When I received the news that Poppy King was going to be in Melbourne to launch her new collection, Liptropolis and was available for private interviews, I jumped at the chance to be able to meet with one of my beauty idols up close and personal. I’ve always admired her, the girl who started her own lipstick empire just at the tender age of 18. It was my sister-in-law who introduced me to her label when I first got to Melbourne in 1996 and have since fallen in love with her lipsticks. Although Poppy King left Australian shores for something bigger and better in New York, her passion and obsession for designing unusual lipsticks re-ignited her need to start her own thing again. So Poppy started her own business again now known as Lipstick Queen.
I got re-acquainted with her new range when it was first launched over at Kit Cosmetics and bought one of her lipsticks from her Saints & Sinners Collection. Yes, I’m a “saint” so I got the Saints in Natural, might venture into the Sinner shade for something a bit more daring and darker in the very near future.
With other collections in her range like Jean Queen – a colour to perfectly offset denim, making it perfect for casual wear, to her Fifteen Minutes of Fame Pop Art Gloss – inspired by Andy Warhol’s Pop Art movement with gorgeous pop art colour in 15 shades without the shimmer, and now, Liptropolis – a lipstick library consisting of 3 beautiful colours that are unique to the 3 different areas of New York City - Soho, Upper East and Central Park, Poppy’s range is slowly but surely growing to accommodate the different tastes and needs of women like you and me. Unlike fashion, where you go from season to season and delve into trends by looking back at what’s been done previously, Poppy draws her inspiration for her collections from films, art, literature and ideas are drawn from the textures and colours that she is surrounded with, which was why I thought it was apt that she focused on New York for her Liptropolis collection having been there for such a long time.
While chemists create their range from a technical perspective and make-up artists a runway perspective, Poppy’s creation encompasses what we, the everyday consumer; just like her, would want. She takes into account what would appeal to the imagination of what a woman would want in respect to creating the look and style we were after. With red being her signature colour, Poppy assures us that anyone can wear a red lippy, it all really depends on how much confidence we have in carrying out the colour. For someone new to red, Poppy recommends using something sheer, like her Medieval Tinted Treatment or the Saints collection, and then once you were confident enough to build it up from there.
If you were confused as to which reds would suit your skin tone, then as a general rule Poppy recommends sticking to this guide:
- People with fair skin, lighter hair and eyes – Orangey red tones
- People with darker skin, hair and eyes – Pinky reds or blue based red
When asked what the best compliment she has ever received on her products was, Poppy shares how a mum who had a difficult birth felt a huge difference simply by donning on one of her red lippy. Ahh…the power of a red lippy!
Stay tuned for my review of the new Liptropolis next week as I try the different colours each day.