Serge Lutens—a creative visionary whose many roles have included art director, perfumer, photographer, filmmaker, makeup artist, and hair stylist—arrived in Paris in 1962, and very quickly began working with the top fashion magazines and couturiers. While he didn’t create the concept of luxury cosmetics, he certainly helped mold it. The culmination of his work came in 2000 with the launch of his eponymous collection of essential makeup and perfumes housed in architectural black lacquer packaging and sleek glass bottles. One swipe of the unique Comb Mascara delivers lashes so long and lifted that its devotees will use nothing else. The Lip Palettes house shades chosen by Lutens himself for the ultimate lip wardrobe.

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