Poppy King

meet the queen of the lipstick jungle

"It was in danger of going the way of the Sony Walkman," Poppy King says of the fate of lipstick, the once essential cosmetic that's spent the last decade in the shadows of sparkly gloss. But with opaque shades of orange and fuchsia all the rage on the Fall runways, a bolder approach is back in favor, and who better to lead the charge than this Aussie native and former Estée Lauder executive? Not only does King have her own line, but she wrote the book on the subject: Lessons of a Lipstick Queen, due out in paperback this month. "It's going to take a re-education to bring lipstick back completely," she says. Here, King talks about her early-movie-star worship, how not to look overdone, and reading Michelle Obama's lips.

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—Celia Ellenberg

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