I have really high standards for a red lipstick. It has to smooth the skin it touches, and it needs to hydrate. It needs to have the right amount of luster without looking plastic. It shouldn’t bleed, it shouldn’t flake, and it should evoke the kind of red carpet glamour that can make jeans and a t-shirt look like you are a Person In The World. Throw sunglasses with it, and you are THE STUFF, honey.
This iconic red lipstick makes the cut when it comes to all these high marks. Elizabeth Arden — the beauty legend, she of the red door — was a pioneer, a maverick that bunked tradition by opening a spa on New York’s Fifth Avenue in 1910 that focused on women’s beauty through focusing on their health (which was UNHEARD of back then, especially for a woman telling people to stay out of the sun)
She was a tireless pioneer who believed in women. She once marched past the front door of her flagship spa with 15,000 other suffragettes to protest for women’s rights, with all of them wearing a signature red lipstick. Red lipstick is a symbol of strength, a sign of a woman in control of her destiny. And so, I’m wearing this red lipstick to salute one of beauty’s greatest pioneers.
That, and it’s just a really, REALLY great lipstick. Even the packaging speaks of the brand’s rich history. Elizabeth Arden wanted women to be healthy and exude happiness, but she wanted us to celebrate ourselves, to take control of our destiny. And so, here’s a salute to that maverick maven and her famous red door in a lipstick red.
Now, go out there and take over. Destiny awaits you.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Door Red retails for $25, and is sold at Elizabeth Arden counters everywhere as well as online.
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