Marc Jacobs gets lacquered up for Nars’ 15th anniversary book

Makeup artist and photographer François Nars founded his cosmetics brand with 12 lipsticks. They, and the full line of makeup that soon followed, became iconic, covetable as much for the colours as for the tactile rubbery packaging and clever names. (You may have heard of a certain blush called “Orgasm.”) For the company’s 15th anniversary, 15 celebs (both fashion and the regular variety) posed for photos based on a Nars shade and an iconic reference.

In our favourite shot, a topless tattooed Marc Jacobs is done up (by François himself, who also took all the photos) as ’60s model China Machado in an Avedon photograph, his nails painted in tomato-red Dovima polish. Other faces attached to the project include Olivier Theyskens, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natasha Poly and Daphne Guinness. A book of the portraits (as well as the individual pictures) will be available for sale as of Thursday at and proceeds go the the celeb’s charity of choice. (Jacobs and Poly chose amfAR, Theyskens supports CARE.) The site will only be up for 30 days so, you know, get cracking–this is the thing to get for the beauty-obsessive on your list.

Click on the pics below to see more shots from the series.

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