We Tried Lipstick Queen’s Black Blush And The Results Will Surprise You

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We’ve never felt sexier

The following feature appears in the October 2017 issue of NYLON.

We talked to Poppy King, founder of Lipstick Queen, on how she got her starts in the beauty world, building her beloved beauty brand, and bringing Black Lace Rabbit to life. Read on for what she had to say and see the black blush in action, below.

What inspired you to start Lipstick Queen back in 2008?
From the moment I played dress-up with my mom’s lipstick when I was seven years old, the inner power of lipstick has had me mesmerized. What it did to me on the outside was secondary. I suddenly felt like a superhero version of myself, and still feel that way when I apply lipstick every morning. I could never find a brand that I thought did true justice to its powers with magical formulas and ultra-nuanced shades and textures, so I decided to make lipsticks myself. Lipstick Queen was born out of my desire to return lipstick to center stage and give it the respect it deserves as an iconic product.

Why did you branch out from creating lipsticks to lip-and-cheek products?
I am obsessed with the ratio of pigment to the finish of a lipstick. The determining factor of what lipstick you like to wear is not so much about shade as it is about pigment level.

For example, Medieval is a red of mine that’s so sheer that your lips look nude and red at the same time. That same shade of red in full pigment would be something entirely different. I had so many breakthroughs while experimenting with pigment levels in lipstick that I needed to apply that wonder and romance to the cheek, too!

Photographed by Anairam, Styled by Marissa Smith

Tell us how you first came up with the idea for Black Lace Rabbit Lipstick.
I wanted to design a black lipstick so sheer that it had the effect of black silk stockings on your lips.

A little way into the formulation process, my chemist and I decided to add a sprinkling of gold shimmer, and the magic of Black Lace Rabbit was born. It looks like black candlelight—incandescent, shimmering, and very sexy.

Photographed by Anairam, Styled by Marissa Smith

Why do you think Black Lace Rabbit is a cool blush alternative?
I love the idea of adjusting a lipstick look to a cheek look. This black is so sheer that when it hits skin, it looks like black berry rather than black. The smattering of gold specks gives it the Jean Cocteau dark magic look on the cheeks. The effect is a kind of haunted beauty rather than girly beauty.

Photographed by Anairam, Styled by Marissa Smith

What tips do you have for applying Black Lace Rabbit Blush?
No matter where you put it, a little goes a long way. Just use the finger to dab it very lightly in little “bunny hops” on the apple of the cheek, then smooth it in for a romantic look, or sweep the blush lightly under the cheekbone for an '80s-inspired cheek, in a good way!

Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit Blush, $25, available online at Lipstick Queen.

Photographed by Anairam, Styled by Marissa Smith

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.