Growing up in the South of France, Francois Nars developed a love of beauty and fashion from magazines and from his mother’s collectionof designer clothes. This love of fashion and beauty led him to head to Paris to take his makeup training at the Carita school of Makeup.

FNarsDuring the 80s, as Nars entered the world of fashion, he built a reputation for his idiosyncratic take on makeup which learnt him work with magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. His makeup training and creative makeup skills were put to use with collaborators as varied as Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, and Madonna.

Nars launched his own makeup line in 1994 with a collection of 12 lipsticks and sold the brand to Shiseido in 2000, having built it to a level where the proceeds of the sale were able to find his own private island. The company is famous for its distinctive colour palette and it’s fun (and often suggestive) product names.

As an artist Nars rarely sought to hide a client’s imperfections, instead celebrating individuality through his makeup looks.

If you want to apply your creativity to makeup like Francois Nars, why not take a look at our range of media makeup courses. Our school also occasionally works together with Nars. Over the past years and more recently Jane Richardson, one of Nars’s top make-up artists, came to our school to demonstration a master class to our graduates. She demonstrated a recent Nars catwalk look and showed the students the whole range of products including some new ones and how to use them.

The London School of Makeup is situated in central London and our courses are IMA accredited. Call us to find out more.

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