Alyson Fox’s ‘A Shade of Red’ book celebrates the often critiqued process of ‘putting your face on.’ Getting dolled up for events or daily excursions is an essential facet of life for many women, and while some lament its superficial traits, Fox has posited it as a reality in need of embrace.
Women of all ages are the subject of A Shade of Red. The deep lip rouge is the only thing that the strangers have in common, at least in an immediate sense. Fox points out the underlying desire to communicate lust and confidence through cosmetics, uniform sentiments harbored by countless communities of women.
Fox also aims to overcome manifest notions of narcissism as the term often writes off the will to “make” oneself up. The author instead interprets this will to hold significant implications insofar as humanity, connection and participation go.