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Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself by François Nars

I just received my copy of Makeup Your Mind: Express yourself by François Nars. I purchased this for myself as a birthday gift to myself.

No, I haven’t read it yet, but in the introduction something jumped out at me that I wanted to quickly share with you:
Makeup is, therefore, the ultimate vehicle for personal expression.

Speaking of rules, I’m a big fan of breaking them. In many ways, it was a disdain for them that motivated me to create my makeup line and embark on a second career as a photographer.

One of the best things about makeup is its impermanence.

Follow your instinct. Wear what makes you happy.

I wholeheartedly believe this. If you don’t like someone’s makeup, don’t visit their blog. It’s their personal expression and it makes them happy. So let them be happy. Makeup makes me happy, and I love what François Nars has to say!

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  • Yay! I am glad that’s how that book starts and isn’t all rules like my Bobbi Brown experience. I plan on buying this at some point… maybe on pay day 😀


  • I utterly adore the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on this one! The concept of it is great, even the men in my family wanted to look at it 😀

  • I can’t help but smile at this. Then I remembered a certain “critic” and laughed. Hard. =’D

    • 🙂 Glad you got a laugh out of it! No one would DARE tell François Nars that he didn’t have the right idea when it comes to makeup.

  • An acquaintance asked me why I wear makeup – I told her it’s my mask – and I was wearing neutral colors! That’s only part of the reason.

    I feel more like me with colorful makeup! At the library, I wear blue eyeliner or silver eyelids, and the parents are taken aback while the little girls tell me they like my lipstick or nail polish!

  • Makeup has made me happy ever since I started wearing it. I like to imitate looks, but I still have my own, personal spin on it. And that’s why I adore your blog. I know you will put your own personality into the looks.

  • So true. My sister is in hairdressing and she feels the same way in regards to her photo shoot work. Not everyones cup of tea, but then it is her way of doing things.

  • What a fantastic quote! I totally agree — makeup has always been another form of art for me. It’s silly how some people take issue with bright colors and experimentation.

  • AMEN.

    If it makes *me* happy to wear lime lipstick and heavy winged eyeliner out to the grocers on a monday morning, then people shouldn’t be clutching their pearls over it. Geez! Expressing yourself with pretty colours isn’t something people should be so judgmental of. It’s not like we’re eating orphans or hunting baby rhinos.

  • LOVE Francois Nars! Love his stuff too, at least what I’ve tried of it! I was thinking of getting that book too, I’ll be on the lookout for your review of it!

  • “If you don’t like someone’s makeup, don’t visit their blog.” Amen sister, amen.

    • I think this should be something more people apply in life… if you don’t like something, don’t watch it, don’t participate in it. Do something else.

  • Definitely a quote worth repeating! I bought this for myself as well and have only skimmed through it – it’s beautiful and I can’t wait to digest more of it. I look forward to your review 🙂

    • This is such an amazing book and I’m not even 1/2 of the way through it. Some of the looks are so stunning.

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