I took a shower yesterday and congratulated myself about it. Felt really smug that I accomplished one of life’s everyday necessities. I decided, hey, while I’m feeling so great and smug, why don’t I hit it out of the ball park and DO MY HAIR AND MAKE-UP?! While I’d been taking showers from time to time during this era of quarantine, I had NOT been doing my hair or make up. Even for the occasional Zoom call, it just didn’t seem worth it. And yes, there was something refreshing about my new laissez-faire attitude. I think this was the longest stretch of time my skin has been allowed to breathe without a drop of make up on it. BUT, if I was being honest… I missed a little polish, I guess you could call it.
So! With nothing to do, nowhere to go, and no one to see me, I proceeded to spend forty-five minutes on my hair and make up — look, I had some time to spare.
It wasn’t until the forty-third minute of my polishing that I felt a transformation. A real longing to go outside and chat and flirt and drink and ponder (Don’t worry! I didn’t! Don’t @ me!). When I put a swipe of red across my lips, I felt my entire posture change. Music had been playing this whole time, but I finally started dancing to it (and continued to dance to it for the next thirty minutes).
It reminded how much I love lipstick. How it can singularly transform my entire mood. I never had lipstick on my list of « desert island essentials » (always leaning towards the practicality of sunscreen and the like) but I must say… I think it takes the cake. The smallest thing that has the biggest impact on my mood.
Personally, I always lean towards a classic red. What’s your go-to color?