Lancôme has announced the launch of a new collection in collaboration with fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, named Lancôme x Mert & Marcus After Dark Collection.

The partnership draws on years of collaboration between the L’Oréal-owned company and Mert & Marcus, and is the photographers’ first move into beauty. 

Set for a European launch in February before a U.S. launch in March, the color cosmetics range focuses on shades for nighttime. It will include make-up kits for the eyes and lips, as well as eyeshadows and lipsticks. 

Mert & Marcus have stated they wanted to respect the Lancôme woman yet ‘push boundaries.’

The collection is inspired by the photographers’ work within the fashion industry and their extensive beauty knowledge. 

Alas told, “Our photography has always tended to be a little on the dark side. I needed more questions, substance and depth. It was important that this rebellion was reflected in our makeup collaboration. We wanted to create a woman for Lancôme who is more nocturnal, to add a dark side to this iconic brand that all women love. After Dark came from there, because we wanted this character to be more of a night cat and slightly more dangerous.”

Françoise Lehmann, Lancôme Brand President, said, “Working with such talented and exceptional personalities like Mert & Marcus has been an exhilarating and passionate adventure. Mert & Marcus are not only brilliant artists and renowned photographers, but they are also incredible beauty experts. I am extremely proud of this collaboration, the visual universe they have created and the innovative textures.” Global Cosmetics News

    Back cover of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott featuring Kate Moss, Love Magazine, London, 2009. Charlotte Cotton; Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott 
      Oprah Winfrey is the cover star of the August 2018 issue of British Vogue. Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

        Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are two artists who make fashion photography. Mert Alaş was born in Turkey, and before pursuing photography he worked as a model. Marcus Piggott is originally from Wales. … They work for various magazines, such as Vogue, Dazed and Confused, and fashion labels like Gucci, Dior, and Kenzo

          Photography: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott Styled by: Tonne Goodman Hair: Vernon François Makeup: Nick Barose Model: Lupita Nyong’o
            La campagne Versace printemps-été 2013, photographiée par Mert & Marcus
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