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François Nars of NARS Cosmetics, in conversation with MECCA founder Jo Horgan

Season 4, Ep. 2

In this episode of MECCA Talks, and in celebration of 25 years of MECCA, Kate hands over hosting duties to MECCA founder Jo Horgan for a supremely special conversation with creative genius, beauty industry legend and the man behind NARS Cosmetics, Mr François Nars.


In the rare interview, Nars shares the inception of some of the beauty industry’s most popular and bestselling products (think NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, 'Laguna' Bronzer and 'Orgasm' Blush). He reflects on an unparalleled, decades-spanning career – and candidly shares the path that led him there. And, Nars shares memories of painting – and photographing – some of the world’s most recognisable faces: Kate Moss, Tilda Swinton, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Sigourney Weaver and Liv Tyler among them.


Like the 25-year-long partnership between NARS and MECCA, this episode is one for the beauty history books. Hit play!

Brands and products mentioned in this episode:

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

NARS Light Reflecting Foundation

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Orgasm Blush

NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder

NARS Lipstick


Read more:

The man behind NARS: François Nars on creativity, perfectionism and the almighty Orgasm

An expert guide to NARS foundations and bases

One beauty brand, two beauty icons: why NARS Orgasm Blush and Sheer Glow Foundation are our MVPs


Hosts: Kate Blythe, Jo Horgan

Guest: Mr François Nars

Producer: Kerri Gordon

Audio Engineer: Max Solomon

Editor: Michael Liberale

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