19 posts tagged "Lipstick Queen"
At the impressionable age of 13, I watched Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave exemplar Breathless for the first time, and soon found myself sporting Jean Seberg’s cropped gamine cut. Then baby-faced and decidedly sans cheekbones, I’m not sure my look bore any resemblance to that of Seberg’s lissome expat. Now, a decade older, slightly less impressionable, and with not so much more in the way of bone structure, I have the good sense to know a pixie cut won’t suit me anytime soon. But thanks to the latest release from Lipstick Queen, there’s a new option for paying homage to cinematic style coups. The Silver Screen lipsticks are a range of seven shades inspired by femmes of classic Hollywood films. The color names alone read like an AFI Top 100 movie quotes list: There’s Stella! (a metallic violet that’s not for the faint of heart), You Kid (a gorgeous rosy nude), Have Paris (a neutral, true red), and Play It (a vivid watermelon hue). Lipstick Queen has lately asserted itself as a force to be reckoned with in the luxury lipstick realm, thanks to its $50 (and utterly exquisite) Velvet Rope offerings. The Silver Screen range is similarly pillowy and full-coverage with a single swipe, but will appeal to those who prefer a glossy pout. Formulated with active pomegranate sterols, the formula hydrates lips and delivers a juicy-looking finish that doesn’t budge. A touch of peppermint essential oil makes for a refreshing application, too. I’m–dare I say it?–ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.
Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipsticks, $50 each. Available at lipstickqueen.com and spacenk.com in September.
There was hardly a mouth moment to be found for Fall 2014 (according to makeup guru Pat McGrath, the eyes have it), but the lips laden with glitter at Rodarte left every beauty editor talking. Face painter James Kaliardos mixed mauve- and berry-colored bullets from NARS with a heavy dose of sparkle to create two bespoke shades for the catwalk. “I hope they actually make this,” he said backstage of his flashy formula. And it appears that Lipstick Queen was listening. To get the look straight off the shelf, try the brand’s Limited Edition Lipstick in Let Them Eat Cake. The lilac pigment laced with rose-gold shimmer is universally flattering and lends a metallic finish that mimics the one seen on the runway. Even better: No need to sip your meals through a straw to avoid ingesting glitter—the finely milled sparkle provides a futuristic frosty effect that doesn’t flake off.
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.”