Marc Jacobs Launching Sephora Makeup Line

Marc Jacobs on turning down the Dior job
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Marc Jacobs is launching a makeup line.

File this one under Silver Linings: Things may not have worked out between Dior and Marc Jacobs, but the halted job negotiations appear to have freed Jacobs to devote more time to his burgeoning beauty empire.

Just days after announcing plans to launch a third women's fragrance, Dot, in July, the designer has revealed that he's teaming up with Sephora on a full color cosmetics collection, Women's Wear Daily reports.

Though Jacobs has worked with NARS in the past—even posing in full makeup for the beauty brand—that experience was limited to matching his cashmere gloves to their nail polishes. Now he'll be the one calling the shots and creating the products.

"I see makeup, fragrance—everything, really—as an opportunity," Jacobs tells WWD. "The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner—it’s just such a delight. The ritual of waking up and making those choices is something people really enjoy. We currently are working on defining what Marc Jacobs cosmetics will be, what they’ll say, what makes them distinctive. I think that will take some time, but the first meeting was good.”

Translation: We may be waiting a while for the line, which is still in the early development stages, to hit stores. How ever will we manage?

In the meantime, Jacobs is seeing his new beauty projects as a natural extension of his work as a fashion designer.

“Anything to me that is part of the joy, the ritual, of getting dressed—things that women enjoy like bags, shoes, fragrance, clothes, makeup—that’s what fashion’s about for me,” Jacobs says.

“I love the opportunity, wherever there is one, to adorn, to decorate, to scent, to dress. That’s what fashion’s all about. It’s not necessary, it’s something you want—it’s a fancy and a whim.”

"Not necessary"? We beg to differ ...