To each his own and to each his opium.
Some addictions kill us and some become our success stories.
For Poppy King, it’s the latter. Her childhood addiction to lipstick fueled a successful career. Her newest company, The Lipstick Queen, is the polished up version of the very one she started at age 18 in her native Australia.
The teenage Poppy was disenchanted with the lipsticks that dominated the 1980s. So with her palette of deep matte colors inspired by sinners, saints, film noir, and classic femme fatales, she went looking for a manufacturer and a perfect formula. It took a year, but she found both right near home in Melbourne. Then she went out and became one of the youngest cosmetic success stories ever.
In the decades since, Ms. King has seen business ups and downs worthy of an adventure story. Now, with the re-launch of her business, The Lipstick Queen, here in the US, Ms. King candidly shares what she learned the first time, and uses to her advantage the second time in her book, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen: Finding and Developing the Great Idea That Can Change Your Life is a rich text for entrepreneurs, as Ms. King documents it all, from the fabulous to the unfortunate, and the sometimes giddy, often painful lessons learned from each.
In a world where everyone is looking to get ahead it’s essential to think like an entrepreneur. Ms. King has a head for business, lips to be envied, a gift of gab, and the charisma to make success happen.