City Girl in Red Lipstick: Kathy Kemp, Designer, Owner, ANNA Made in NYC

Courtesy of Kathy Kemp
Photo by Madame d’Ora
Actress and dancer Elsie Altmann-Loos, 1922 by Madame d’Ora

Kathy Kemp is a designer and her shop is a destination in New York. I recently found out that she too wears our favorite hue, so I had to ask her why red was her go-to:

It’s easy and amplifies the look of everything from jeans and a t-shirt to an evening gown.

Kathy Kemp, ANNA made in NYC

Well ladies, we have our answer, and thank you Kathy for sharing this new crimson with us.

Crimson Pouts – Status Symbols

I recently had the opportunity to interview designer and cosmetics historian Gabriela Hernandez of Bésame Cosmetics and asked her various questions, but two questions were about our favorite hue.

Courtesy of Gabriela Hernandez – The Original City Girl in Red Lipstick

What makes red lipstick a status symbol: I think red lipstick is timeless because the color red has so many connotations as being a sign of health and fertility. Having red cheeks and lips was a sign of youth and indicated a good partner to marry and have children for the opposite sex. Ideas might have changed from that notion, but the appeal of red still has a subconscious pull for those reasons. It is also a color associated with defiance, as used by women during the suffrage movement in 1918.

Victory Red
Victory Red by Bésame Cosmetics $24
Red Velvet Lipstick 1946 – by Bésame Cosmetics $24
Red Velvet Lipstick 1946

Why are most people intimidated by it: It continues to have the power to be noticed and to be taken seriously. It is a favorite of politicians, since it does command attention and it completes a look without having to wear the makeup. It is so powerful of a statement that it is often used without the use of other products like shadows or blush. I think some people might find it intimidating because they do not want the attention it brings, but when they try it, it is hard to go back.

Cherry Red Lipstick 1935 by Bésame Cosmetics $24
Cherry Red Lipstick 1935

Here’s to Running Around Chic, in Crimson Pouts!








Goldie Red, Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick by Gucci

Now, this is a crimson I’m interested in, how about you? It’s mat, vibrant and ever so red……

$42 @Gucci.com

@Gucci.com

City Girl in Red

Well, I decided to surface for a photo with my new Violette_FR red lipstick. It’s like a stain, it’s a little drying, but it’s pretty. I didn’t touch up the photo, I actually had to combe my hair for a Zoom meeting and decided to apply a crimson lip.

I ordered the blue eyeliner too, but I’m not brave enough for that yet. I also need to dye my hair, but the crimson helps a bit, as well as the sunglasses.

Here’s to a red lip…….

The Makeup Bag

I have three red lipsticks in my makeup bag, the other that isn’t shown is a Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion lipstick in True Red. How many red lipsticks are in your makeup bag?

Courtesy of Anita Rivas
$40 @chanel.com

Magic – Rouge Coco Bloom by Chanel

Well, looks like Chanel did it again, just when I thought I had every Chanel lipstick I wanted, I turn around and there is a new one. Oh my…..

128- Magic $40 @chanel.com

Rouge Coco Bloom is supposed to be hydrating, lip plumping and delivers intense shine. I’m not into lip gloss or anything shiny on my lips, but if I was this color would be a winner and thanks to their new software you can now try on every lipstick in their collection.

Kiss, Kiss…..

Petal Bouche Matte by Violette fr

There is a new red in town and it’s by makeup artist Violette and all I can say is that it’s about time. The texture is said to resemble a rose petal on your lips, nice description and can’t wait to add this to my collection.

$25 – @Violettefr.com

There are other pieces to the collection, but naturally this is the one I have my eyes on.

Kiss, Kiss…..

Wish List : It’s a Crimson Obsession

Nobody needs lipstick, especially red lipstick. But why not? I’ve purchased 6 different shades within the last three months, preparing for the end of the pandemic, or for days like today when I will be outside and more than 6 feet apart from strangers. Violet Grey means it’s been tested and tried, perfect.

$45 – @VioletGrey.com

Reds I want but don’t need:

LIP PALETTE LES 4 ROUJE

and of course another Chanel, what is it with Chanel?

LE ROUGE DUO ULTRA TENUE ULTRA WEAR LIP COLOR

49-Ever Red $40 @violetgrey.com

Happy Easter!