It’s been hard to escape the incessant doom and gloom of recession and the turmoil that’s blighted this country in the past few months: economically, politically and environmentally! Especially when it’s plastered all over the newspapers and beaming out from every television set. The good news is that there are a few products which can truly be deemed ‘recession proof’, and one that is a legendary morale booster… lipstick! The idea of using makeup to ‘put on a brave face’ has seen us through two World Wars and several recessions. And the ‘Lipstick Effect’ is clearly in force today, where, despite many luxury brands suffering, makeup sales are still going strong.
Once, as well as cheering us up, lipsticks and compacts themselves were true art forms. But over the years, the stylish designs of yesteryear have given way to dull, mass-produced plastic, although the formula and staying power of cosmetics have of course vastly improved. However, there is one modern makeup company trying to revive the art of beautiful vintage packaging: America’s Besame Cosmetics. How very apt, then, that