There’s lipstick, and then there’s red lipstick. After all, when you hear the immortal words of Gabrielle Chanel telling you to “add more lipstick and attack”, you’re hardly picturing a peach or pink lip. The public’s long love affair with red lipstick is well-documented—born from the lips of the solo Sumerian ruler Queen Schub-ad, it leaped from lip to lip across empires and civilisations, making its way from Cleopatra’s vanity to Queen Elizabeth I portraits, painting the lips of suffragettes to Marilyn Monroe’s smirk, and today, seen on and tweeted about by congresswomen and sportswomen alike.
A firm feature on the catwalks, the velvety Autumn/Winter ’19 update to the power lip sees an added complexity to the age-old trend, drawing parallels to a renewed femininity in the age where women are no longer fighting for the right to rule, vote, or be seen as sexual.
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