My history in lipstick. I am inspired today by Katie of Let’s Add Sprinkles. Katie wrote about her history in fragrance, and it was a lovely walk down memory lane. (Like Katie, I am a fan of Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture.) Once we’ve passed age 50, we’ve tried many fragrances, and each one of mine evokes a period in my life, from pre-teen to fully-grown woman.
Katie’s post got me thinking about a similar history: my life in lipstick. Such a simple little object, but it meant a lot to most of us as young girls, then young women, just starting out in our quest for “femininity”. Here are some of my own milestones, and I would love to hear about yours:
- At age 10, trying on my grandmother’s Coty red lipstick, that she kept in a drawer next to her Coty loose powder. It was so exotic and forbidden to little girls, so of course I reveled in it, until grandma found out. I still love a good matte red, imprinted on me by Grandma Lucy.
- My first very-own lipsticks were by Yardley. I treasured the off-white frosted Yardley that I thought made me look just like Twiggy. My lips were probably rather ghastly in retrospect.
- During my college years, I wore virtually no makeup. I was a Serious Student, with no time for such frivolities. Short, curly hair, jeans and turtlenecks every day, Chapstick on my lips and books under my arm. If Clearasil counts as makeup, that was my brand.
- As a young professional I did lots of experimenting with color. I loved to drift by the cosmetics counters at the big department stores and try the latest shades. Dark violet is in? I want it. No-color lips? I had them. Because I was enjoying spreading my fashion and beauty wings, I bought the “better” brands, like Estee Lauder and Lancome.
- From about age 45 to 60, in my busy middle years, my lips were treated to mainly rosy pinks. I had a few true favorites by Revlon (back to the drugstore!), with an occasional trip to Sephora or Ulta for fun. But nary a fuchsia nor a nude would touch my lips.
- My most recent lipstick chapter has gotten more experimental again. No workplace to dress for, and a casual wardrobe, means I can wear any color I like. I’m in an orange-y mood right now, with Maybelline Electric Orange. I also like a medium pink matte liquid, like e.l.f.’s in Mauvelous. It’s good to know oneself, and to experiment, and the journey has been fun as well.
“Joy is the best makeup. But a little lipstick is a close runner-up.“–Lady Gaga
Do you have a lipstick story? Please share.
Stay fabulous, xo
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