Dec. 18, 2020

Episode 8: Lena Koro - NARS Global Artistic Director

We’re back this week with Episode 8. I sat down with the absolutely stunning makeup artist & NARS Global Artistic Director, Lena Koro. We talked all about her deep love and passion for beauty and glamour, her decades of work with Francois Nars including his books Makeup Your Mind, Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself, and X-Ray. Plus their work together with Amber Valletta, inspired by Luis Buñuel’s classic, Belle Du Jour and as always, so.much.more. Enjoy!

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EPISODE 8: LENA KORO GUEST: LENA KORO, @LENAKORO, #LENAKORO, #TRACEYMATTINGLYAGENCY HOST: TIFFANY BARTOK, @TIFFANYBARTOK Transition Music Prod. by Benny Alexander Intro and Outro Music by MARTIN DESCRIPTION: We’re back this week with Episode 8. I sat down with the absolutely stunning makeup artist & #NARSissist Global Artistic Director, Lena Koro. We talked all about her deep love and passion for beauty and glamour, her decades of work with #FrancoisNars including his books Makeup Your Mind, Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself, and X-Ray. Plus their work together with #AmberValletta, inspired by Luis Buñuel’s classic, #BelleDuJour and as always, so.much.more. Enjoy! PROMO: Whether you’re promoting a new product, special event, TV or film premiere, or advertising your brand, Presentation Folder has got you covered with their custom posters & signs to showcase your message and design in a beautiful way. Their custom posters & signs are printed full color, are great for short-run projects, and utilize the highest quality UV Inks developed from their latest Digital Printing Press. Order your custom posters or signs directly online at www.presentationfolder.com and save 15% on your next order when you use the Promo Code: Tiffany15 at checkout. Bring your print to life the PFI way. - Lena talks about getting her start in the industry, moving to Europe to build up her portfolio, and back to a time when models and artist’s feared leaving their precious portfolios behind in a cab. #gosees - She assisted #KevynAucoin, #StephaneMarais, #LindaCantello, #MaryGreenwell to name a few. She spent most of her time in Italy, where she ended up meeting the legendary, #FrancoisNars. Her first show with Nars was #AlbertaFerretti, Milan 1990. - Before Instagram and the internet boom, there was an era of super models, photographers, makeup artists, hairstylists and you waited to see their work show up at the newsstands in #Vogue, #ItalianVogue, #HarpersBazaar, etc. - Francois opened the door for Lena to come to NYC and work for him in the studio. It was a major moment. She didn’t have to think about it. Another story of powerful manifestation. She believed in herself! - Amber Valletta product campaign & in Nars’s book 15x15, Photographed by Francois Nars, Makeup by Lena Koro, Hair by Oribe (Amber wears Belle de Jour Lipstick by Nars) *Correction this shoot was 2010, not 2001 as stated in the episode. * NARS Makeup Primer * NARS Fiji Sheer Matte Foundation * NARS Eden Loose Powder * NARS Orgasm Illuminator * NARS Enchanted Cream Blush * NARS Orgasm Blush * NARS Burn It Blue Duo Cream Eyeshadow * NARS Pandora Duo Eyeshadow * NARS Cleo Duo Eyeshadow * NARS Blondie Single Eyeshadow, using the NARS Brow Shader. * NARS Mambo Eyeliner Pencil * NARS Nuits Blanches Eyeliner * NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara * NARS Angélique Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment * NARS Love Devotion Lipstick. - Tilda Swinton for NARS by Francois Nars (2015), Makeup by #JamesBoehmer - NARS for #MarcJacobs NYFW (Fall 2009) - We discuss Lena’s work on Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself + Makeup Your Mind (2002) by Francois Nars - “NARS Audacious lipstick in Lana solves all problems!” - Tiffany - X-RAY by Francois Nars (1999) - Tahiti: Faery Lands (2013) Look Behind The Look is a new podcast hosted by the filmmaker behind Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story, Tiffany Bartok. It is a deep dive into iconic looks in film, TV, music, and fashion history with the creatives that brought them to life. Look Behind The Look also offers rare and exclusive visuals on YouTube featuring archival photographs and footage to enjoy along with the story.

Lena Koro

Makeup Artist

Originally hailing from Tokyo, Lena Koro is an internationally-recognized makeup artist who moved to California to pursue her passion for beauty. Although she began her career as a hair stylist, she realized her love for all things beauty after moving to Europe where she worked in Paris and Milan on various editorial campaigns, advertising campaigns, and runway shows.

In New York, Lena began her work as the first assistant to Francois Nars, founder and creative director of Nars Cosmetics. She worked on both of his books, X Ray and Makeup Your Mind. Lena also assisted him behind the scenes of fashion shows for major design houses including Prada, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Anna Sui, D&G, Versace Versus and Alberta Ferretti. She has worked alongside Francois Nars at the Fall/Winter 2009 and Spring/Summer 2010 Marc Jacobs runway shows at Fashion Week in New York.

Her multilingual capabilities have enhanced her ability to extend her vision of beauty around the world. She has collaborated with reputable photographers with renowned international magazines such as Vogue, Vogue Italia, W, Vanity Fair, Allure, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Grazia, LD, and GQ. Her fashion and cosmetic campaigns include Nars Cosmetics, Versace, Valentino, Diesel, Bally, Armani Fragrances, Akris, Saks Fifth Avenue, Club Monaco, Nike, Redken Fifth Avenue, Clariol, Hennessy, and Air France.

Lena has traveled on tour for Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, and Lil’ Kim. Her celebrity clients including Brooke Shields, Donatella Versace, Jennifer Lopez, Kirsten Dunst, Salma Hayek and Lisa Marie Presley. She currently resides in Brooklyn and has a deep passion for her four dogs, fashion, painting, and music.