I love lipstick. And my first tube of lipstick? It wasn’t even mine, it was a friend’s. It was called Rum Raisin by L’Oreal and it was love at first swipe in the girl’s bathroom at school, right before third period, in the eighth grade.
I was so afraid my mom was going to bust through the school doors and catch me wearing it, but the reflection in the mirror after I put it on? Somehow the lipstick changed me, made me look different – pretty (oh, adolescence!)! I felt grown up, so “in.” Man, those new feelings about myself? I was ready to risk getting grounded for them.
And wearing lipstick pretty much does the same for me still.
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 will make me feel pretty again?
Do you feel the same when you wear lipstick? I wouldn’t consider myself a lipstick fanatic like some ladies out there, but talking about it like this makes me wonder if I have a problem…
Lately I’ve been wearing a ton of it. I think I needed something to shake me loose from the Winter 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 guitar lessons!
Enjoy your weekend, friends!