Over the years, Victoria Beckham has become known for a fail-proof above-the-neck equation: bronzed skin, a smokey eye, and a subtle, polished pout. So it might come as a surprise that, until recently, the fashion designer and makeup mogul, who debuted her eponymous cosmetic collection just a year ago, could never find a lipstick shade that met her exacting criteria. “I’ve been searching my whole life for the perfect nude, but often things are too mauve or too brown,” she tells me over the phone from her home in London.
Now Beckham, who’s sought out the neutral tone since her Spice Girl days, has finally taken matters into her own hands with the upcoming launch of a collection of pigments, named—what else?—Posh. “I wanted to create the perfect nude lipstick for everyone, no matter your skin tone,” she says of the nine-piece rose flower wax-and-avocado-oil-infused lineup, which is comprised of hushed hues, ranging from pale peach to copper, and a single pop of color in the form of a bright, bold red.
That the collection—a two-years-in-the-making passion project delayed by Beckham’s insistence on a clean formula with zero concessions on her ideal rich, creamy finish—is finally launching at a time when our mouths are obscured by protective coverings does not deter her. In fact, quite the opposite: “I still want to leave the house feeling as I would normally: fully put together,” she explains, adding that she’s become partial to a “dimensional lip” achieved with her Victoria Beckham Beauty liner in No. 02 and a combination of Spice and Pout. Simply put, “No mask is going to stop me from feeling like the best version of myself.”
Originally published on Vogue.com