Francois Nars celebrates 25th anniversary

Celebrity makeup artist Francois Nars is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his eponymous makeup brand with 72 iconic lipsticks shades.

NARS Iconic Lipstick Collection
NARS Iconic Lipstick Collection

In the world of social media where beauty creators document, stream and post their lives 24 hours per day, Francois Nars is an oddity. The reclusive makeup artist is rarely seen in public preferring to let his products take centre stage. In fact, he’s more comfortable in a research and development lab then hosting public events or master classes.

Francois Nars
Francois Nars

I had the pleasure of speaking with him for an hour on the phone years ago and I can tell you he is gentle, sweet and thoughtful. And he clearly likes to laugh a lot. Passionate about his makeup formulas, he emphasizes the importance of enjoying the moment and the power of spending time with good friends. He’s clearly figured out what is important to him in life and he’s living that life.

NARS lipstick in cruising
NARS lipstick in cruising

It was 25 years ago that Barney’s in New York City first stocked 12 Nars lipsticks in the matte black packaging. Francois had been working backstage at fashion shows and on set with the top fashion magazines. So he clearly knew what worked and what didn’t. Naomi Campbell credits him with custom blending foundation shades that worked on her skin. And the subsequent peachy-pink-gold blush called Orgasm made him a household name.

NARS lipstick in Bad Reputation
NARS lipstick in Bad Reputation

With dozens of artistic collaborations and several books to his name, Francois is marking the 25th anniversary with a nod to where it all started. He’s relaunching his iconic lipstick collection with some new colours and fan favourites. The formula has been updated to moisturize lips with a lightweight feel and strong pigment. I know that he sent dozens of prototypes back to the labs until he got the exact texture and colour vibrancy he wanted. Here’s to another 25 years, Francois!

NARS Iconic Lipsticks
NARS Iconic Lipsticks

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  • Leona Coleman
    August 22, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Love all the colours and the containers for the lipstick. Congratulations on 25th Anniversary in the beauty industry💄💄💄💄💄💄💋💋

  • Jacqueline Labrie
    August 15, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Congratulations on 25 years of helping women’s lips look Gorgeous. All NARS products are wonderfully beautiful.

  • Doris Humber
    August 6, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I hear this is a fabulous brand that I need to check out.

  • tabetha tlili
    August 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    love the NARS lipstick in cruising

  • Vickie Holloway
    August 4, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I have been a Licensed Stylist and Makeup Artist for 25 years… Wherever I go, No matter what Event that I am working My Magic… NARS has Always Been in My Beautiful Box of Exquisite Tricks.. Orgasm has always been Mind Blowing, but I cant Wait to Get My hands on The New CRUISING LIPSTICK. ;););)

  • Mary Lou MacKenzie
    August 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Enjoyed this informative article. Thanks Dave. Congrats to Francois Nars!

  • Shannon Kelly
    August 4, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    So many beautiful colors!!!

  • Hazel Juanita Millan-Hoffman
    August 4, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Huge fan of Nars Lipsticks

  • Denise
    August 3, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    so many beautiful colors

  • Anna Roszak Robinson
    August 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Great article!

  • Nafeeza Nazirbage
    August 3, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Wow every shade is gorgeous! @nnazirbage

    • Ann Lloyd
      August 5, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you Dave for an informative Article of Francois Nars 25th Anniversary! An amazing adventure for his passion, beautiful colours!

  • Mary Jo Withrow
    August 3, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Love NARS products in general.

  • Dawn Renee
    August 3, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Definitely going to check the lipsticks out. Been a fan of nars orgasm blush for years. Use it daily.