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.
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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