Meet the Lipstick That Will Turn You into Sophia Loren

La dolce vita, anyone?

Sophia Loren
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If there are two men who could bottle Sophia Loren's essence into a gold lipstick tube, it's the Dolce & Gabbana boys. After all, the Italian screen siren is practically the human embodiment of their telltale Sicilian Dress.

In a collaboration with 81-year-old Loren, Domenico and Stefano dreamed up Sophia Loren No 1, a semi-matte, dark cherry hue deemed "her" red, as it was designed to enhance the natural color of her lips. 

But don't worry, a glowing Mediterranean complexion is not a prerequisite, as it's flattering to all skin tones—it just reads a little differently on everyone. While it looks slightly purplish on Loren's caramel-hued skin in her stunning campaign for the shade, on my fair skin it looks like more of a dark pink. 

Sophia Loren

(Image credit: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana)

As far as styling goes, you don't need a little black dress and retro bouffant to finish the look either—as I type I'm wearing it with a sweater, jeans, and a messy half-bun. In other words, it's a totally versatile alternative to bright red for fall. And regardless of what you wear it with, you're going to feel glamorous anytime you reach for the shiny gold tube, which is emblazoned with Loren's signature.

To give it a try yourself, run—don't walk—to a Sephora store near you or throw it in your virtual basket at (But do so stat, as there are only a few left, according to the site.)

Dolce and Gabbana Sophia Loren No 1 Signature Lipstick, $35.50;

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.