I love Marc Jacobs, no I really LOVE Marc Jacobs. I paid attention to his talent since he designed for Perry Ellis. I even forgive him for his ill fated grunge collection in the early 90’s. Until I can afford a MJ signature Stam bag, I will rock my Super Sonic Snake Embossed PVC Hillier hobo bag and small fabric makeup pouch from his secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs. That said, I always pay attention to every Marc Jacobs runway show.
But most of all, I love when he collaborates with NARS for his runway shows – Francois Nars was the lead artist.
The beauty trend featured luminous skin paired with a dramatic eye. “Marc didn’t want the makeup to look to couture, and with the hats by Steven Jones framing the face as they did, we needed to focus on one aspect” said NARS Founder and Creative Director Francois Nars. “We really wanted to create really fresh, radiant skin, no blush and a heavily lined lower eye. The shape is round and a cloudy color, taking reference from 1920’s Italian style icon and muse Marchesa Casati.”
The following key products were used to create this exclusive look:
I know this look is a bit severe but do understand that this is a runway look. The makeup helps tell the story of the woman that inspires this look. For the most part it is theatrical. But can this be translated for real life?
I take the beauty challenge and here’s my real-life translation:
I darken my brows with a cool toned charcoal brown shadow (MAC Showstopper, limited edition). I have really bad flashbacks of heavy black eye brows I sported in high school, therefore I wanted a really dark – almost black-brown eyebrow instead. When you have naturally light eye brows and you are a cosmetic novice at 15, you think that a black eye liner would make your brows look better. I am just glad I learned that mistake early in my cosmetic career! The rest of the eyes are super simple: (using NARS shadows) from the lash line to brow bone I used Abyssinia (delicate pearl sheen) and layered (lid only) Alhambra (golden champagne side of duo). I took a densely packed pencil brush and smudged the matte black side of the Pandora duo on my lower lash line. I finished with multiple coats of Armani’s Eyes to Kill Mascara. I also used NARS concealer duo Custard/Ginger under my eyes.
I left my cheeks bare and applied the Ginger concealer on my lips to neutralize my natural lip color and applied NARS lip gloss in Sweet Revenge (sheer grapefruit) for a touch of gloss.
Although my look is softer, I’m still not sure that I would be comfortable enough to sport this at the office. I would keep this on reserve for bar hopping with my girlfriends or going to a concert or art show openings with my husband. I like it because it’s a bit edgy but because of the lack of blush and bright lip color, it is also effortless.
NARS/MJ – never disappoint me!
I just learned the Francois’ beloved french bulldog and mascot to the brand, Marcel passed away on 2/22, RIP…
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