By Amy Sciaretto

Lipstick Queen Poppy King was a woman of few words when she engaged in our In the Hot Seat Q+A this month. Few, yet quite efficient and effective, we might add. Every measured word she offered carried weight. She shot straight from the hip, with a lipstick bullet as her ammo.

In our rapid fire interview, she addressed her favorite shade she has ever created and her new Lipstick Library, a collectible storybook series of trios. Liptropolis Vol. 1 tells the story of Lipstick in the City and features Soho (fashionable red), Central Park (refined peach) and Upper East (elegant nude.) The set launches at Barneys and Space NK locations this month.

King also suggested ways that an avowed non-red wearer (no matter how hard I try) like myself could slowly but surely ease my way into attempting to go red.

BN: What is your favorite product of all the wonderful lipsticks you’ve ever created?
PK: I would have to say Medieval, because it is the red lip color that every woman feels good in.

BN: Is there one product you didn’t create, but wish you did?
PK: No, but there are products I wish I could create…like a new way to curl eyelashes without the scary curler.

BN: Do you have a favorite lipstick outside of your own line?
PK: I don’t, actually. I truly love the lipsticks I do because I do them like no other.

BN: Do you think lipstick and lip gloss co-exist peacefully?
PK: Yes, freedom is about choice.

BN: Can you shed a little light on the story of Liptropolis Vol. 1, Lipstick in the City?
PK: I wanted to do a lipstick tribute to NYC by using the shades you see in different neighborhoods.

BN: I am a pink/nude gloss girl. I can’t do red lipstick. Is there anything you can suggest –tip or technique or even an attitude adjustment suggestion– to get me try it? I am light-skinned, with dark hair, dark eyes!
PK: Start with a sheer red. Every single person can do red. When it is super sheer, you can go up from there. It will help the adjustment to being a red lipstick wearer.

BN: Any key tips or techniques you can share about lipstick application? Is there a universal tip?
PK: Straight from the bullet is best for maximum impact. Using a lip brush sheers it out.

BN: Finish this sentence: Life without lipstick would be…
PK: …a great deal less glamorous

Amen, sister!

Originally published May 2012
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