Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. - Rumi

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Lipstick Queen

I love lipstick.  It is my favorite make-up item.
Ever since I was a little girl playing in my mother’s friend’s makeup bag I have been a lipstick diva.
I remember having shades or orange and red put on my lips and feeling so girly and sophisticated.
Fast forward to now, still lovin’  lipstick. 
The shades I am rocking are the shades I have always rocked: red, pink, coral.
I flirted with shades of brown but always come home to my basics.  I am a classic kinda girl. It doesn’t matter the shade of red, the brighter the better. 
My granny wore red lipstick ONLY.  Pink? Well only a bright pink works on my skin tone.  I call it ultra puce! I have loved pink since college days.  There’s Schiap pink and I do love Schiaparelli jewelry so I still have to purchase that one, I have been holding out…I don’t know why.  Pale pinks don’t work on me, they sort of look washed out.  oranges are also bright, vibrant, warmth on my lips.
When I was little, my mom said” you don’t need to wear make-up”.  So mostly I didn’t and don’t.
I have several shades of red, several shades of coral but rock only one shade of pink. I can’t leave home without it.
close up
mixed media on canvas
It’s my “go to” to brighten up my face and mood.  Who can be sad if they are wearing a bright lipstick.
By the way, I was rocking the  electric pink before Nicki Minaj was born.  So she stole it from me.  

It doesn’t matter the brand, but for a while I only loved Chanel reds. Then it didn’t matter, Revlon, L’Oreal, Laura Mercier, who ever made a shade that I liked so much, I bought it.  Target, Macy’s, CVS, online. 
It is a little embarrassing but this is one of my favorite things.
Even when I paint self-portraits I give myself beautiful red lips. It’s like a trademark.
Lips, lipstick... one of my favorites.

by Wayne Thiebaud 1960's