16 posts tagged "Lipstick Queen"
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Poppy King, founder of Lipstick Queen
The Product: “Lipstick has been the basis of my career, and I was 7 years old the first time I tried it on. My mother had just come back from Biba in London, where she bought back this oxblood-red lipstick. I remember sneaking into her room in our house in Melbourne to take the lipstick from her enormous art nouveau vanity table. It was quite dark because I didn’t want to put the lights on. I wound up the lipstick and put it on my lips. I remember the smell was waxy in that sort of seventies-lipstick way, and the color was very opaque, almost stiff. I suddenly felt like a superhero. My father had just passed away around this time, and I think I needed something to make me feel strong. My mom raised my bother and I and she worked so hard for everything we had. She was a clothing designer and had a very downtown idea of glamour—she wore this lipstick with a simple smoky eye and very pale skin. This moment changed the course of my life; it was the first time I got a sense of my own potential. Years later, when I launched my first brand, Poppy, I created a lipstick called Lust that was inspired by my mother’s Biba lipstick. She’s in her seventies now, but she was such an influence on me, and she taught me that sometimes you just need these little things—like lipstick—to make you feel strong.”
Sheer berry lip stains are the stuff my dreams are increasingly made of, which is why I fell so hard for Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit in LiV’s Lips when it launched during the holidays. What looked like a black bullet at first glance applied with a barely perceptible hint of bordeaux color, which tinted my mouth ever so slightly, for a fuller, poutier appearance. Seeing as how I’ve used it every day since—on my lips and cheeks—I have sadly run out of it, which is why I was disproportionately enthusiastic when Poppy King’s latest launch crossed my desk. King’s new Lipstick Queen offering in Hello Sailor is equally fear-inducing when you first see it. A peculiar shade of creamy blue, it looks more like costume makeup than everyday makeup. But as with Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit, it goes on with a transparent finish and boasts a cool berry tone with a touch of sapphire that actually helps teeth appear whiter and skin look more luminous. As an added bonus, the pigments themselves are suspended in a super-moisturizing vitamin-E treatment, so they glide on like a balm and soften skin with every application. In an exciting turn of events, it, too, works equally well on cheeks.
$25, available April 2013 at www.barneys.com.
In today’s world of lipstick domination, the myriad product options can be dizzying. Between stains, lip tars, lipsticks, and lip balms—not to mention finishes that include shiny, matte, shimmering, and glossy—the options are literally endless. Satin finishes have caught our eye recently, though, boasting a semimatte texture that offers a best-of-all-worlds solution to the long-standing lip-color debate. “Satin-finish lipsticks do not have a lot of shine to them, which makes them different from a creamy or glossy texture,” explains NARS national makeup artist Francelle Daly. “They have a bit of moisture in the formula to help glide on the lip, but it’s not 100 percent matte, either. This makes it easier to apply, and they tend to stay put without drying out.” If this sounds like the kind of compromise you’ve been looking for, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite satin-finish ’sticks to help spread the lip love.
Peaches and Cream
Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Meg
The beauty of a satin lipstick is that it feels so good. This hydrating formula contains Cupuaçu butter from Brazil to keep lips supersoft, and has a thicker formula than other satin lipsticks.
Lipstick Queen Saint in Bright Rose
Lipstick Queen creator Poppy King is known for her obsession with lipsticks, and her unique, cult-loved formulas. Her sheer, silky Saint line contains the same colors as her Sinner collection, but with 90 percent less pigment. Don’t let that fool you, though; one application is enough to provide full coverage to lips.
NARS Satin Finish Lip Pencil in Majella
There’s nothing better than a multitasking beauty product, and this lipstick-in-a-pencil means you can skip the liner and still achieve a perfect pout. The formula is incredibly silky and easy to apply, and can be patted off for a stain effect if full-on color isn’t your thing.
The Okay Coral
Dior Addict Lipstick in Exotique, available in May
With spring (hopefully!) right around the corner, this new tulip-pink hue is the ideal addition to your makeup bag. The super-sheer formula delivers an almost dewy texture to lips, and is so light that you almost forget you’re wearing it!
Chanel Rouge Allure in Envoutant
Chanel’s latest offering delivers their most moisturizing formula to date. The rich plummy hue goes on sheer yet is heavily pigmented, so two coats will give you full coverage.
The sixties may have been the decade most mined by the fashion set this Spring, but the seventies have always held a bit more allure for us—not least because they were the heyday of some of our favorite style icons. The early days of disco excess and its seminal playground, Studio 54, played host to designers like Halston and Diane von Furstenberg and muses like Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, and Grace Jones. And then there was the music—and the makeup—informed by bands like ABBA and sparkling pigments swept across lips and cheeks, respectively. It’s not a coincidence that Poppy King chose the Swedish foursome’s seminal hit “Dancing Queen” as the name of her latest Lipstick Queen trio, as the sheer, matte-shimmering pigment applies with instant nostalgia. The Hustle is a luminescent honey-nude, The Cha Cha is a glimmering deep merlot, and the Electric Slide—that pivotal bar mitzvah favorite—is a glitter-flecked flirty rose. Each one is clearly holiday party-ready.