SELF PORTRAIT<br />
“I feel like Andy himself was a painting. He manufactured himself very well—you could compare him to Karl Lagerfeld. He sold himself really well, his physique and persona, and we felt he was so iconic and so emblematic. So it was fun to put him on the box.”<br />
Eyeshadow palettes in “Self Portrait 3” and “Self Portrait 1”
“There’s something so fresh about Flowers. When I was looking at the silkscreens of them, they all looked like makeup palettes. So maybe it was an obvious choice, but I felt like women would love to open these palettes. I wish I could have done 20 more because there were so many possible colour combinations. It was almost frustrating to do only three.”<br />
Eyeshadow Palette in “Flowers 1”
EDIE SEDGWICK<br />
“Edie was such a natural with makeup. She also had a modernity that is incredible—she was so ahead of her time. I mean, she could walk into a room today and look better than any movie star. It was also her sense of style. The great thing about those people was that there was no one telling them what to wear. None of this crap of today that is so tacky.”
CANDY DARLING<br />
“Candy was really an amazing character and so incredibly beautiful. I read so many books about her, saw so many movies and read interviews. She was like a lost little girl in a way—there was something incredibly touching about that.”
If his product shade names are any indication—Edie, Nico, Ondine and Chelsea Girls—makeup artist François Nars has long been an Andy Warhol enthusiast. Though Nars laments the fact that he never had the opportunity to meet Warhol (“I think the first thing I would have done would be photograph him”), when he moved to New York in 1984, he had a connection to him in the form of his friend Marina Schiano, a former model and muse of Yves Saint Laurent, and a Warhol silkscreen subject. “She was extremely friendly with Andy and told me so many stories about him,” says Nars.
But Nars’ most direct link to the late silver-haired artist is through Fabien Baron. The former art director and current editorial director of Interview, the magazine Warhol founded, Baron is also a longstanding creative collaborator with Nars, having designed the brand’s product packaging, photography books and even the flagship Bleecker Street boutique. Using his knowledge of the Warhol archives, Baron helped Nars create the brand’s Andy Warhol Collection (from $21, at Sephora and department stores), three distinct sets of makeup inspired by Warhol’s world. They include palettes with the artist’s paintings printed into the makeup; even better, the colour extends all the way to the bottom of the cases so that as you use them, the image remains intact.
Nars was most inspired by The Factory, Warhol’s studio, and the characters who hung out there. “I loved the freedom and the creativity, the fact that it was so underground and rebellious. To me it represented New York and made you want to move there,” he explains. “All those people were extremely creative and fabulous.”