RED Hearts: Tom Ford's Violet Fatale

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. Today's RED Hearts post is from Charlotte Steinway, 23, in New York, NY, who is head over heels for her new purple lipstick:

The other day, my coworker -- selfless editor that she is -- offered, "Hey, anyone want any of these new lipsticks I've been sent?" The box was emblazoned with the magical words “Tom Ford.” It nearly gleamed.

Obviously I jumped at the opportunity, choosing the least classic color I could possibly get my hands on: purple, or in Tom Ford-speak, Violet Fatale. Imagine it exactly how you’d picture it to be -- luscious, bold, and decadent.

“I wanted really gorgeous, rich, saturated color, and it was inspired by a kind of ’70s-meets-’20s, hedonistic mood,” Ford told The New York Times. For those of you who haven’t been following the designer’s venture into the cosmetics world as closely as I have, Tom Ford launched his eponymous beauty brand last year with small holiday gift set. As of early this month, it has expanded into a full-fledged cosmetics line.

Ecstatic to wear my new $48 lipstick (hey, it is Tom Ford after all, and even he evoked hedonism), I brought the gilded case home and started to experiment.

Coming off of a summer where orange -- nope, not coral, but orange -- was my lipstick color of choice, I’m starting to think that Violet Fatale may be the story of my fall: It’s vampy, punchy, and yet subtle enough not to be confused with a look from an avant-garde fashion shoot. Oh, and the lipstick smells exactly like vanilla soy lattés. Of course it does.

RED Hearts guest poster Charlotte Steinway is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.