Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Style Inspiration: The Red Lip

Lèvre rouge: The inimitable Lauren Bacall with red lipstick and pearls.

Finding the perfect red lipstick has been an ongoing search for me.  I've tried everything from YSL to Revlon and can't seem to find a shade the complements my skin tone or manages not to crack or dry out.  The search continues...!

Red lipstick exudes glamour and sophistication, but it hasn't always been that way.  In the early 1900s, Elizabeth Arden traveled to France and returned with lip rouges she had created -- though in the 1930s, lipstick was viewed as being too provocative.  In the late '40s and '50s, movie stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe popularized the look, and around that same time, chemist Hazel Bishop invented the first no-smear lipstick, eventually starting her own cosmetics company to manufacture long-lasting lipsticks.  A 1951 survey revealed that two-thirds of teenage girls wore lipstick.  A subtle cat-eye and red lips remains a classic look.


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