FLARE creates the ultimate Canadian red lip with Smashbox and Donald Robertson

The beauty equivalent of an LBD, the red lipstick bullet is one of the most iconic must-haves of any beauty maven. This season FLARE magazine has teamed up with Smashbox cosmetics and beloved fashion illustrator Donald Robertson to update the beloved beauty classic. The creamy, satin-like finish of the new bold, red hue in as striking as the custom packaging, bedecked by Donald himself.

This three-way union is as serendipitous as a Suzanne Miller prediction. “ My very first illustration gig was for FLARE way back when my hair would get in my eyes when I drew,” says Donald, who began collaborating with Smashbox last year.

SMASHBOX x FLARE + DONALD ROBERTSON lipstick. Photo: Ivan Engler

Calling to mind icons of yore who shared a penchant for a red lip – think: Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor - this limited-edition shade of the brand’s Be Legendary Lipstick also flexes FLARE’s national pride, with the moniker ‘Canadian Flare’ and a shade inspired by the Canadian flag.

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With roots in the world of fashion photography, Smashbox is the industry’s go-to for makeup that stands the test of time, be it a long shoot or a long day at the office. This season the red lip trend calls for a diffused application that’s dabbed with the fingers to be boldest in the centre and fade out to the lip line.

Donald Robertson. Photo: © Getty Images

You shouldn’t be able to tell where it starts and where it ends ,” makeup artist Lucia Pieroni told Vogue of the look backstage at Missoni’s Spring 2015 show. This lip is lived-in and more approachable than the uber precise iterations we’ve seen in the past.

No matter how you wear it, this lipstick is an instant Canadian classic, and a limited-edition bullet worthy of your personal beauty museum (you know, next to your Philip Treacy for M.A.C powder or Clé de Peau palette). Consider this permission to hoard.

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The Smashbox x Flare Be Legendary lipstick is available from May 21 exclusively at Sephora for $23, and artist Donald Robertson will be on hand at the Eaton Centre location on June 4 from 11 am to 2 pm.

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