Back in January I read the post “How Red Lipstick Taught me to be Brave” on Those Graces. The author challenged herself to wear red lipstick every day for a month.
“In the beginning of the challenge, I was afraid to go out in public with my red lips. There was something unnerving about people staring at me, whether they did it out of judgement or inherent curiosity. But this isn’t a story about strangers, it’s a story about me. I went from being doubting myself every time I wore red lipstick to embracing it entirely. It became apart of who I was, almost like a character trait. I wore it when I was so happy, when I was terribly sad, when I was sick and once accidentally when I was going to the gym.”
My thought on reading her post was “I wear red lipstick all the time!” but then I had to be honest with myself. I love red lipstick and wear it often, but not constantly. Still, I wanted to see if it felt weird to wear red lipstick every day. So last month I decided to start a red lipstick challenge of my own. I would wear red lipstick daily starting first thing in the morning. I’d reapply it after lunch and any time I walked out the door. How did the experiment go? Keep reading to find out.
January 15th, day 1
Bright red lips at 7 am? Really? I didn’t want to put it on. My skin was dry and blotchy the way it usually is in the morning, but the challenge must go on! I pulled out my Sonia Kashuk matte lip crayon in “Rosey Nude”, the most natural looking red I own, and rubbed some on. It looked pretty good. I put on some more and took a photo. There. That wasn’t so hard was it?
— TheStyleConfessions (@TheStyleConfess) January 15, 2013
January 18th, day 5
I’m really getting into it now. Since I started the challenge I’ve bought three new red lipsticks including the sheer, glossy Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm in Scarlet Twist and painted my nails red to match. At first it felt weird putting red lipstick on every time I walked out of the house. Thankfully there are a lot red lip options out there. Between the sheer reds and glossy reds, thick matte reds and shimmery reds, dark reds, natural reds, and neon bright reds theres a red lipstick out there for every mood and occasion.
— TheStyleConfessions (@TheStyleConfess) January 20, 2013
January 19th, day 6
Recently I’ve heard so many people say red lipstick shouldn’t be worn by anyone over fill-in-the blank age. I’ve read articles by women who believe men don’t like red lipstick, or that red lipstick makes women look “whorish” or somehow inappropriate. What gives? Red is a great color. It’s classic and sophisticated. Don’t believe me? I made a Pinboard full of images to prove my point.
Ok. I know most of the images are of fair-skinned women. And it is easy for me to wear red because of my skin tone. But there’s a flattering red out there for everyone! Check out this article for some great tips.
January 27th, day 16
Red makes me feel fierce and, yes indeed, brave!
— TheStyleConfessions (@TheStyleConfess) January 27, 2013
January 28th, day 15
After two weeks of wearing red lipstick every day it’s starting to feel completely normal. I thought by now I’d be bored, but I’ve only been tempted by neutral or nude colors a couple of times. This week’s favorite is Revlon’s Matte Lipstick in Really Red. It’s sophisticated, bold and classic.
February 5th, day 23
I have totally forgotten about wearing lipstick of any kind at all the last couple days. Keeping a challenge going is hard! Taking a photo every day is pretty impossible too, especially because my phone is old so it’s hard to take a flattering lipstick shot.
February 12th, day 35
The challenge is almost over. I have gotten so used to wearing red lipstick that the colors that used to seem like “too much” for day, Nars’ gorgeously dark Cruella and Maybelline’s glamorous Red Revival now feel totally normal for an afternoon running errands. If I got a nickel every time someone said “Oh you look so glamorous!” I could probably buy a Venti Latte at Starbucks with the change.
Crossing the Finish Line
The challenge is over and I can go back to wearing whatever lipstick color I want, but I won’t be removing any tubes of red from my makeup bag anytime soon. Wearing the color every day has made me feel a little bolder. I know I can do it and no one will freak out. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the uniformly positive reaction from friends and strangers alike. I no longer wear red just on special occasions, which is good, because wearing a glamorous red lipstick makes everyday tasks feel a bit more special.
What do you think of red lipstick? Would you take part in a red lipstick challenge?