I recently had the chance to chat with the Jason Wu for a little bit about his collaboration with Lancome, a fall collection available exclusively at Nordstrom. Jason Wu has worked with Lancome in the past for his shows during New York Fashion Week but this is the first time he’s created an actual collection with Lancome or any other brand. It is a natural evolution of their working relationship and I hope we get to see that relationship continue to evolve. A girl can hope for a Jason Wu fragrance, right? If you’re not familiar with Jason Wu, chances are you know his work. He’s best known for designing the dresses Michelle Obama wore during the first and second inaugurations.
I also had the chance to meet Darais, Lancome’s National Makeup Artist. Aside from being a devastatingly handsome man, he’s an amazing makeup artist and has worked with some incredible people during his career. I was lucky enough to sit in a chair and have him do my eyes, loving the smokey blue look he gave. He also shared a few new tricks with me from doing my eyes to posing for pictures. God, I loved this man!
More on that below…
The collection includes three Jason Wu for Lancome Eyeshadow palettes in Violet Streak (the shade that started it all, Night Vision (that gorgeous smokey blue) and Excuse My Beauty (the most neutral with just a pop of green). Each palette retails for $51 and has the sleek gray packaging that is exclusive to this collection. Each palette includes shades that can be used as liners and highlighters, perhaps the best thing ever about their Color Design Palettes.
It doesn’t end there for the eyes, they are a focal point of the collection. Color Design Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow ($27.50) is part of the collection in Timeless Taupe, Extreme Espresso and Forever Noir as well as Precision Point EyeLiner ($32) in Noir, Définicils High Definition Mascara in Navy Blue ($29) and a Dual Ended Liner & Shadow Brush #18 ($35).
Lips and tips are also a part of this collection, the Rouge in Love ($28) shades are Sequence of Love, Rue St Honore and Cocoa Couture then the Vernis in Love ($19) shades are Madame Tulipe, Rose Boudoir and Lovered. All of these are pictured below.
Darais designed these looks using this collection combining both bold eyes and bold lips. We have been taught to choose one or the other, you can’t have bold lips if you have bold eyes and that one needs to be softer to balance the look. Sure, at times this is still true but sometimes a little glam is in order. Darais threw that notion out the window and combined a bold, strong lip with smokey, smoldering eyes.
These face charts are gorgeous, are they not? I swear, I wanted to take these home, put them in frames and hang them above my desk. I have a thing about face charts. 😉