A few weeks ago, my eye started doing this weird twitchy thing, and at first, I thought it was my MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation, so I stopped wearing it and it went away. At the same time, I also stopped wearing eyeshadow, but after wearing eyeshadow last week, I realized I was also having the same reaction to the eyeshadow as I did with the foundation. As you can imagine, as a self-proclaimed eyeshadow addict, I was pretty annoyed. Instead of complaining about it, I decided to put a positive spin on the situation, so I dubbed this summer The Summer of Lipstick.
Since I’ve always been one to jump in head first with challenges, I kicked off the Summer of Lipstick with NYX Cosmetic’s Pure Red with a clear gloss by Rimmel over it. I have to admit that I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn very red lipstick. It takes a lot of courage, as I learned, to wear red lipstick in public.
People’s heads turn, and for whatever reason, there’s a very strong reaction to red lipstick. David and I walked into a bar to put our name in for a table, and immediately I could tell the two hostesses were laughing at me and making fun of my lipstick. After that we went outside, I commented to David about what had happened and said, “I think this is how Dita Von Teese [one of my style icons] must feel everyday.” Honestly, that made me feel more empowered from getting laughed at by two women I didn’t even know.
It takes a lot of confidence to carry red lipstick, for sure. It’s a bold choice, kind of scary, and one that will make you immediately stand out in a crowd. And, you know what? Sometimes that’s exactly what you should do.
The second photo was taken with Instagram. You can follow me on Instagram @courtneymirenzi. Looking for Ryann’s recommendations for Lush? That’ll be featured on Friday instead of today, so don’t forget to check back!