Pick your lipstick era

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Feel like channelling this season's 1920s trend with a flapper-esque lip? Or how about a pop of retro pink for 1950s flair? Lipstick Queen Poppy King talks us through the iconic lipstick shade of each decade - which you can wear now by shopping from the gallery below. Which era will you choose?

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  • 1920s: Dark lips

    Then: The flapper wore dark, deep and almost black lipstick.

    Now: Try Mac Cyber,

  • 1930s: Deep rose colours

    Then: Women loved deep rose colours

    Now: Go for Dior Rouge Dior Pink Extase,

  • 1940s: Red Lipstick

    Then: The 1940s was the red lipstick era

    Now: Try the No 7 Poppy King lipstick in history,

  • 1950s: Pink lips

    Then: Bright pink shades ruled the lipstick roost

    Now: Go for Nars Schiap,

  • 1960s: Matte pastels

    Then: the Swinging sixties were all about eyes, so matte, pastel shades were key for lips

    Now: Go mod with Edward Bess, Tender Love,

  • 1970s: Sticky Lip Gloss

    Then: Shiny, sticky lip gloss was the product of choice for the disco era.

    Now: Bobbi Brown's Black Ruby gloss gives the perfect seventies sheen.

  • 1980s: Fuchsia

    Then: This was a decade for bold, neon colours and powerful prints, so Eighties girls went for vibrant fuchsia lips

    Now: Estee Lauder's lipstick in Fuchsia Fever is oh-so-eighties. fushcia fever

  • 1990s: Matte browns and nudes

    Then: Nineties girls went for a matte brown and nude lip - to chime in with the decade's love of minimalism.

    Now: Giorgio Armani's Rouge D’Armani Beige 106 is perfect for your nineties revival.

  • 2000s: Shimmery nude gloss

    Then: A futuristic shimmery gloss was perfect for the new millenium

    Now: Stila's cult lip glazes are back - Angel Food 15 was the most coveted shade.

  • Now: Sheer brights

    Sheer bright shades are the perfect companion to Spring's ladylike mood. Try Lancome's Rose Candy lipstick.


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