Milk Makeup Joins Forces With Wu-Tang on a Lipstick Collection

Wu-Tang’s shared origins with Milk Makeup in New York culture and knowledge date back to 2012 at a New York Fashion Week event. Those seeds grew into a newly announced collaboration six years later – lipstick inspired by the wisdom and Wu philosophies to center modern Wu Warriors. In developing the collection, RZA sought to invoke the Yin energy, with Teyana Taylor to model.

Eight longwear, Lip Colors, with glitter, matte, and high-shine properties make up the collaboration, each representing an earthly element in the I Ching Trigrams. There’s a rose gold SACRED (Heaven), orange-red FIRE, ruby red CHI (Thunder), spiced rose FLOW (Wind), purple FREQUENCY (Water), burgundy SOURCE (Earth), brown CYPHER (Mountain) and hot-pink RUCKUS (Lake). Key ingredients include antioxidant-rich lotus water, cherry blossom and ginseng to nourish the lips while hemp extract hydrates and Chinese red dates smooth and plump lips. Lipsticks are, all the while, housed in a custom-sculpted, gold dragon barrel.

Read our interview below with Teyana Taylor, RZA and Milk Makeup’s own Georgie Grevilleto hear the shared origins and prevailing Wu philosophies that shaped the collaboration. The entire collection can be purchased in a set – arriving in a deluxe, keepsake box – at $440 USD or individually at $55 USD, on Other accessories include a 24K mirror and pins.