Throughout history, red lipstick has been considered many things: provocative, bold, political, classic, disturbing. But most of all, it’s a make-up to suit some iconic Hollywood woman.
In the cosmetic arena, she has always been a generational game changer, not only as a make-up tool, but also a symbol of pop culture among heritage celebrities who have adopted red lipstick as their signature motif. For Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the power of red and the women who pioneered the new meaning behind famous makeup.
While fanned, fluffy lashes and cat-shaped eye liner are a different part of Monroe’s makeup, her glossy, contoured red lips, which she achieved with Guerlain’s “Rouge Diabolique”, have always been the center of attention. Because she wears them with almost any on-screen look, her red lips exude a different feel every time. Worn with an evening gown and pendant earrings, it looks glamorous; paired with lace and mittens, it’s alluring; attached to everyday wear and nautical wear, the lipstick is an accessory in itself. There are no restrictions, rules or reservations.
To this day, Monroe’s makeup is a symbol of vintage Hollywood glamor that continues to be referred to. In 2015 he was appointed a global ambassador for Max Factor, reconnecting with the help of Max Factor Jr. in the star icon view.
Although Monroe’s precise shadow is not available at this time, Guerlain’s KissKiss Shaping Cream for Lipstick in “Rogue Kiss” is a similar product.
Lucille Ball’s comedic and outrageous nature on television matches the spirit of the makeup she wears. Despite the quality of black and white entertainment during the Ball period, the spirit of “poodle” style red hair and artistically drawn lipstick can be felt through the screen as they are synonymous with real-life actresses.
Aside from lines that spark laughter, her facial expressions are a big part of her acting. She can frown, grin broadly, or put chocolate in her mouth – her red lipstick confirms it all.
The Ball’s red color choice comes from Besamé Cosmetics, a brand that pays tribute to its late 2020 star with its “Love Lucy” makeup collection. Ball original lipstick can not be bought, but the color “Love That Redhead” those enclosed in the outline can be used to replicate the appearance of a single icon.
Elizabeth Taylor’s make-up follows old-school Hollywood beauties. Her deeply drawn yet naturally curved eyebrows and smokey eye makeup add depth and subtle mystery, allowing the red lipstick to contribute to its unique component. Even though her lips are polished with a tried red and mixed with pink, the simplicity and absence of over-technique are Taylor’s hallmark.
Along with her impact on the beauty world, the relationship between Taylor and red lipstick is steeped in history as well as color. The funny thing is, he starred in the 1963 film Cleopatra as the titular character, who in real life is thought to have fabricated his own red color from insects during ancient times. New York Time the author Fiorella Valdesolo considers Cleopatra the title “real red lipstick expertThere was also Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetic brand Taylor had an affinity for. During the Suffragette Movement in the early 1900s, women turned to bold red lipstick to mark their stand and Arden, to support his cause, give red lipstick to those who walk past his shop. Taylor is also characterized by her choice of lipsticks not only by audiences, but brands including Max Factor which guided her to commercials for red lipstick in the 1950s.
Meanwhile Taylor switched to lipstick color mix, Elizabeth Arden’s Ultra Ceramide Lipstick with the shade “Rouge” is a way to stay connected with Hollywood beauties.
From award-winning actress to Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly has a lot of influence. Fashionably, her ability to mix American and French styles made her a style inspiration. In comparison, her makeup is simple, understated, maybe even considered a “no makeup look” in modern terms. However, her naturally shaped eyebrows and minimal eyeliner that accentuates her eyes are noticed. On this simple canvas, the use of dark red lipstick from Dior’s Rouge Dior, catches the eye.
What is also striking about Kelly’s use of red is her way of styling. Since her outfit is often of a subtle and beautiful kind (along the lines of a collared blouse, button-down cardigan, and pearls), it strays from the red lipstick trope and looks plain and elegant.
Dior Rouge Dior “999 satin finish” classic red in a sleek formula that can be used to mirror Kelly’s makeup.
As much as these iconic women carved their own space in entertainment and built their own Hollywood fame, their impact on the world of beauty still reigns. So here’s Valentine’s Day and the power of red lipstick – may we take it seriously and confidently, following in the footsteps of these iconic women.