His work has also been featured on the runways of designers such as Versace, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, and Karl Lagerfeld, as well as on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Italian Vogue, W, Elle, and Allure. Today, Francois is an acclaimed photographer and makeup artist whose beauty line NARS, infamously packaged in black rubber, has been a cult classic sensation since it first hit the shelves of Barney's over 15 years ago.
One of the perks of my job as a beauty editor is that I recently had the pleasure of reading Francois' newest book, Makeup Your Mind. This really cool book is more than images of beautiful people.
Capturing the faces, bone structure and skin type of every day people with his clean and modern photographic style, women are shown barefaced and then transformed by makeup, with a clear overlay showing how and where to apply makeup to attain these results. Because it breaks down sophisticated looks into easy basics, I truly think this is a classic must-have beauty book that every woman should acquire!
Francois, who divides his busy schedule between New York City and his private island in Tahiti, was kind enough to take the time and answer a few questions for Trust Your Style readers. Enjoy!
mj: What is your style philosophy?
francois: Be true to yourself. Don’t try and become someone else. Be yourself.
mj: Who are the people who have influenced your style?
francois: My mother, my grandmother and Greta Garbo.
mj: Who are some of your favorite designers and why?
francois: Yves Saint Laurent. He was somebody exceptional and someone who really inspired me from the beginning of my career. Somebody extremely bright. Marc Jacobs is also one of the most influential designers today.
mj: What up and coming makeup trends do you have your eye on and why?
francois: Confident, fashion-forward and graphic looks. Fall is the perfect time to play with dramatic shades, bold color and rich textures, like a bright blue eye or a stormy gray nail. I like the look of a bright blue eye and a pale pink lip, achieved with Outremer Eyeshadow and Pago Pago Lipstick. It’s striking and modern. Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is perfect for a deep aubergine lip to complement the softer colors of the Trio Eyeshadow.
mj: What are your favorite cities/places for creative inspiration?
francois: Inspiration comes from everywhere. From travel – places I’ve visited or I dream of visiting. I can’t travel everywhere so I travel through books, music and songs. Imagination is also very powerful. Much of my inspiration also comes from movies/cinema, from 1920’s up until today. And, of course, the opera, dance and ballet are a terrific source of inspiration for me.
Finally, nature plays a big role, especially my island in Bora Bora. Motu Tane inspires me a lot when it comes to creation of color. It puts me in a great mood. I come up with so many ideas when I am there.”
Thank you so much for stopping by Francois! Wishing you great success with your new book!