Francois Nars Shares His Holiday Makeup Tips and Secrets with Us

The holidays are officially upon us. Do you have a makeup plan yet? You probably have a few more holiday events to attend, and of course there's the night to end all nights coming up--New Year's eve. Or maybe you just feel like getting dramatically made up for a random Wednesday night. Perfect. We got to pick the brain of none other than Francois Nars, the creative director and founder of NARS Cosmetics. Nars is known for drama and color, and we couldn't think of anyone better to answer all our pressing holiday makeup conundrums. Read on for his wise words and product suggestions.
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The holidays are officially upon us. Do you have a makeup plan yet? You probably have a few more holiday events to attend, and of course there's the night to end all nights coming up--New Year's eve. Or maybe you just feel like getting dramatically made up for a random Wednesday night. Perfect. We got to pick the brain of none other than Francois Nars, the creative director and founder of NARS Cosmetics. Nars is known for drama and color, and we couldn't think of anyone better to answer all our pressing holiday makeup conundrums. Read on for his wise words and product suggestions.
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The holidays are officially upon us. Do you have a makeup plan yet? You probably have a few more holiday events to attend, and of course there's the night to end all nights coming up--New Year's eve. Or maybe you just feel like getting dramatically made up for a random Wednesday night. Perfect.

We got to pick the brain of none other than Francois Nars, the creative director and founder of NARS Cosmetics. Nars is known for drama and color, and we couldn't think of anyone better to answer all our pressing holiday makeup conundrums. Read on for his wise words and product suggestions.

On how to do a festive look without always going the smoky eye route: "Shimmery colors and a dramatic look are ideal for a holiday party; Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow gives you both. A red lip is always classic, and Joyous Red Lipstick is the perfect amber red color that will update any looks.”

On how to work the metallic trend without going the predictable gold and silver route: "For the holiday season, I recommend exploring new colors. Try metallics such as Etrusque (a metallic bronze) and Melusine (metallic lavender). It will give you a very sophisticated look that is very dramatic.”

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

On how to prevent glittery eye makeup from ending up all over your face: “Be light-handed when you’re doing makeup. It’s not about the quantity, it’s about the quality and how you apply it. Less is more!"

On festive alternatives to the red lip: “I have a real love affair with lipstick – you could try a bold fuschia or pop of pink. It has such a strong impact on the face. You feel immediately elegant and chic and it gives the face a lot of strength. It gives you more power. And, if you don’t like it, take it off and try something else. Makeup is not a commitment!”