My quest for the perfect pink lip lacquer is temporarily being put on hold. I’m attending the flamenco festival tonight in NYC and I feel the perfect red lip accompanies the duende (spirit of the art of flamenco) as the most inspired accessory. Tonight I’ll be sporting a deep, saturated formula that is influenced by the colors of the corrida (bull fight) and roses for La Virgin. Since true red is a glamorous gal’s staple some of my favorite makeup brands have just the right shade and stay-put technology. And, perhaps more importantly, all of them are aptly called Flamenco.
Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick #58 Flamenco
Christian Dior Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick #754 Flamenco Red
Josie Maran Cosmetics Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain in Flamenco
- 2nd March
- 20th May
One of my secret identities is flamenco dancer. Once in a while I pull out a lacy fan, don my long ruffled skirt and tap out some rhythms on my castanets. In order to learn the art of the South of Spain a little more authentically, my teacher suggested that we study bullfighting. Since I’ve been a vegetarian for more than half of my lifetime, I’m not heading to a corrida any day soon, but I am intrigued by the soon-to-be-banned in Barcelona activity. (And for those who want to get a little insight to bullfighting should check out Papa’s Death in the Afternoon, it’s a more realistic view than the Sun Also Rises, but I’m on the digression of the century here.) So, it seems that my aforementioned flamenco coach and I aren’t alone in our intrigue. New York based photog Gina Levay has shot a series of women matadors for a fantastic photo show that’s now being hosted at Hous Projects Gallery in Lower Manhattan. The artist met and followed glass-ceiling shattering women in this blood sport. And the results are fantastic. The show is up until the end of June.
[photos by Gina Levay]
- 26th February