints on how you did it? Smiley Very Happy

 

~ fan.

 

 

askNARS

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adicted2sephora wrote:

Hey, I'm an aspiring makeup artist. Any tips or hints on how you did it? Smiley Very Happy

 

~ fan.

 

 

askNARS


Perseverance. Some people would recommend agencies, some people would recommend freelance. I've done both, and I believe that it's really your dream and what you make of it. Talk to people; network; and travel.

 

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I am really interested in the beauty industry. How did you start out Nars and how did you get people to notice your brand?

 

Sincerely, Richele

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glittzyz wrote:

I am really interested in the beauty industry. How did you start out Nars and how did you get people to notice your brand?

 

Sincerely, Richele


I created NARS over 16 years ago because I felt that other cosmetics companies couldn't provide me with what I needed.  I started NARS with 12 lipsticks sold exclusively at Barney's. I don’t ever compromise on quality. I pride myself on formulas and push our chemists at NARS to make high-pigment shades. When launching the line, I was also very specific about the packaging.  If you want to create your own line, make sure you partner with people that understand your vision.

 

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I want to get the dewey look without looking too shiny. I love using highlighters, bronzer, and blush but what that perfect sheen.

A good example is Carrie Bradshaw in sex and the city, her skin always looked so fresh. Thank you ahead of time!!

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beeerock wrote:

I want to get the dewey look without looking too shiny. I love using highlighters, bronzer, and blush but what that perfect sheen.

A good example is Carrie Bradshaw in sex and the city, her skin always looked so fresh. Thank you ahead of time!!


Sheer Glow Foundation is the perfect place to start. Mix it with a bit of the NARS Copacabana Illuminator for an all-over dewiness that will make your skin look like it's lit from within.

 

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I'm sure that you have worked on many beautiful faces over the years. However, we are unfortunately bound to our own time and I am sure that there are many women from the past that you would have loved to have had the chance to work with. My question is this: if you could work on the face of one woman, from all of human history, who would that woman be and why? Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer our questions.

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court1021 wrote:

I'm sure that you have worked on many beautiful faces over the years. However, we are unfortunately bound to our own time and I am sure that there are many women from the past that you would have loved to have had the chance to work with. My question is this: if you could work on the face of one woman, from all of human history, who would that woman be and why? Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer our questions.


There are so many women that I would love to work with so it is impossible for me to narrow it down to just one.

 

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Thank you so much for everything Francois! Your work is inspiring! I was wondering what you think the most under-appreciated product NARS has to offer is. What product is really amazing but doesnt get a lot of hype? 

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coriander wrote:

Thank you so much for everything Francois! Your work is inspiring! I was wondering what you think the most under-appreciated product NARS has to offer is. What product is really amazing but doesnt get a lot of hype? 


Our skincare! I love it and can’t live without it. Specifically the Aqua Gel Hydrator -- an ultra-luxurious, lightweight gel-cream mask comprised of 87% water.  It delivers intense hydration to dull, dehydrated skin and is enriched with skin conditioners.  I always travel with it!

 

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