13 posts tagged "Poppy King"
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.
Finally, a summer lip gloss that’s completely devoid of sticky sparkles—and edible flavors. Each jumbo-sized crayon in Poppy King’s Lipstick Queen line of Chinatown Glossy Pencils is packed with moisturizing ingredients like shea, avocado, and mango butters, as well as its own sharpener for a precise application of sheer color every time you use it. But what really counts are the five on-trend shades. With names like Crime (a sheer hot pink) and Thriller (a sheer scarlet red), inspired by Roman Polanski’s 1974 masterpiece Chinatown, they’ll add a bit of scandal to otherwise humdrum summer beauty arsenals.
To welcome Poppy King’s Lipstick Queen collection to its niche beauty offerings, Henri Bendel is hosting a coronation of sorts. With a red carpet rolled out for her royal majesty, the Lessons of a Lipstick Queen: Finding and Developing the Great Idea That Can Change Your Life author will be on hand today and tomorrow to personally present her line and to introduce her latest shade, Medieval. Inspired by beauty lore of old, King’s newest formulation is a bloodred color akin to that worn by ladies of the court, who would squeeze lemon juice onto their lips to sting them into pigmentation. King will also be doing lip readings—turns out, it’s one of her party tricks—at the public appearance (so if you have any misgivings about the new shade, best to keep them to yourself).
Poppy King will be at Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue, Friday and Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m.