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Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick

Would that one dime-store cosmetic really did have all the powers breathily attributed to it by this darling but unforgivably frivolous little volume: ”Lipstick has changed lives…broken up marriages…shattered illusions.” Excuse us, but is this a cultural history, as the (very attractive) cover alleges, or have we been dragged perforce into a Maybelline ad? The current stuff certainly beats the salves of yore — brandy, seaweed, and crushed insect bodies, according to the authors — but if it really ”prepares [women] to compete in a man’s world,” feminism is in even sorrier shape than our wizened stub of Bobbi Brown Nude. Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick is glossy and disappointing. B

Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick

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