A Q&A With François Nars
You were born in the south of France, how did that shape your understanding of beauty and the world you saw around you? Was there a specific beauty identity you saw around you there?
François Nars: My mother was and still is a major influence on my approach to beauty. She was a natural beauty and I drew my complexion philosophy from her effortless makeup routine. My grandmothers were more of the artists and into makeup. My father's mother loved to paint her face and she did an incredibly beautiful job. I remember she would create perfectly drawn lips – almost as if she was retouched. She loved eyeliner too and would line her eyes and draw in her eyebrows flawlessly. Her precision came from her being an amazing painter (I hope I get my artistry from her). She was beyond artistic! I am lucky to have learned a little bit of everything from these muses and remember all the things they taught me throughout my childhood. Every memory, or little treasure, sticks with you for the rest of your life. Growing up and watching these women, they made a big impression on my life, they added to my strong aesthetic and vision of beauty that has stayed the same since I was young.