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J.Crew X Poppy King

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Avid readers of the J.Crew catalog have likely noticed a certain constant of late, aside from its reliable selection of chinos and an increasingly impressive collection of accessories. That’d be a specific shade of orangey-red lipstick, frequently donned by models like Mona Johannesson and Jacquelyn Jablonski. “There has been this cult following with the color,” makeup maven Poppy King says of the fiery hue—which is precisely why J.Crew decided to collaborate with King to turn the custom pigment “concocted” on set into a marketable, in-house lip color. “They wanted to do it with someone who really knows their stuff,” King says, tooting her own horn a bit for good reason. A veteran of the beauty industry, King has become a resource for all things pout-enhancing since launching her mouth-centric product range, Lipstick Queen, in 2006. But experience aside, this particular shade of papaya stumped her. “It was one of the most labor-intensive shades I’ve ever done,” she admits. “Initially I did it as a red base and put orange in it. But it just wasn’t coming out the way I wanted it. So I flipped it, doing an orange and putting a little red into it.” The result is a highly wearable version of the catalog mainstay that’s slightly sheer—”I wanted the natural lip color to show through underneath so it’s not garish,” King says—with a touch of shimmer to provide dimension. “It’s like a really chic tinted lip balm and it suits every single person, like a mood ring!” She’s not kidding. The color is so universally flattering, it sold out almost instantly when it was quietly released on J.Crew’s Web site last week. But a new shipment is a-coming—as are other collaborative efforts from King. September will see the debut of her four-color lipstick range for Kate Spade, and “The Magic of Lipsticks” collection inspired by Bakelite jewelry that she created for Boots No. 7 hits Target stores in November. “I’m kind of having a little bit of a moment,” King jokes justifiably. It’s about time, if you ask us.

Photo: Courtesy of J. Crew

Taylor Swift Is Wonderstruck; Kate Spade Puckers Up; And More…

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It was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift got her own signature scent. Wonderstruck, a freesia, green tea, apple blossom, honeysuckle, vanilla, and peach fragrance licensed by Elizabeth Arden, will be released this October. [WWD]

Swift will be playing catch-up as far as sales records are concerned. Justin Bieber’s Someday is on track to become the bestselling fragrance of 2011. [NYDN]

Attention makeup fans: Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King has collaborated with Kate Spade on four lipstick/lip gloss hybrids to be released this Fall. “This isn’t about a wholehearted jump into the color-cosmetics space,” Kate Spade’s creative director, Deborah Lloyd, said. Too bad; our mind is already reeling with thoughts of a Kate Spade lash-curling mascara. [Elle UK]

In addition to its brand spankin’ new nail-art collab with London-based manicurist Sophy Robson, Sephora has just announced plans to open in-store nail bars with XpresSpa later this month, which means you can now get a fresh paint job while shopping for your favorite foundations and concealers. [WWD]

Photo: Jordan Strauss / WireImage / Getty Images

The Bettencourts Settle; A Lift On The Liquids Ban; And More…

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Wondering what time is the right time to go under the knife? 52 years, 41 weeks, and four days, turns out. [StyleList]

After three years of back-and-forth legal battles that rocked L’Oréal—and sent shockwaves through the French government as well—Françoise Bettencourt Meyers has dropped all of the charges against her mother, 88-year-old L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. We’re going to guess that it will take more than a mother-daughter spa day to patch up that relationship. [WWD]

It’s not exactly WikiLeaks, but Lipstick Queen founder Poppy King does spill some of the beauty biz’s secrets in the Huffington Post. Like, for example, did you know that the fuzzy tip on your lip gloss wand is called a “doe foot”? Scan-da-lous. [HuffPo]

London’s Gatwick Airport is planning to lift its ban on liquids in carry-on items as soon as next year—which means we will be avoiding Heathrow when crossing the pond at all costs. A return to traveling with full-sized face wash and toner? Dreams can come true! [FHR]

Photo: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

The “Best Lipstick For Denim” Mystery Has Been Solved

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The burning question of what lip color works best with jeans never really struck me as a universal quandary, but if the myriad of recent denim-inspired pout perfectors to hit the beauty counter is any indication, all of womankind wants to know. Bobbi Brown and Victoria’s Secret have already weighed in, and the latest beauty guru to mouth off on the issue is none other than Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King. “I am so sick of shimmery nude lip gloss’ hold on denim,” King says of the impetus behind her new Jean Queen range, which includes a yellow-based, pink hued lipstick and gloss to offset denim’s deep blues “without looking sugary and without a dot of glitter!” Shades of rose are a common thread among all three releases, which would seem to provide a unanimous answer to those of you still clueless about how best to accessorize your Levi’s.

Photo: Courtesy of Lipstick Queen

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.

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