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July 28 2014

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The 411: Poppy King

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Poppy King has always been a woman totally obsessed with lips. At 18, an age when most of us are busy getting ill-advised tattoos, King launched her first beauty brand in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Called Poppy, the collection comprised pigment-rich, matte lipsticks befitting of 1940′s screen sirens. It was a stroke of genius—and so is her sophomore effort, Lipstick Queen. The line focuses on all things lip-related and has developed legions of devotees who appreciate its singular and thoughtful approach to the art of pout-painting, us included (King has already been the subject of our Beautiful Lives feature). A regular fixture on the streets of Nolita, where she can often be spotted wearing little else in the way of makeup than a bright red lip, King was kind enough to share her own beauty routine.



The Pro: Poppy King

Founder of Lipstick Queen.

The Lip: Better Off Red

“I am going through a huge stage of loving my Fired Up! It’s a sheer red gloss that suits every single skin tone and it looks like you have been locked in a kiss with a cherry.”

Lipstick Queen Fired Up, $18, www.urbanoutfitters.com.

The Colorist: Double Trouble

“I swap between two fabulous colorists, Michael Angelo at Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor and Brian Thompson at Marie Robinson. They are both so good at keeping me from going over the blonde edge and keeping it, well, not real, but not fried within an inch of its life.”

Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor, 418 W. 13th St., NYC, (212) 524-2800, www.wonderlandbeautyparlor.com; Marie Robinson Salon, 155 Fifth Ave., 4th fl., NYC, (212) 358-7780, www.marierobinsonsalon.com.


The Nails: Local Favorite

“I am a total fast nail fan and will manicure around the city. I choose my manicurist like I choose Starbucks, out of location convenience and not necessarily because they are the best. I most often find myself in Nails by Deca because it is close to where I live.”

Nails by Deca, 50 Spring St., NYC, (212) 625-8537.

The Workout: Bikram Yoga

“I have been doing Bikram for over four years, and although it took two years of convincing for me to try it, it only took two classes for me to know I have found my life partner in terms of exercise and mental upkeep. It has changed my life, even on the days I hate it I still love it, which is perfect for a life partner.”

Bikram Yoga Manhattan in Soho, 148 Spring St., 4th fl., NYC, (646) 613-1674, www.bikramyogamanhattan.com.

The Adrenaline Rush: Flying High

“I was taken to trapeze school for my birthday and I don’t think my skin has ever looked better than after learning how to swing upside down. It may not do wonders for your hair but boy does it get the blood flowing and the skin glowing with excitement.”

Trapeze School New York, 518 W. 30th St., NYC, (917) 797-1872, www.trapezeschool.com.

The Depilatory: Venus Razor by Gillette

“I am super-lazy and more scared of waxing than I am of razor bumps.”

Gillette Venus Razor, $6, www.cvs.com.

The Facial: Clarisonic

“Clarisonic’s spinning cleansing brush is my favorite kind of massage. It has literally changed my skin from drab to fab.”

Clarisonic Plus Skincare Brush, $225, www.spacenk.com.

The Perfume: Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir

“This is one of those that strangers stop to ask what you are wearing. And I love the name; makes me feel like I have stepped out of a still-life portrait on the wall of the Met.”

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne, $100, www.jomalone.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Poppy King

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