Theres a new craze in beauty right now and were looking East for inspiration.More
Shu Uemura’s latest collaboration is with internationally renowned Chinese movie director Wong Kar Wai who is responsible for critically acclaimed titles such as ‘In the Mood for Love’, ‘Chungking Express’ and ‘My Blueberry Nights’. Wong’s colourful directing career manifests itself in a shimmering rainbow of palettes [£39 each], false lashes [£18 and £26] and a mini brush set [£35] (to name just a few of our favourites). As well as designing the collection, Wong directed a special short film for the brand called “Mask” about his perspective of femininity and stars Taiwanese actress Sandrine Pinna - scenes from the ‘short’ (as it is known in the industry) can be found in holographic prints on the packaging in the collection – the scenes move and flicker as the eye catches them.
Francois Nars’ new Holiday 2011 collection, Modern Kabuki, was inspired by his travels through Japan and his obsession with kabuki make-up (the elaborate make-up worn by traditional Japanese dancers). The new collection includes Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette [£45], Mie Kabuki Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Conffret [£39] and Karoko Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Conffret [£25]. But our favourite has to be his new take on the Bento Box -Kudoki Kabuki Mini Lip Conffret [£90] – three intense, limited edition pigments poured in to ceramic pots. The kabuki lip brush allows you to mix your own lip shade and the sleek wooden box will be a welcome edition to your dressing table.