The kiss of fame

Making it up
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For the latest in lipstick for namedroppers, read on. Sore lips? The famous get them too.

Had it up to here with celebrities? More's to come in the recent rash of celebrity cosmetics which is, let's face it, a licence to print money: witness the launch of Richard Branson's Virgin Vic cosmetics for men last week. At the same time, Iman - supermodel wife of David Bowie - finally launched her make-up range here, though Americans have been wearing it for years. At least Iman's range has a raison d'etre. With an unprecedented palette of 32 foundation shades, Iman Cosmetics cleverly accommodate all skin colours, especially hard-to-match shades of darker skins which can have orange or even purple undertones. Second-To-None Cream-To-Powder Foundation and Second-To-None Oil-Free Make-up SPF8, both pounds 15. Available at Selfridges (mail order, 0171-624 1234).

With cold weather promising cuddly nights by the fire, er, TV, luscious lips top the girlie agenda. Kicking off the season is Estee Lauder's kinky two-toned Re-Nutriv All Day Lipstick. They look like a factory mistake in the tube - dark on top, oddball highlighted underneath - but are shimmery, moisturising and very wearable. Five shades (with matching nail varnish) available at Harvey Nichols and all Estee Lauder counters pounds 12.50.

The unique colours in celebrity make-up artist Vincent Longo New York's The Velvet Collection aren't for everyone. "Coco" (French Girl), "Mitzi" (Japanese Girl) and "La Beija" (New York Girl) are unsettlingly dark, yet wonderfully sheer. One friend loved them. Another quipped, "They make me look like I've got a hole in my heart." A surefire hit is Vincent Longo New York's "Golden", a lipgloss which enhances lips' natural colour, feels slinky, and smells of fresh apple. pounds 12.50. Available at Selfridges (for local stockists, call 01483 568247).

Lips like the Curse of the Mummy are not sexy. That's why Naomi Campbell and Demi Moore love Origins Lip Remedy (pounds 7.50). Its menthol and camphor cool, condition and slightly numb sore, dry lips. From John Lewis and Harrods (0800 731 0439 for other stockists).

One last name to drop. Remember how great Sharon Stone looked in Casino? The woman responsible for the make-up - Tricia Sawyer - has been contracted by Prescriptives. This means in-store appearances with opportunities for Tricia to give you - yes, you - the once-over. Her UK schedule (and appointment numbers) are: Harrods, 14 October (0171-730 1234, ext 2777), Dickins & Jones, 15 October (0171-734 7070, ext 398), Rackhams, 17 October (0121- 236 3333, ext 2260), Kendals, 17 October (0161-832 3414 ext 2252).

Karen Krizanovich


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