10 Fascinating Facts About The Lucy Collection

Just like our previous collections for Disney and Marvel, the Lucy Collection is filled with beautiful details, little known history, and reverence for the wonderful woman at the center of our set.

The Lucy Collection is on sale now!

To make you even more excited, here are 10 delightful facts about the Lucy Collection!

Our First Iconic Woman

After our collections for Snow White, Agent Carter, the Mermaid Lagoon, and Sleeping Beauty, our customers wanted more. Not just collections on our favorite fictional characters, but detailed creations for impactful women of history. So, we created the Iconic Women Collection! 

These collections will feature notable women from history. Our first set celebrates Lucille Ball — a pioneer of comedy, entertainment, and business. Never afraid to mix glamour and laughs, Lucy has been an icon for nearly 70 years and our collection brings that elegance to a new generation.

Showcasing Lucy’s Glamorous Side

Before I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball started her career as a model. Even as she delved further into comedy, she always maintained her glamour. The Lucy Collection brings to light the beauty and ingenuity of Lucille Ball, to prove she was so much more than “that wacky redhead.”

To find out all the ways Lucy changed history, read 9 Things We Have Today Thanks to Lucy

Lucie Approved

Lucille Ball’s daughter, actress Lucie Arnaz helped Gabriela get the details just right. She spoke to Gabriela about her mother’s makeup habits, color preferences, and exceptional skill at applying eye brows! 

In the Classic Beauty with Bésame Cosmetics Podcast, Lucie goes into even more detail about beauty advice from her mom and other fascinating stories. 

Both Sides of Lucy

It was incredibly important to Gabriela that this collection show all the sides of Lucille Ball. So, she commissioned custom artwork to reflect that idea. 

On our compact and lipstick case, the portrait of Lucy features a face half in shadow. It’s meant to evoke the classic comedy/tragedy masks and the opposing sides of her life. The light side represents her comedic persona, while the opposing side represents her serious minded business savvy. 

Artwork Straight From Havana

Gabriela went to Desi’s roots to create the artwork for our Club Babalu palette. Instead of recreating the exact club from I Love Lucy, Gabriela looked to what would have inspired Ricky at the time.

The Club Babalu Palette cover is based on Havana tourism art from the 1950s! Desi himself likely saw similar posters as he was concocting his Club Tropicana. The palette gives a hint of Havana history and a nod to Desi’s importance in Lucille’s life.

Eyeshadow Easter Eggs

I Love Lucy fans are in for a treat with our Club Babalu palette. Each eyeshadow name references the beloved show and a couple of real life Lucy favorites. Here are all the names with the Lucy easter eggs revealed.

  • Tropicana Taupe: The Tropicana is the nightclub where Ricky and his band headlined. 
  •  Salesman Blue: After a life in vaudeville and time as a New York City landlord, best friend and neighbor Fred Mertz ended his time on I Love Lucy as an egg salesman!
  •  Bandleader Brown: Ricky made his living leading a band. As much as Lucy tried, Lucy did not make a living as part of the act!
  •  Babablue: Based on Ricky’s signature song Babalu. We recommend singing it as you apply the eyeshadow for best results!
  •  Lucy's Lilac: Though I Love Lucy was in black and white, she often wore lilac eye colors because it was her favorite shade.
  •  Mertz Mauve: Named for Ricky and Lucy’s best friends and neighbors — Fred and Ethel Mertz.
  •  Ricardo Rose: Based on the last name of America’s favorite couple — Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.
  •  McGillicuddy Roots: Before she became a Ricardo, she was Lucy McGillicuddy from West Jamestown, NY.

Lucy’s Most Famous Lip Color

I Love Lucy was filmed in black and white, but Lucille Ball always wore a signature red lipstick. This warm red and exaggerated lip shape read beautifully on television and amplified Lucy’s hilarious expressions.

Love That Redhead lipstick is recreated from this signature Lucy shade. Based on color press clippings and interviews with Lucie Arnaz, Gabriela matched the color perfectly. 

The Lucy Look Evolution

Though people typically think of Lucy with her red, poodle-like hair and 50s style look, Lucille Ball evolved her glamorous style through the decades. In the 1960s, she took on the cool blue shades of the time and peachy, neutral lips.

Our What A Peach lipstick is an exact match from one of Lucy’s most beautiful press photos from the 1960s. The peach shade with a hint of pink looks gorgeous on all skin tones and evokes elegant, 60s glamour.

To find out more about Lucille Ball's incredible life, check out:

22 Things You Never Knew About Lucy

Lucy’s Lashes Are...Lucy’s Lashes

For our first false lashes, Lucy was the ideal choice! Throughout her career, she wore a very specific type of lashes. They were very, very long, quite thin, and all the same length (compared to the tapered lashes we typically see today). Plus, they matched the “golden apricot” color of her hair.

Our Lucy’s Lashes match hers exactly. Custom-made you can only find these lashes at Bésame...and you can only get them with the complete Lucy collection! Talk about one-of-a-kind!

A Lip Liner for Lucy...And All Your Reds

Our first lip liner in many years, Warm Red matched Love That Redhead exactly. To get that precise Lucy pout, we highly recommend shaping the lips with Warm Red and filling with Love That Redhead.

But Warm Red works with nearly all of our lip colors. It looks splendid with Red Hot Red, adds a bit of red coloring to Carmine, and gives warmth to any of our other reds. Or, pair with What A Peach for a more fiery look!

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I cannot wait! I love the show, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, all of it!

Debra June 24, 2020

I AM SOOOOO EXCITED! I’ve been a fan of Lucille Ball and her shows since I was a child (I’m only 27) and now as an adult, I could not be more excited to dive into her glamour too! Going to have make more room in my makeup bag with Agent Carter and Sleeping Beauty!

Kate Ragan June 24, 2020

Can WE preorder! I purchased the Mickey Mouse lipstick I love love love it highly recommend this product!

Tammy June 24, 2020

Gorgeous theme! A “Mad Men” 60s theme would be an amazing collection!♡

Emelyn June 24, 2020

I wish I could order lipstick in the summer, but I’ve learned my lesson on that! The compact and eyeshadow will have to do! But I just love the lipstick case 🤗

Marge June 24, 2020

I need this collection!

Laura Escobar June 24, 2020

You had me at “Lucy”. This is a much needed treat. Thank you!!

Maralyn June 24, 2020

I cannot wait to get my hands on this collection Lucille Ball absolutely helped shape the woman I am today!!💋This collection will be just as iconic as she!

Leeana Trujillo June 24, 2020

I am look so ready!!!! Yassssss!!!!

Magdalena Zendejas June 24, 2020

I am so excited for this collection, I have loved I Love Lucy since I was a young girl and have watched the show since I was 4 or 5 and have seen ever episode!!! I can’t wait , I feel like a kids at a candy shop 🥳🥳🥳🥳🎉🎉🎉🎉!!! My credit card is ready and burning to go…. take all my money 💸💸💸💸💸!!!! Thank you so much for putting this collection out 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💖💖💖💖!!!

Elizabeth Turner June 24, 2020

I cant wait to see these!!!

Jen Hill June 24, 2020

I cant wait !!!! I love .. I Love Lucy 💘 c

Ashley van hautr June 24, 2020

From all the LUCY fans in the world…THANK YOU! What a thoughtful collection that I cannot wait to own. I ❤Lucy

Bertha G June 24, 2020

my credit card is ready!!!!

Julue Santiago June 24, 2020

Fabulous. I can’t wait.

Marcy June 24, 2020

One more day! It looks amazing!

Angela Haibach June 24, 2020

OMG…we all LOVE Lucy and I can not wait for this collection. It looks fabulous, as if I did not already know it would coming from Besame. The classy look of this collection suits the classiness of Lucy to a T. Great job Gabriella and team!!!

Andrea Blake June 24, 2020

I am beyond excited for this collection.

Daisy June 24, 2020

I can not wait for this collection
Lucille Ball is my absolute favorite I have seen every movie and every one of her show’s over a dozen times each she kept me busy while battling cancer as a teenager ( 2009) and still makes me smile on my hardest of days I LOVE LUCY

Angela Ramirez June 24, 2020

Any idea when we can pre order?

Angela June 24, 2020

You couldn’t have picked a more perfect collection theme!! Wow am I excited! This is SO awesome!

Magaidh Bryan June 24, 2020

I am beyond excited, my Lucy fantasy is ready to be fulfilled!

Alexandra Castillo June 24, 2020

Oooh I wasn’t expecting this!! Totally blowing me away!!

Maria Jimenez June 24, 2020

I’m so excited for this collection and love that Lucy is the first of the iconic women collection!!

Christine Grewal June 24, 2020

I love this collection I hooe I get to be one to be able to purchase just in time for my anniversary with my hubby Raymond (Ricky) ♥️😘😍💋💄 I’m excited 😘

Diana Fierro June 24, 2020

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