It was a few years later when Nars caught the eye of Vogue fashion stylist Polly Mellen and made the move to New York. "Polly knew the makeup I was doing through the magazines in France and said I want you to meet Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Steven Klein. I want you to work for Vogue."
Nars' perception of beauty hasn't changed since he launched his company with 12 lipsticks sold at Barney's in 1994.
"I really wanted to have a different approach of beauty because when I came to America they were still heavily, heavily plastic," he said. "The ads were so heavily retouched. My goal was always to make the girl look real, and look beautiful. It didn't matter how much makeup. Sometimes it was none at all."
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