Backstage with Nars Spring 2012

Oh Nars, how you make my eyes get wide with excitement! I love pictures that allow you to view the craziness backstage of a fashion show. I feel the rush, the adrenaline the artist is experiencing...maybe it's the coffee and rockstar they ate for breakfast?? or...maybe it's being in the moment of creating artwork for the world to see.

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: "For Spring / Summer 2012, we were inspired by Van Gogh's brushwork within his paintings, said Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.

LOOK: "It’s a really beautiful, round, smoky eye with gradations of blue,” said lead artist James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics “It’s like ‘Starry Night’ and then there’s this beautiful lavender lip, complemented by warm skin.”

DESIGNER INSPIRATION:"The Spring 2012 collection is an expression of fluidity and softness and modernity in terms of fabrics and shapes and styling," said designer Daryl Kerrigan. "This season also marks a continuation of my exploration into prints through a collaboration with artist Spencer Sweeney."

LOOK: "It complements Daryl's collection without overpowering it," said Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Artist. "A subtle swipe of blue along the lash line creates a playful affect but the strong brow and radiant skin add confidence."

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: "It's the idea of the iconic American cowboy gone multi-cultural. The color story came from India, inspired by the spice market -- but with a cowboy flair," said designer Thakoon Panichgul.

LOOK: "Because the collection is so colorful, I wanted to focus on a classic, strong brow. I kept the face natural, with a little pink on the cheek for healthy color. On the eyes, I focused on contouring to show strength and attitude, a cowboy attitude that is," said makeup artist Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics.

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: "It's Jean Michael Basquiat on the coast,” said designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein. “The collection is very surf-inspired but ‘cool’ surf. Like a New York artist on the coast.”

LOOK: "The girls look really expensive,” said James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry. “The blush and loose powder that we used makes them look golden and sun-burnt.”

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: “A free-spirited woman in pursuit of love,” said designer Joy Cioci about the inspiration behind her collection. “The pieces are effortless, but luxe with a juxtaposition of soft details and vibrant colors.”

LOOK: “Radiant skin is having a moment again,” said Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Artist. “We were seeing very matte skin throughout the past few seasons, but dewiness is back, paired with a precisely-lined, bold lip. It’s elegant but it’s tough.”

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