I’m on this strange quest to appear more put-together when I go out in public… a quest that’s admittedly long-overdue. The liquid eyeliner was a good start, but then I went a little crazy and added some lipstick into the mix. Not just any lipstick, though – bright red lipstick.
Normally when I’m out, I try to blend in. I’ve gotten so good at it that I’m a gosh darn chameleon now – this is probably why I end up being used as a seat cushion on the bus sometimes, and why people seemingly don’t see me when I’m walking directly towards them. But it’s really hard to hide and blend in when your lips are the brightest shade of red you’ve ever seen (this, coming from someone whose volunteer wardrobe largely consists of bright red).
I have to admit, when I tried it on when I got home last night, I felt silly. Why on earth would I spend money on something that I clearly would never wear? But then I blotted it a little and applied some Carmex to the top, and you know what? It started to grow on me. I still felt like I was in Robert Palmer’s music video for Simply Irresistible, but in a ‘hey, look, I’m not invisible!’ kind of way.
I even wore it to work today, and between the eyeliner and the lips, I barely even recognized myself when I looked in the mirror. It went over well, though, and I noticed I was walking taller (for me) all day. I guess having red hot lips forces you to exude a little more confidence. 🙂
So for now, the red lips are going to stay, but temporarily. I don’t plan on bringing much makeup with me to the beach, obviously. But when I get back, I’m going to try to remember what I’ve learned in these little makeup experiments. It’s not that wearing eyeliner and red lipstick gives me more attention (I still hate drawing attention to myself); it’s more that wearing them seems to impart a sense of confidence and competence, which is really what I’m going for.
And after all, confidence and competence really are simply irresistible, no?