NARS Cosmetics is working on a wonderful new collection inspired by the works of the late American master of experimental and fashion photography, Man Ray. This prominent contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movement spent most of his career in France, where he became known for documenting the cultural elite. Both his life and art were provocative, challenging, and strongly opposed to any formal constraints. The famous performer, Kiki of Montparnasse, was his longtime muse, model and lover, so many of the most famous of his photographs are those of Kiki.
For Francois Nars, who is both make-up artist and photographer, make-up is an art form deeply rooted in history. In one of his recent interviews, Nars explained the influence Man Ray had on him growing up: “I remember seeing Guy Bourdin’s work at a very young age, around when I was ten or 11 years old in the French Vogue magazines my mother read in the late 60s, early 70s. The magazine was extremely creative with works by fabulous photographers such as Helmut Newton and Man Ray. All those images woke me up to a certain sense of colour, make-up and artistry. I didn’t know anything about art at the time, but I had a very, very strong attraction to those images because of the strong colours and make-up looks. It was around that time that I knew that the fashion/beauty world was something I wanted to be a part of and make mine. It was from that age that I knew I wanted to become a photographer or make-up artist.”
Man Ray for NARS Holiday 2017 Color Collection, comprising a number of individual products and gifting sets, will be available from November 2017. Here is your first look at the entire range! Enjoy!
NARS Man Ray Love Game Eyeshadow Palette featuring Ady "Fashion in Congo" fashion photograph from 1937.
NARS Man Ray Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette, featuring a close up face with open eyes and tears, a work from 1932.
NARS Man Ray The Veil Cheek Palette, featuring a photography from 1930. The compact includes three cheek colors, two matte and one infused with shimmer. The surface of the powder is embossed with a delicate veil pattern, and a discrete representation of Lee Miller’s famous lips.
NARS Man Ray Noire et Blanche Audacious Lipstick Coffret, adorned with a photo of Kiki de Montparnasse's head next to African black mask (1926.)
NARS Man Ray Les Amoureux Audacious Lipstick Coffret, features a stylized interpretation of one of Man Ray’s most memorable paintings, Observatory Time. The black and white photograph, from 1936, features a painting of lips in the sky, with a woman dressed in white dress, arm lifted, with white headscarf over the head lying on a sofa under the painting "A l'heure de l'observatoire les Amoureux."
NARS Man Ray The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set features four shades of lip color and a gorgeous gold-colored purse adorned with the stylized representation the famous lips, a motif from Ray’s famous Surrealist painting, Observatory Time - The Lovers, or as it has become more familiarly known, The Lips.
The collection will also include these gorgeous Love Triangles, pyramid-shaped boxes featuring a beautifully coordinated shades of Audacious Lipstick and Blush.
NARS Man Ray Love Triangle Orgasm
NARS Man Ray Love Triangle Impassioned and Anna
NARS Man Ray Love Triangle Hot Sand and Rita
NARS Man Ray Love Triangle Dolce Vita and Audrey
NARS Man Ray Love Triangle Deep Throat and Barbara
NARS Audacious Lipstick in a festive gold case
Products mentioned in article
NARS Audacious Lipstick
NARS Velvet Eyeliner
NARS Man Ray Love Game Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Man Ray Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Man Ray The Veil Cheek Palette
NARS Man Ray Noire et Blanche Audacious Lipstick Coffret
NARS Man Ray Les Amoureux Audacious Lipstick Coffret
NARS Man Ray The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Man Ray Love Triangle
NARS Man Ray Overexposed Glow Highlighter
Marina Milojević is a senior editor at Fragrantica. She’s been a member of the team since 2010. Marina writes for BeautyAlmanac and Luxois, ...(more)
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