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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59 comments

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS COLLECTION. I Love Lucy was my mom’s favorite show growing up, and I even watched it when I was little. I’ve never been excited by any makeup collection until this one. I’m going to buy everything!!!

Janelle Biehl June 24, 2020

When is the Lucy Collection available and what is the price?

Kathryn Lemon June 24, 2020

I cannot wait. Love Lucy for years and years. Counting the hours.

Vicki Lea June 24, 2020

I’m so excited!!

Anna Fabiani June 24, 2020

I bought the I love Lucy CD set and watched it together with my late Mum. We loved it! Now a make up collection in honour of her is the ultimate dream come true. Can’t wait to buy some ❣️❣️❣️

Milly Dodd June 24, 2020

I have set my timer, and cannot wait until these are released! Lucille Ball was an amazing actress and comedian ahead of her time with her business sense and her class. What a lovely choice for Besame! I Love Lucy♥️

Kerrie Clark June 24, 2020

I’ve been a besame girl for years and love telling friends about the cake mascara and the perfect shades of red. But this new collection takes the cake. I can’t wait to add it to my beloved Agent Carter and Sleeping Beauty collections!

Jamison Hudson June 24, 2020

I Love Lucy is my favorite show, I will be impatiently waiting!! SO EXCITING!!

Elizabeth June 24, 2020

I cannot wait till this collection because available

Patricia Lawson June 22, 2020

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