Lipstick is one of the first cosmetics girls are allowed to use when they are growing up. At least it was that way when I was growing up. I couldn’t wait to get my first lipstick. I was in about the seventh grade when my mother allowed me to wear some to a dance. I felt so grown up.
I have had a love affair with lipstick ever since. I don’t wear much other makeup, just a little powder on my nose, but that’s it. Ever since seventh grade, I have used Covergirl makeup. It doesn’t have oils in it to clog your pores and washes off easily. Sometimes I will use their liquid foundation if I am not in a hurry, which I usually am. I love the smell of new powder makeup. Even if I don’t use it very much, I like to keep some in my purse.
Remember the first Parent Trap movie with Hayley Mills? If you are under fifty, you may not unless you have seen it on television. I loved the part where the one twin got to go to the camp dance and the other one didn’t and what she did to her twin who was at the dance. Anyway, Hayley Mill’s character was talking to a boy and said, ” I feel naked without my lipstick.” That is kind of how I feel when I am out in public and don’t have lipstick on. In case you wondered what the one twin did to her sister, she and her friends cut the back of her sister’s dress off while she was leaning against a railing and there she was with her underpants showing for all to see. A huge fight insued with all the food for the dance being knocked to the floor and the twins being banished from the camp to a cabin away from everyone else. If you haven’t seen this movie, I hope you can see it some time. Lindsey Lohan did a remake of the movie years later and I liked it just as well.
So I decided to gather all my lipsticks from around the house and in drawers and in my purses and see what I had. I was amazed at how many tubes I had.
This is what I had left after I threw a few away those that didn’t have much lipstick left in them.
My Covergirl lipsticks.
This has lipstick on one end and gloss on the other. Both applied with a wand. At least that’s what I think you call it.
One of these things.
I seem to tend toward the same colors. I have never worn bright red lipstick although I think it really looks good on some women.
My lipstick comes in all types of tubes.
I don’t really like the long, skinny tubes very well.
This tube fooled me at the store. I thought I was buying a stick of lipstick. Not so.
It was lip gloss. I use it, but I don’t prefer it.
These are my newest lipsticks. That bright pink one, I’m not so sure about. Sometimes I put two or three shades on my lips at a time and try to come up with a new shade. I just love lipstick. I even wear it sometimes when I take the dogs a walk. David will ask, “Why are you putting on lipstick just to walk the dog?” I don’t know why. My mother instilled in me when I was growing up that when you went out in public you tried to put your best foot forward. She was aghast when she would see young women with curlers in their hair when we were out shopping. You know the ones I am talking about? Back in the sixties girls rolled their hair on these huge rollers about the size of a can of vegetables. She told me to never wear curlers in my hair in public. That has stayed with me. I always change my clothes and put on lipstick before I go anywhere. If you see me out and about and I don’t have my lipstick on, something is wrong.
Now I see people in their pajamas in a store. Their pajamas!! I know I have written about this before, but really. Can’t you take the time to put on some clothes before you go out in public? I know pajamas are comfortable. Some days I don’t get out of mine until almost noon, but I don’t go out in them.
Anyway, I will continue my love affair with lipstick. When or if one day I am put in a nursing home there are two things I have told my daughter to be sure to take care of if I can’t do it. Tweeze the hairs off my face and apply lipstick for me. I hope the funeral director will put an especially pretty shade on me for my funeral. Seriously! Then when people stand around and say, “Doesn’t she look natural?” I will. Bye.