Charles Revson (the ‘lon’ came later) launched his titan make-up brand with the world’s first opaque nail varnish. He also invented matching ‘lips and ‘tips’ – after noting with distaste the colour clash between a fellow diner’s lipstick and nail varnish when she raised her glass for a sip (he’d be horrified by the state of the Time Out team on a night out). The brand is celebrating a big birthday with ‘Enamoured: 80 Years of Revlon’ – a free exhibition starting today, and it’s bits of cosmetics gossip like this that you can expect to find, alongside stupendous installations of nail art, daydreamy short films inspired by make-up artistry, plus the obligatory stonking footage of the supers in full swing – Claudia and Cindy were both brand faces, as well as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor.
Enamoured: 80 Years of Revlon is at the London Film Museum on Fri from 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Head to londonfilmmuseum.com to find out more.