My mother calls red lipstick her red badge of courage. Before giving birth to each of her five children, glamorous and steadfast to the last she insisted on smearing ‘her red badge of courage’ on her lips so she could be suitably attired. The love of bright red lipstick is something I’ve inherited. If left on a desert island, my glam weapon of choice would be a smear of Chanel No 22 or YSL red in any form with its chic, classic gold square case. The intoxicating smell, the indulgence and oh my, how it transforms your mood and look.
In the same vein, Harrods, bastion of all things beauty, aims to promote red lipstick as a great confidence booster. As the grand finale to Harrods Beauty Month in May 2010, for the second year running the store is teaming up with the cancer support charity, ‘Look Good…Feel Better’ to offer a day of exclusive activity centred around the ‘iconic’ red lip. The ‘Look Good…Feel Better’ charity helps women manage the visible side effects of cancer treatments so a smear of red is is defiantly the red badge of courage.
Bringing together some of the best make-up artist talent from around the world, Harrods Red Lipstick Day will not only help raise money for this very worthy cause but also show how to perfect this season’s hottest lip trend, turning Miss Nora Normal from pale wallflower to Hollywood starlet.
Should you plump for the gorgeous Guerlain Rouge G lipstick with slick silver casing and it’s hidden mirror (£27.50) or the YSL specially engraved Rouge Pur No.19 which is a Fuchsia Pink engraved with the Yves Saint Laurent signature logo and exclusive for Red Lipstick Day – only 100 available (£21). Also, to celebrate Elizabeth Arden’s 100th Anniversary a limited edition commemorative lipstick in Red Door Red will be available on counter, with all proceeds going to Look Good…Feel Better. These are undoubtably all collectors items. Or, just opt for the classic ‘stay scarlet’ red Estee Lauder in blue and gold casing, Lancome’s Absolu Rouge (£18.50) which comes in pillar box red (No.132) or a new favourite, Dolce & Gabbana’s Chromed which is a silky pinky red (£20).