Watch: Our Senior Editor Tries the Limited-Edition Nars Man Ray Collection
Though it feels like Christmas is still light years away, we're already gearing up for the shimmery, gilded makeup looks best served up during the holidays. So I felt it appropriate to take one of the season's most anticipated offerings—Nars's Man Ray collection—and give it a go on camera.
Man Ray was an artist who came to prominence in the 1930s and contributed to the Dada and Surrealist movements. His iconic image "The Lovers," in which he drew lips in the sky above the water, is what served as inspiration for Nars's limited-edition collection.
Mr François Nars himself explains the inspiration behind the collection: "For me, part of the fun of looking at old black and white photographs is imagining what makeup colors and textures were used. Of course the models are wearing color—probably black eyeliner, powder, dark lip color—only we can’t see it. I also like to imagine what colors Man Ray might have been drawn to if he was working today. And, almost as important, is the aesthetic and vision of beauty that Man Ray represented – it is bold and moody, and a little irreverent and edgy. That’s what we have tried to capture in the shades of this collection."
Now that you've read a little bit of the history, let's get down to the makeup. My favourites (I try them on above) are the Overexposed Glow Highlighter in Double Take ($61), the Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette ($71), and the Noire et Blanche Audacious Lipstick Coffret ($80). The highlighter is a champagne shimmer meant to look like a second skin. It's luminous in a universally flattering way (trust me, my cool-toned skin never usually works with a golden shade).
The eye shadow in Tryst is equally as flattering, sheer if you want it to be but absolutely buildable. Once I applied a few layers of the shadow, I had this super-pigmented, glittery gold look I couldn't wait to re-create for a holiday party.
For a final touch, I topped it off with the super -reamy Dolores shade included in the lipstick set. It was glossier than I usually go for but adds the special oomph you want for a holiday look.
The result? A totally easy-to-pull-off, chic face of makeup that has a special history to boot.