Years ago, I made a pact with myself to grow into one of those stylin’ 80-something-year-old women who wear Chanel suits.
It’s my ultimate goal — to be a tiny elderly lady in tweed clutching a quilted Chanel bag as I shuffle around the beauty department telling stories that start with, “Back in my day…”
I’m serious! — but I’d gleefully ditch that goal to be able to rock a miniskirt half as well as Miss Betty Boop does at her age. I mean, she’s 83 years young!
Fun fact: Betty made her first appearance in 1930 in the cartoon, Dizzy Dishes. Although silent movie-era actress Clara Bow and singer Helen Kane are often regarded as being the inspirations for Betty, the character was originally created as an anthropomorphic French poodle.
Wow, right? ‘Cause Betty keeps it tight! Just look at those legs and that black sequined dress! Not many octogenarians can pull off that look, for real.
So I happened upon this LancÃ´me display for the new Star Collection on my trip to Nordstrom a couple days ago, and that pic of Betty caught my eye.
It definitely got me to check out the makeup (to the marketing team: mission accomplished!). I spied a red lipstick, three sparkly eyeshadows, a liquid liner, a lash curler and a jet-black mascara for volume (“…the secret to Betty’s glamorous lashes”) — everything in the seven-piece release.
Judging by the level of pigment, this one’s for the girls who love dramatic eyes and lips.
I think most of us could pull off these colors well (they seem fairly universal), but pale princesses could probably rock them to the extreme.
I love the idea of the contrast of the red lipstick, shimmery eyeshadows and big, bold mascara on porcelain skin.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,