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My Love Affair With Lipstick

Before I hopped on the subway I wandered over to Sephora for a quick face check in the mirror. As I perused the aisles, there it was. The Estée Lauder lipstick section. There were roughly 25 colors, some bright, some dark, and some super shimmery. I was struck — as if by fate — and applied a dark red flavor that I now hold near and dear to my heart. Stay Scarlett. Instantly, my black skinnies and oversize sweater felt wildly hip. That lipstick transformed me. I strutted over to Lincoln Center with an unprecedented pep in my step. I even had my photograph taken a few times on the way inside. In seemingly cinematic slow motion I pursed my lips, slung my jacket over my shoulders, and posed while trying to pull off my best high-powered editor stare.

It was then that I realized the power that comes with a quick swipe of a lipstick. The transformative properties that it undoubtedly allows every woman, but perhaps something special for me in particular. One night I was talking to my friend who revealed to me that he thought my aura was red. (He does that from time to time.) When I asked him to elaborate, he mentioned that "sometimes I was all mouth." While at the time I assumed it was because of my outspoken nature and natural flush from one too many cocktails, upon closer inspection I realized it was true. And that it was exactly what I was going for. Lipstick became a part of me, a carefully planned affair that adds extra sass and confidence tenfold—my own personal Sasha Fierce. Each color dictates my mood: grunge-soaked purples, Old Hollywood reds, sexy Bardot nudes. I suppose my kinship with the colorful accessory also has to do with the fact that no matter how much take-out Chinese food I've had the night before, it always fits. Since that fateful day, I've never met a rouge I didn't like.


Photo Credit: Kathryn Wirsing

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