Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick

Front Cover
Chronicle Books, 1998 - Social Science - 120 pages
Freud dug it; Marilyn wouldn't leave home without it. For a device of such small stature, lipstick has inspired great feats. Read My Lips records them all-from Cleopatra, who enhanced her hue with henna, to Paloma Picasso, who donned her trademark red at the age of three. More than lip service, these colourfully illustrated pages include lipstick lore, art, literature, and photography, as well as memorable Hollywood moments and an inside take on the history, business, and psychology of painted lips. Chanel to Urban Decay, lipstick has left its mark as a girl's best friend. Part owner's manual, part cultural history, Read My Lips is a slick celebration of lipstick's many traces.

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Contents

Preface
7
The Birth of a Great Invention
13
Sidebars
33
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Meg Cohen Ragas is a senior editor at San Francisco magazine. Her first lipstick was a bubble-gum flavored Bonne Bell Lip Smacker.Karen Kozlowski is a stylist and writer in San Francisco. She shoplifted her first lipstick a pink gloss by Maybelline. Today she gladly pays full retail.Veronique Vienne is the author of French Style, and also a freelance writer in Brooklyn. She wears Yves Saint Laurent #19.

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