Matchy-Matchy Modern Glamour: Barbie Pink Lips And Fingertips

Original Barbie from 1959, along with her cat eye and curly hairdo, wore nail polish to match her lipstick.

Oct 23, 2012 at 4:00pm | Leave a comment

I have always considered Barbie to be my style icon. Always put together and yet never one to shy away from a wild look, she's the ultimate fashion plate. Plus, Barbie was no slouch in the beauty department either. The original Barbie from 1959, along with her cat eye and curly hairdo, wore nail polish to match her lipstick. I was totally obsessed with her sassy, sleek look, and I wanted to replicate it for myself.

So, when I had the chance to try out some of Revlon's most classic, glamorous shades, I jumped at the chance. Barbie would totally wear any of Revlon's Super Lustrous lipsticks.

The women in Revlon's vintage ads were like Barbie come to life. They were stylish, powerful and sexy, and they seemed to have the world in the palm of their hand. And of course, their perfectly painted lips matched their perfectly polished nails.

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Revlon's "Cherries in the Snow" -- a classic pink-red, still available as a lipstick and a nail polish.

I knew I wanted to try the matching lip-to-nail look, but still make it applicable for the modern girl, which is probably why I paired it with slightly messy full curls and a Joy Division T-shirt. Of course, it looks fabulous with a cocktail dress too.

I started by applying the basis of my look, Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow ($7.99, drugstores), an absolute classic. It's a pinky red that applies super smoothly, wears long and leaves your lips moisturized. I mean, products don't stick around that long for nothing.

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Next, Revlon made it easy for me by continuing to manufacture Cherries In The Snow as a nail polish, too ($4.99, drugstores). The formula is highly pigmented and, if you're in a hurry, just one coat is enough. 

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Hey, my lips and nails are twins!

To finish off the look, I used Revlon's ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner in Black ($9.99, drugstores) to create a slight cat-eye flick. I love the formula on this because it's buildable and stays put. You can apply it with the included brush and then smudge it out with a Q-tip for a smoky eye, or you can create sharp, precise lines.

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Revlon's PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara and ColorStay Creme Gel Liner help create perfectly dramatic eyes.

Finally, I added a few coats of Revlon's PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara in Black ($8.99, drugstores). I'm pretty picky when it comes to mascara, but this one gets a thumbs up from me. It made my lashes soft and feathery and loooong, which is what I like. And it didn't clump, which is a huge pet peeve of mine.

Now, what has my little experiment taught me? Well, for one, I need to keep pushing myself to be more glamorous. I've always had a bit of a fancy streak, but going through Revlon's ad archives in preparation for this post reminded me that it's time to be fabulous again. So this fall, I'll be breaking out the seamed stockings and the (vintage) fur, and I'll most likely have a tube of Revlon's lipstick in my purse at all times.