I’ve always wanted to wear red lipstick, but the opaque color and undeniably made-up look intimidated me. Red lipstick girls don’t walk, they sashay and wear black stilettos, which they use to push a man to his knees. They fight crime, too, usually in latex. They do a lot of things, but I’m pretty sure red lipstick girls don’t drop off the kids at preschool. Besides, my pale, olive skin and dark hair had other plans. I haven’t had luck finding a good shade in the last 20 years, so I’ve been playing it safe with standbys Aubergine and Black Honey.
For my high school reunion, I wanted to wear red.
I think I found a good color. I don’t wear it everyday, but I’ve worn it often enough since July to conclude that it just might be my red lipstick. It’s opaque, but not matte, and pleasantly long wearing. It also tingles at first, because it has a plumping action. Supposedly. I don’t buy it. The only thing that plumps comes in a syringe but that’s fine. The tingling feels nice and I don’t feel duped.
I like it. Sometimes I will put it on and then turn around and take it off because I feel shy, but for the most part I like my new red lipstick. It’s the Wild Volume Lipstick by Boots No7 in Raspberry Truffle. You can find it on sale at Target.