Who is François Nars?

François Nars’ creative vision, which launched NARS Cosmetics with 12 iconic lipsticks in 1994, inspires self-expression and imaginative artistry through an unexpected, no-rules philosophy of beauty.

As one of the most influential imagemakers in the world, François’ signature boundary-pushing approach to makeup manifests from the palette to the product name to the campaign photograph itself – continuing to bring high-fashion, high-style, and forward thinking to beauty. With every product, endless opportunities for expression:

“Don’t hold back. Be bold. It encourages others to do the same.”

- François Nars, Founder & Creative Director.

François Nars’ philosophy

A true artist, François Nars understands and appreciates the power of style and elegance. Always on the cutting edge, François possesses the unique ability to expose a person’s true inner beauty whether as make-up artist, photographer or as the creative director of NARS Cosmetics.

“What interests me is character. I’ve always been attracted to faces with personality, strength and a unique quality. That is beauty.”

- François Nars, Founder & Creative Director.