“Andy Warhol realized art could take any form. Putting on your makeup is a kind of self-portrait.” –François Nars (Creator, NARS Cosmetics)
Inspired by the legendary artist Andy Warhol, NARS recently launched the limited edition Andy Warhol Collection. The collection embodies the cool, image-rich, and character-laden world of Andy Warhol, featuring bright and graphic makeup palettes. The new line contains make-up influenced by the pop icon’s silvery Factory, and his easily-recognisable work featuring silkscreened superstars and avant-garde films.
The 29-piece line, created in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation, coincides with the 25th anniversary of Warhol’s death. It is also the largest collaboration for both the foundation and NARS. Michael Hermann, licensing director for the Warhol Foundation, says collaborating with NARS was appropriate because of its “fearless, cutting-edge approach”. Warhol believed, “Everybody is a superstar. At least for 15 minutes” and a trademark look was vital to achieving superstar status. The artist saw makeup as a way to embody his approach that “if everybody’s not a beauty, then nobody is”.
Products include an authentic 16mm film canister with the face of Edie Sedgwick, a quintessential sixties ‘It Girl’ and Andy Warhol’s most memorable muse. A deluxe cosmetics bag is printed with the face of Candy Darling, the ultimate blond bombshell and Andy Warhol’s greatest actress, who considered beauty to be a duty.
The brand has released a limited edition Larger than Life Eyeliner in a silvery black shade called 47th Street ($38). Five new colours are available in the NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss including a raspberry colour named Penny Arcade, the performer who featured in Warhol’s 1970 film Women in Revolt. International Velvet (a pink glacé colour) is named for the fashion model Susan Bottomly, this stage name created by Warhol himself. Other shades include Viva (a rich rose), Candy Says (a shimmering strawberry pink) and Holly Woodlawn (a bright orange red)
The Andy Warhol Eye-Shadow Palettes ($89) are stand-outs in the exclusive range. Featuring self-portraits of the artist and quotes on the mirrors, the shadow palettes are available in three unique shades; self-portrait 1 is a mixture of black, bright periwinkle blue and vibrant green. In comparison, the 2nd portrait encompasses shades of black, white and silver, whilst the 3rd portrait holds a mixture of dark browns, rose pinks and heather blues.
The Andy Warhol Debbie Harry Eye and Cheek Palette ($105) includes eye-shadow shades in White Shimmer, Sparkling Turquoise, Starry Black and Twinkling Purple, as well as blush colours in Brilliant Cream and Shimmering Pink Champagne. Pop star Debbie Harry was Warhol’s friend and a model in his artwork. The NARS palette sparkles with glitter and diamond powder made from micronized diamonds to reflect Warhol’s use of “Diamond Dust”.
The NARS Andy Warhol collection is available at Mecca Cosmetica.
Images courtesy of NARS and Mecca Cosmetica