RED LIPSTICK: An Ode to a Beauty Icon -

Journalist Rachel Felder debuts her new book with Lyne Desnoyers of MAC Cosmetics and Jessica Richards of Shen Beauty


"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together."
— Elizabeth Taylor

RED LIPSTICK: An Ode to a Beauty Icon
By Rachel Felder

Lipstick is the one makeup item most women can’t live without…and, undeniably, the most iconic and transformative shade of lipstick is red. For centuries, red lipstick has captured the imagination of artists, become the signature look of the world’s most stylish women, and fueled an endless hunt for that perfect shade of mood-lifting crimson. Now, HarperCollins is pleased to announce the publication of a unique, full-color compendium that celebrates and explores the enduring power and allure of the world’s most storied lip shade: RED LIPSTICK: An Ode to a Beauty Icon. Written by beauty expert and journalist Rachel Felder, this gorgeous and informative book is jam-packed with entertaining stories, little-known facts, anecdotes, quotes, and over 100 striking images culled from fine art, photography, pop culture, and beauty and fashion advertisements.

Filled with a show-stopping selection of images and distinctively packaged—the size of a clutch, with a jacket printed with a matte, velvet, red finish—RED LIPSTICK is the only cultural history of this makeup essential available. Granted unprecedented access to experts and the archives of revered brands like Chanel and Dior, Rachel Felder explores the origins and history of red lipstick and illuminates its association with movie stars, aristocracy, sex appeal, illicit sexuality, rebellion, power, glamour, fame, and beauty. She
also spotlights the fascinating array of women who have worn it through the ages, including monarchs, suffragettes, flappers, working women in World War II, power players, political leaders, geishas, Hollywood sirens, rock and rollers, fashionistas, and more.

Inside this enthralling book, you’ll discover:
• Why red lipstick makes women more attractive to others (and the science behind it);
• The lip shades favored by celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, and Paloma Picasso;
• The strange (and sometimes poisonous) ingredients in the lipsticks worn by Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, and crimson-mouthed Victorians;
• A wealth of unique beauty trivia – from why women working in World War II considered lipstick a necessity to the stories behind some the world’s most popular red lipsticks;
• Tips on choosing the most flattering hue and texture of red lipstick for anyone; And much more!

Alongside these fascinating insights into the uses and cultural history of lipstick, RED LIPSTICK is packed with a museum’s worth of fine art, including both Man Ray’s photograph “Red Badge of Courage” and acclaimed painting “Les Amoreaux;” lush, rarely seen vintage magazine advertisements from influential heritage brands like Guerlain and Elizabeth Arden; illustrations by renowned artists such as René Gruau, Maira Kalman, and Bil Donovan; paintings by greats like Francesco Clemente, Alex Katz, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edgar Degas, and Wayne Thiebaud; and images of famous red lipstick wearers including Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, Diana Vreeland, Rihanna, and many others. With its captivating, chic design, beautiful selection of visuals, and compelling text, RED LIPSTICK is an essential for beauty lovers everywhere, like the perfect red lip shade itself.

About Rachel Felder:
Rachel Felder is a journalist who specializes in writing about fashion, beauty, and style trends. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Travel & Leisure, and Departures; she has also contributed to publications such as Women's Wear Daily, and the web sites of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Her writing has also appeared in People, Rolling Stone, Town & Country, New York, British GQ, and many other magazines and newspapers. The author of Insider London (Harper Design, 2017), Insider Brooklyn (Harper Design, 2016), Manic Pop Thrill (Ecco, 1993) and co-author (with Reed Krakoff) of Fighter (Viking Studio, 2008), she has appeared at conferences like TEDx Oxford and SxSW. She lives in New York City.

Twitter: @rachelfelder
Instagram: @rachelfelder


About Jessica Richards:
Known in the industry as “The Cool Hunter,” Jessica Richards is a boldly influential force in the beauty and wellness space. After dropping her face cream and faced with nowhere to buy beauty in Brooklyn, Richards founded Shen in 2010, becoming one of the original clean beauty destinations.

Renowned for her ability to anticipate the latest, up-and-coming brands and products world-wide, Richards has an innate eye for curating and discovering the next big thing in beauty. With her meticulous eye for identifying beauty’s rising stars, she is widely respected as the premiere launch pad for brands.

Richards has worked with Eva Chen, overseeing the migration Lucky Magazine to E-commerce, Goop in their expansion into wellness and creating the Beauty and Wellness category for Free People. She has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Interview, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post and Goop.

About Lyne Desnoyers:
Executive Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC Cosmetics, Lyne Desnoyers is the nomadic polymath for whom makeup is an act of storytelling, especially the story of the person wearing it which always what informs the looks that she creates for shows and editorials. Since moving to New York from Paris 6 years ago, she gathered an even wider array of experiences while travelling for her global role that added to her inspiration, but Lyne credits her time as a dancer with originally fuelling her love of makeup. “To me makeup is most interesting when thought about in motion. Makeup cannot be a static thing because the wearer is not static. For a long time beauty had methods, recipes, seasons, do’s and don’ts…we simply no longer can see makeup in one way anymore. I much prefer thinking about the style, the mood and the emotions of the person wearing a makeup look or how it is integrated into their everyday life instead of a specific technique”. Though she has been working backstage side for the past 15 years, she doesn’t believe that makeup has to be complicated…”truth is that some of the runway looks we have been creating in the past couple of seasons are closer to real life beauty than ever before. There is nothing more beautiful to me than looks that are designed to fit the face of the wearer, no matter the style”.