I’ve been waiting to share this announcement. As the days passed by and I put off saying anything, I realized I needed to challenge myself in ways bigger than my mini-monthly challenges. So here it is:
I’m going to wear red lipstick (almost) every day for an entire year.
After I finished my first The Red Lipstick Challenge, I started to reflect on all the conversations I had with my friends, strangers, women and men of all ages. For some reason I don’t quite understand, the simple act of choosing a bold red lip sparked conversations about relationships, confidence and favorite shades. The conversations and interactions, both small and large, fascinated me. I grew curious why heads turned, why eyes rolled and why people muttered, “Lord have mercy,” under their breath.
In short, my experiment captivated even me.
I started to wonder what I would learn if I wore the lipstick on a long-term basis. A month wasn’t enough time to truly feel the impact of what a seemingly little choice would make. I make choices everyday–what shoes to wear, what to eat for breakfast, where to shop. All minute details that don’t seem to matter. Until I changed the color of my lips and it got people talking.
Making It Work
In choosing to wear the same color for an entire, I realized I would have to realistic about it, which is why I came up with these brief guidelines:
- If I’m wearing makeup, I have to wear red lipstick.
- The lipstick doesn’t have to be bold every wear. Instead, I can apply it to varying degrees depending on the method. For example, applying it on the back of my hand first, then onto my lips so it appears less pigmented.
- One day off per week. Because life happens and red is not always appropriate.
Since I don’t typically do beauty product reviews on this blog, I will be writing reviews over at Beauty Shy, my up-unti-recently neglected beauty blog. The layout is brand new and new reviews will be added on a weekly basis. That way, if you see a color you like, you can pop on over and find out my thoughts!
What Do You Think?
Would you do it? Think I’ll make it? Interested to see how it will turn out?