HAPPY BIRTHDAY REVLON
1. Revlon Red is one of those all time classics dating back to the 1930s. Our grandmothers wore it. It was the only nail colour my maternal grandmother would wear. It’s possible that Christian Louboutin painted his first, prototype red-soled shoe with it. It’s still a beauty editor classic. Revlon always was about great nail polish in rich, opaque colours. Their make-up is also great – my present favourites are their Lip Butters, which give lips a hint of colour, and Colorstay Black Creme Gel Eyeliner, with clever extendable eye liner brush built into the lid.
2. This image by photographer Solve Sundsbo was one of a series commissioned by Revlon this summer, to mark 80 years and the launch of their long lasting Colorstay nail polish line. The red you see is Colorstay Red Carpet Red. For Christmas, the coolest thing is to swap things over and wear red on your lips and a deep, berry colour on your nails à la Revlon’s Shanghai collection.
3. Last night saw the opening of an exhibition showcasing new and established artistic talent and their take on the iconic make-up house. Highlights includes a giant Revlon nail enamel bottle, studded with life size bottles, by the printmaker and installation artist, Bobby John Batmore; a portrait in nail enamel (Revlon, naturally) of Revlon founder, Charles Revson by Lorna May Wadsworth (she has painted Margaret Thatcher, Gordon Brown and more) and my favourite, ‘Baton Rouge’ a pair of lips made from lipsticks cast in resin by the Australian artist Linton Meagher.
The show continues tomorrow and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd at the London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden.