143591543 1 Christian Louboutin’s Launching Beauty

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Red lipstick to echo those red soles? Christian Louboutin is about to make the search a little bit easier. The designer of shoes and handbags—celebrating his company’s 20th anniversary this year—is headed into beauty, with plans for the first products to hit stores in late 2013, WWD reports.

Louboutin was mum on details, but noted that his beauty line “has to mirror the quality of the shoes, of the bags, of all the DNA of the brand.” It’s a natural extension, he felt: “Beauty products also have to do with empowering women. That’s very much the job of the shoes I’m designing.”

When WWD asked him about his beauty icon, Louboutin cited the painted limestone bust of Nefertiti, housed at the Neues Museum in Berlin. “It’s a perfect beauty,” he explained, “and the makeup is quite perfect.”

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