A stick of cherry ChapStick doesn’t exactly count as an investment in lip care (sorry, Katy P.).
Step up by taking a stroll down Elizabeth Street Cosmetics.
Founder and makeup artist Kelly Crispen created the paraben- and preservative-free boutique line of balms, glosses, and lipsticks after years of clients suggesting she go solo. Smooth, vanilla-scented glosses in eighteen flattering shades and thirteen lipsticks in sheer, cream, or metallic formulas (with more on the way for fall) are named after Noe Valley streets and packed with antioxidants and healing vitamin E.
Crispen’s picks for Indian summer? Fair-skinned ladies find their address is golden pink Blanche lipstick and creamy Elizabeth gloss; medium complexions move in with coral Eureka and sheer Randall gloss; Dolores’s shimmery rose layered with cocoa Army gloss is right up dark beauties’ alleys.
Crispen also does free consultations and private trunk shows for groups.
It feels so right.
Available at Rare Device, 600 Divisadero Street, at Hayes Street (415-863-3969 or raredevice.net); Curator, 1767 Church Street, at Day Street (415-970-9828 or curatorsf.com); online at elizabethstreetcosmetics.com, $22.
Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Cosmetics