Charlotte Gainsbourg is a French/ English actress and singer with four albums to her name and has starred in over 40 films. She's the daughter of Jane Birkin (yes, of the Hermes Birkin bag) and the late French musician Serge Gainsbourg. She has a half-sister, Lou Doillon, who's equally as stylish and just as cool. Seriously. Can I be related to these women?
If that's not enough, Charlotte's also good pals with designer Nicholas Ghesquire, current creative director at Louis Vuitton. Back when he was designer for Balenciaga, he made Charlotte the face of the Balenciaga Eau De Perfum ads.
The latest collection from NARS in collaboration with Charlotte Gainsbourg can only be described as chic, effortless and sexy.
It makes me think of the quintessential Parisian girl with her tousled hair, just-bitten lips and perfectly smudged eye makeup that looks like she just rolled out of bed but still looks incredible.
I've been following Charlotte's career for as long as I can remember. I've always been a huge fan of her personal style, which happens to inspire my own. She's a phenomenal actress and hearing of her collab with NARS made me drool immediately but seeing the collection in person was another thing altogether.
The collection is inspired by Charlotte's "memories of London, music and Paris and her intimate experience with makeup on set". ~Sephora
The Charlotte Gainsbourg x NARS collection features limited edition makeup brushes, three shades of multiple tint sticks, three lip tints, three kohl eyeliners, two shade of duo velvet eyeshadows and face tints in four shades - everything you need to recreate Charlotte's effortless beauty routine for yourself.
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Au Poil Brush Roll, $200
I've never seen a brush set as unique and beautiful as this one by Charlotte Gainsbourg. The 5 piece set contains a face, powder, eye, concealer and eye shadow brush in a faux leather roll. It's all you need to do your makeup and it's the perfect brush set for travel. Each brush features a different finish on the handle from wood to black marble. The handles are long and have a nice weight to them that make makeup application comfortable. I mention the weight because as much as I love Marc Jacobs brushes, they are heavy and the weight becomes obvious after a while.
At first, I thought the face brushes would be too small to apply foundation, powder, and blush but they're actually a perfect size. I've become accustomed to big face brushes but having a small universal brush makes it easy to apply powder under the eyes and a touch of blush on the apples of the cheeks. I almost prefer this because it simplifies my makeup routine.
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Multiple Tint, $49
These sheer Multiple Tint sticks are perfect for adding a dewy flush a colour to the cheeks and lips. It comes in three shades - Jo (light pink), Jeannette (sheer berry), and Alice (poppy red).
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Velvet Duo Eyeshadow in Old Church Street, $43
The perfect eyeshadows for smoky eyes. Wear them alone or together for smouldering bedroom eyes. For a bold look, use the deep matte teal smudged around the eyes. For a soft feminine look, swipe a wash of the golden champagne shade on the eyelids.
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Kohliner in Zinc, $31
I love this soft kohl pencil for the waterline and lining my lashes. It's comfortable to use and wears well throughout the day. I like to layer the deep teal Velvet Duo Eyeshadow over my liner using the smudge brush from the Charlotte Collection to get those intense smouldering eyes that French women do so well.
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Lip Tint in Promise, $33
Don't be fooled by the intense colour you see in the tube. These lip tints add a sheer wash of colour to the lips for a natural sheen and just-bitten look. The formula is extremely comfortable to wear and feels like a juicy lip balm on the lips. Three limited edition shades are available; Double Decker (ruby red), Éphélide (antique rose), and Promise (red plum).
Photography by Nathalie Martin and Michael Biro.
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg collection was provided as PR samples.
Other NARS items in this story are from my personal collection.
All photos and opinions are my own.
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