The Marc Jacobs show has long been known as the finale of New York Fashion Week, so it’s no wonder his is one of the most highly anticipated—and buzzed about—shows. We were doubly lucky to not only get the backstage details on the look created by NARS, but to get those details from Mr. François Nars himself —the makeup legend and mastermind of the Marc Jacobs beauty look.
“This is a ’40s meets ’70s downtown, East Village girl who’s been out partying all night, dancing up a sweat,” says Nars. The makeup was intended to appear as if it had ‘lived a little bit’. How was this accomplished? Petroleum jelly (or grease, as Nars called it). Turquoise and brown shadow (Aigle Noir Velvet Shadow Stick and Solomon Islands Eye Paint) were applied to the inner corners of the eyes only because Mr. Nars didn’t want a discernible shape to the eye. Due to the mix of ‘grease’ with shadow, color collected into the creases of the eyes, which evoked a lived-in feel. A bit of brown shadow was even applied under the eyes to create dark circles so the models appeared ‘tired but beautiful’. Lashes were spidery and dramatic from several coats of Audacious Mascara—”the more the better”, according to Nars.
No foundation or concealer was used, brows were left as is (not even brushed), so the girls had a ‘real’ quality to them. Petroleum jelly was again applied on the cheekbones and eyes for shine, and completed the skin.
The finished look spoke to a “rough glamour, very real, but sophisticated”—just like the clothes from the collection, which were a flurry of blues, reds, golds, sequins and embroidery. We couldn’t think of a more memorable look to end New York Fashion Week. And that’s a wrap—next up, London!