Beauty Find: Geisha-Worthy Makeup

Nars Bento Box Set brings Japanese beauty home

With their perfect porcelain skin and silky floral kimonos, Japanese geishas have long inspired the beauty and fashion world. If, like us, you’ve ever coveted the artful performers’ stand-out lips, you’ll love the latest offering from Nars: A limited-edition set of two geisha-worthy lip colours that come housed inside a wooden Bento box, the compartmented dish commonly used for Japanese lunches. Each vivid shade comes hand-poured in a Kabuki cup, along with a handmade brush for application. As if the bright cherry red and vibrant pink pigments (both enriched with vitamin E) weren’t enough to have us swooning, the craftsmanship of the set is supreme. From the black ceramic pots to the Wisteria-wrapped brush handle, the artsy touches make a typical lipstick bullet seem woefully plain. Proof that perfection takes time, the formula took a decade to develop, inspired by the porcelain pot of rouge that founder and creative director François Nars brought home from a trip to Japan years ago. With the power pigments ready just in time for the bold and bright pouts seen on spring runways, you’ll be saying sayonara to ho-hum lips.

Nars Bento Box Set (limited edition), $140. At Holt Renfrew stores.