Q&A: Poppy King “The Lipstick Queen”

Written by on October 18, 2011 in Lifestyle, Q&A - 4 Comments

We’ve been inspired by talented entrepreneur Poppy King for quite some time. This leading lady has created a lipstick “empire” — complete with her book, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen, line of products, and latest collaborations with brands like Kate Spade and J. Crew. We recently had the opportunity to chat with the visionary herself, and were thrilled to gain a deeper glimpse into her independent, colorful spirit.

You became fascinated by lipstick at the young age of 7, and clearly it had a huge impact on your life. So, why lipstick? What makes lipstick so special to you?
Lipstick is not just a cosmetic to me; it is a rite of passage that joins us with the centuries of women before our time. It totally transforms one’s sense of self.

What’s your signature lip color?
Red for sure–it’s the ultimate in lipstick transformation.

We love your book, Lessons From a Lipstick Queen! What are 5 lessons that every entrepreneur should learn?  
1. Trying is one thing all successful people have in common
2. Mistakes are the best opportunities to learn
3. If you love what you do, you can go the distance
4. There is never just one opportunity; there is always another way
5. Seek inspiration in any form

You read lips. How did this talent evolve?
By looking at women’s lips for years and seeing their personalities.

What’s inspiring you right now?
The same things that always do: the women I meet and their stories.


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  • http://saracampbellblog.blogspot.com Sara Campbell

    A shade for every occasion– brilliant! I love this feature
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  • http://www.thebeautynerd.com Connie {the beauty nerd}

    I love Poppy King! And her lipsticks are amazing :) – Of course I have her book too… needless to say, I’m a fan!

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