Tilda Swinton is the newest face of NARS makeup: alien queen fierceness?


Let’s check in with Tilda Swinton to see what she’s been up to lately. Oh, right, she’s still the bossest boss to ever boss. Tilda is the newest face of NARS makeup and skincare line. This is the shot for the Spring campaign. It was shot by François Nars himself. What’s amazing is that there’s barely any makeup in this shot, just eyeliner, pale lipstick and what? Maybe some powder. Tilda famously hates wearing makeup in real life, so she’s the last person I would have put in a makeup ad. #FlawlessAlien #Goddess #Fierce

If there’s one thing you can count on from the man who brought the world Orgasm blush, it’s that he’s going to do the unexpected. François Nars doesn’t like to do anything predictable, even in his choice of campaign models, the latest of whom is quirky British actress Tilda Swinton, who will be the face of Nars’ spring campaign. Past choices have included Charlotte Rampling and Daphne Guinness.

“I love [Tilda’s] bold style and really admire her work,” Nars told WWD, adding that he chose the fiftysomething Swinton in part because of the roles she chooses as an actress, such as in the films “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

The mutual admiration society is, well, mutual. “I met François only recently, having long been an admirer of his from afar for many years,” Swinton said. “I liked him immensely and immediately and we were eager, from that first session, to do more things together. [The shoot was] the greatest of fun — supremely nice people, full of ease and play.”

Nars, unlike most makeup artists, shoots his own campaigns. He shot four portraits of Swinton — the ads will run from January through April — each portrait revealing one of the four makeup collections. First up is a visual in support of the Eye-Opening Act, a limited-edition color collection with prices ranging from $28 to $48. The eye-related color collection bows in Nordstrom and in Nars boutiques in January. Nars noted that each ad will show Swinton in a different way, revealing the character behind each collection.

[From WWD]

Nars also referred to Tilda as a “living legend.” Are we there yet? I mean, no disrespect to our Alien Queen (may she benevolently reign for eternity), but Tilda is only 53 (in earth years) and she still works a lot. I just think putting her in the “living legend” box makes her sound like she’s got one foot in the grave. But anyway… Tilda is awesome and now I’m going to buy some NARS stuff.


Ad photo courtesy of FRANÇOIS NARS, additional pics by WENN.

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  1. Lee says:

    I love it. She is an amazing alien goddess.

    • Pixelated says:

      SWINTON is amazing.
      But she’s not exactly the poster child for makeup. I guess neither is Chupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, and her new line with Shu Uemura came out recently.
      Do I care? (heads over to the Nars counter anyway)

    • Rose says:

      Yarp…I like the way that the NARS collections re-tool the Tilda-way of wearing makeup.
      Minimalist, and only focusing on the type of makeup that you want to wear.

  2. Samigirl says:

    Love this choice. I looooove nars and wear their products frequently. =)

  3. Mindy says:

    ‘She’s still the bossest boss to ever boss’

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Love that photo of her. Then again, I love, Love, LOVE her. She is a goddess.

  4. mkyarwood says:

    SWINTON. She is my goddess for all time.

  5. FranticallyBored says:

    She can do no wrong.

  6. Belle Epoch says:

    Yes to all of the above! Great choice!!! So glad we don’t have to look at another vapid famewhore. Tilda is the honey badger!

  7. FLORC says:

    I can’t help, but like her.

  8. smee says:

    Love Tilda & NARS, but she looks like she only has half a bottom lip in the top photo.

  9. Tig says:

    If someone has to come after Charlotte R, I’m glad it’s Tilda! Both have the most amazing, unique faces. Well done!

  10. Guesto says:

    Forever fierce.

    Re ‘living legend’, not sure about that. ‘Living art’ maybe.

  11. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She seems an odd choice for a makeup campaign. She looks better without makeup. That’s sort of her trademark, isn’t it?

  12. silken_floss says:

    She’s such an interesting woman. I adore her.

  13. poppy says:

    i hope to have her panache, verve and general youthfulness at 53.

  14. kri says:

    She is an unusual choice-but a great one. Nars is doing what a truly talented artist does-choosing an interesting subject, a flawless canvas (look at that skin!!) and adding in highlights (his color collection). I think it’s brilliant. So excited to see all of the portraits!

  15. Dancinnancy says:

    To Nordstrom I will go!

  16. Ava says:

    She just says awesome to me. Does what she wants with no excuse. Could can less what people think. Love her.

  17. LAK says:

    She rules. Now *i’m* off to buy some NARS make up. :)

  18. Etheldreda says:

    Does she really wear no make-up though? Or is it a celeb’s idea of ‘no make-up’? Ie, what most of us would consider everyday make-up, but much less than what most actresses wear on the red carpet?

    In the second photo above, for example, she seems to be wearing lipstick and foundation at the very least.

  19. MountainRunner says:

    I didn’t know she didn’t like to wear makeup. Love this goddess even more…

  20. Valois says:

    I like her, but not as the face of a Make Up brand.

  21. Anare says:

    What if Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch did something together. The alien fierceness would be out of control!

  22. John Wayne Lives says:

    Omg she’s amazing