When you've spent the past 15 years working for beauty pioneer François Nars and you're a make-up artist, it's safe to assume you know your product like the much-used back of your hand. So when it comes to new season colours and how to wear them, Nars International's Lead Artist Jane Richardson - a fast-talking, walking encyclopaedia of make-up tips and tricks - is precisely the woman you talk to. A proponent of the no rules make-up philosophy, Richardson has personally "worn every colour on the Nars counter" and wholeheartedly believes "women should wear more colour" - no matter their age, hair colour or skin tone (amen to that).
With the brand celebrating 20 successful years filled with of copious Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer purchases, not to mention fashion-forward collabs and awesome campaigns with icons like Tilda Swinton and Charlotte Rampling, the new colour collection arrives at a pretty major moment for the brand. Here, Jane Richardson talks us through the new collection - an eye-popping mix of shimmery and buildable textures, gorgeous nudes and deep red lipsticks that we dare you not to fall in love with.
1. Nars Velvet Shadow Sticks, $40, mecca.com.au
"These are the ones that work the hardest backstage, when we're doing the no make-up look. They're super easy and super quick - they just glide on the skin, so depending on the shade you can use them as a liner, or all over the lid and then blend them off. They differ from a pencil because they have more density, so they're longer lasting. You can use your finger or a brush and because they're creams they'll move."
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2. Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Telesto and Pasiphae, $42, mecca.com.au
"If you use them really light, you get a lovely soft wash depending on what kind of brush you use. But the magic happens when you use them wet. You build them up on your hand into a paste - it doesn't affect the eye-shadow at all - then apply onto your eyelid, or lash line instead of eyeliner and blend using a brush or your fingers. They dry reasonably quickly and once dry they won't crease. Because of the emulsive quality of the pigments it will give the illusion of wearing different shadows."
3. Blush in Tribulation, $42, mecca.com.au
"This is radiant and beautiful. You can use it as a highlighter if you're going for something a little more minimal. It gives you that glorious backstage skin when worn just on its own. "
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4. Lipstick in VIP Red, $40, mecca.com.au
"When you look at the line-up at 3.1 Phillip Lim A/W '15 and every single model has the same red lipstick on and it looks great - you know you've got a winner. This is a limited edition brown-based deep brick. You don't necessarily need a liner - just use the end to apply. If you want to increase definition use a darker or lighter lip liner. If you're not used to wearing a bold lip then keep the rest of your face clean."
5. Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girl and Baby Doll, $39 each, mecca.com.au
"We had two big sellers in the lip lacquer pots - and as a make-up artist, when I found out they were going to be discontinued, I started freaking out. They were a lot heavier - but luckily we brought them out in these new components."
The Nars Colour Fall 2015 collection is available exclusively at Mecca Cosmetica and Mecca Maxima stores, and online at mecca.com.au
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