La Vie En Rouge
Cleopatra, the first women who headed an empire, adorned herself with crushed beetles for red lips, a power look that we can all relate at present.
Queen Elizabeth I led the British throne with her signature pale white face, thin crimson red lips, and an overall iron fist.
The roaring 50s staged iconic beauties Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in flushed cheeks and sultry red lips, making men fall head over heels. Soon after, leagues of women began to utilize lipstick as their symbol of strength.
The legendary shade of red is the first color of the lipstick. As civilizations rose and the discovery to enhance beauty with adornment, the lips became a space to beautify and emphasize. Through time and "her"story, the lipstick stood its ground from being considered an accessory for prostitutes to a status symbol. Lipstick is now an impalpable cosmetic. Women in all sizes and age find the confidence they need with just a little swipe of a red lipstick.
The 21st century presents us a diverse finish of lipsticks that we are now becoming familiar of. This is thanks to beauty brands that gifts us different ways to wear our lipstick.
The impact of the "red lipstick" took over a country, made man go down on his knees, and became a face of free speech. Its journey is just starting to begin with your very own rouge stick.
So, have you decided which red lipstick are you donning?
Photographer: Joy Frances Ulit
Creative Producer and Stylist: Nana Valdueza
Art Director: Nana Valdueza and Miggy Crisostomo
Production Coordinator: Elaine Contreras
Makeup:Lea Ancheta-De Barras
Production Designers: Mica Carreon and Claudine Vizconde
Models: Kathlyn Gabrielle Asuncion, Chucel and Bruno Olímpio, from IM Agency, Elaine, Steph and Rommel
Shot on location at Parallax Studios