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No Mad Men week would be complete without a post about red lipstick, the quintessential piece to a retro look. Lucky for us, we received Julie Hewett’s Noir collection just in time…
“I love your lipstick, it’s the perfect red!” Why thank you, it’s Julie Hewett. If you look closely at her web site, you will discover that the perfect red is different for everyone. She’s made it her mission to help you, with a handy tool to direct you to yours. And believe me she knows! When it comes to red lips, Julie Hewett has done a masterful job at bringing back glam to one and all. Liv Tyler, Nicole Kidman or Anjelica Houston are just a few of her regulars. Their red lips often conjure up the visions of old Hollywood, when glamour was at one of its most fabulous peeks.
Not only are Julie’s Reds gorgeous on, they are gorgeous in the tube! They come in sleek gold art deco tubes and when you reach for them you may feel like you swiped them right off of Bette Davis’s makeup table. When I recently put Sin Noir on while looking in the car mirror, I didn’t see myself in the car at all. The elegant gold tube had me envision myself in front of a huge makeup table surrounded by glowing circular bulbs. I heard the hum of Cab Calloway on the victrola in my brain. This is where my imagination went, strictly based on the fabulous aesthetic of Julie Hewett lipstick. I may have been heading to the grocery store, but that didn’t stop me from feeding the need to have a glamorous day.
My passion for red lipstick is inherited. My grandmother wore it every day. She lived during those glamorous days when Hollywood stars would wear white gloves, have red lips and flawless updo’s. She could have given any number of those ladies a run for their money in the fabulous department, and it all started with her red lips. I still have one of her old lipsticks and keep it as a treasure. It’s called “Flame Red” and it’s in a very similar delicate gold tube. When I got my first Julie Hewett lipstick, I thought how much my Grandma would have been in love with her reds, especially Belle Noir!
I was anxious to try one of her six original noir lipsticks, all “double pigmented with the essence of rosebud and camellia oils.” My shade, Sin Noir, applied as-is is the perfect dramatic wine red on my pale completion. As she hints on her site, a mere blotting of this color is a perfect stain. But whether you apply it as a stain or as a full color, expect it to stay put. This is another bonus of her reds. The staying power is every bit as powerful as the colors are stunning.
Here are the members of the original Noir collection:
Rouge Noir – Ultra Glam Classic Movie Star Red
Sin Noir – Divine Deep Wine Red
Coco Noir – Sophisticated Brick Red
Belle Noir – The Perfect Coral Red
Femme Noir – Lush Scarlet Blue Red
Nude Noir – Classy Nude Invisible Red
Ladies, are you all as in love as I am?! Which Noir did you try?