I'll Wear Any Color As Long As It's Black

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 10, 2010


It’s a grey, rainy day. So it’s the perfect excuse to play every Mazzy Star record and wear this new dark purple lipstick I got from MAC yesterday. I have been an MAC devotee since getting my first Studio fix some time in 1999/2000. They have a recycling program where you can bring in six of your old containers and get a free lipstick. I’ve had a bag of old containers building up for a long time and yesterday I returned twelve so I picked up this color — Cyber — and a bright matte red — Russian Red.

I’ve been thinking a lot about lipstick lately. When I was a freshman in high school (1995), I read about Chanel Vamp in some magazine and even though I wasn’t a teenage goth, the description which said something like “the deepest red tinged with black” really sucked me in. That lipstick was a really expensive purchase for a fourteen-year-old — most of my friends were wearing Cover Girl and Wet N Wild. I was seriously dedicated to that color and wore it every single day, reapplying constantly. I learned every trick to make the lipstick stay on perfectly (tips which still serve me well). Then, there was a boy. A boy I liked who, in an effort to tease me or control me, told me that he wouldn’t talk to me if I wore lipstick to school the next day. I knew I couldn’t go to school bare-lipped (oh, the horror) so I bought lipgloss to wear instead. Things with that boy never progressed beyond the most awkward hug but the lipgloss somehow became necessary for my well-being. I know I have an addiction to it — I must have it around me at all times, constantly reapplying . . . I put it on right before bed and as soon as I wake up and everywhere in between. But lately I’ve been thinking about how amazing an accessory lipstick is. It completely punctuates a look and lends the wearer a sort of edge. You have to be devoted to wear lipstick all day. It will smudge and run and come off from eating/drinking/talking. You have to be prepared to be completely conscious of how you look and you also have to be prepared to skillfully repair that look at a moment’s notice. It really says, “I’m serious,” no matter how you wear it.

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