I love lipstick. Do you? My first tube of lipstick wasn’t even mine, it was a friend’s. It was “Rum Raisin” by L’Oreal, and it was love at first swipe. I remember the day so clearly: eighth grade, in the second floor girl’s bathroom, right before third period. I was so afraid my mom was gonna bust through the school doors and catch me wearing it! But whatever fear I had was quickly cast aside when I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror. I couldn’t get over it. Like magic, the lipstick changed me, made me look pretty even (oh, adolescent self-loathing), it made me feel confident and mature. I decided then and there that wearing lipstick was worth the risk of getting grounded!
Lipstick still does the same for me today. If I don’t have any make up on my face, if my hair is a ratty grease ball, if I have a cold, or if I feel the first contractions of labor coming on, guess what makes me feel pretty again?
Do you feel the same when you wear lipstick?
I wouldn’t personally consider myself a lipstick fanatic like some ladies out there, but talking about it makes me think about my collection. For example, sitting in my makeup drawer right now are five different lipsticks that are pretty much the same mauve-y nude color, but in my heart, I’m convinced they’re different! Don’t get me started on all the red shades I have. Maybe I do have a tiny addiction…
Lately, I’ve been wearing a ton of it. I think I needed something to shake me loose from the daily doldrums. Or maybe it’s that my kids are old enough now, I actually have a spare moment to put some on. Who knows? Whatever the reason, I’m happy about it. It’s fun to wear and makes me feel girly. It reminds me that I’m a lady – and I need that reminder on days when I’m sweaty from doing ten loads of laundry or scrubbing down a toilet, you know? And when I wear it, instead of scowling at my reflection, or barely even noticing it, I smile at myself. I like myself again.
I know, I know, it’s just lipstick! But whether it’s working out, going back to school, or taking up that hobby you were too afraid to try, it’s all the same. What I’m trying to get at is this: if it makes you feel good about yourself, gives you the extra oomph you need, wear that lipstick! You can be dressed up or dressed down, sitting on your couch or out on a date – wherever you are and however you feel, a little lipstick might just be the pick me up you’re looking for. And it’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper than my purse collection! Speaking of which…
Enjoy your weekend, friends!