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I Wore Red Lipstick for a Week

When I was younger, I would watch films where the women would wear red lipstick. The color was vibrant against their skin, and they looked glamorous like old Hollywood. I remember that my representation of classy women was anyone who wore pearls and red lipstick. In pop culture, this makeup trend is seen as a powerful statement.

So naturally, I decided to challenge myself to wear red lipstick every day of the week.

Day One

I was hesitant to put on my barely worn, Generation G lipstick that I had gotten from Glossier a couple of months ago. The color was a brighter red which slightly brought out my blue eyes. As I slid the lipstick over my lips and saw the color take over, I realized that I could pull it off. I had the power to walk around with this color and own it. I also realized that wearing red lipstick is a journey of confidence, one that women or men can take.

Day Two

I had no classes for that day so I wore red lipstick around my house. It felt like I was Blanche on The Golden Girls because I could even take on the world in my living room. The day went on as I finished my assignments for I leave for England at the end of the week. Of course, my red lipstick wore off, but it left a light wash for me to feel invincible. That all changed though when I had to wash it off and go to sleep.

Day Three

Wednesday was filled with Starbucks orders and writing a Shakespeare essay. I wore a comfortable outfit because I would be sitting down all day, but I added color with Generation G. The sheer red instantly contrasted with my white t-shirt, making me feel like I should be pinned on someone’s style board. Does that sound conceited? No, okay.

Day Four

By Thursday I felt like Marilyn Monroe, a pro at red lipstick. I was comfortable enough to put it on in the morning, but I was sad to take it off at night. As I looked down at the washed off red, I realized that wearing this color does give me confidence. It’s not a subtle, nude lipstick or a lip gloss, but it boosts any feature that you love on your face. For me, it brings out the blue in my eyes.

Day Five

Friday is the day I leave for England, but I will arrive in style with my Generation G lipstick. I’ll imagine that as I step off the plane and envision the Queen saluting my red lipstick as she wears hers. Hopefully, I stop a cute, ginger boy in his tracks or become apart of a picture in London that will sell in Ikea.  

All images in the article courtesy of the author. 


edited by kh

Karla Grimes (and yes, like Rick Grimes from the Walking Dead) is a senior at the University of Central Florida. Her major is English-Creative Writing with a minor in Magazine Journalism! Besides reading and writing, Karla enjoys binge watching Criminal Minds and Parks and Recreation on Netflix. Also, if you mention Stranger Things in a conversation she will fangirl all her emotions for the show. Karla also enjoys traveling and listening to a wide range of music, from Green Day to the score in Pride and Prejudice. You can follow her on Instagram at ms.kpg, which has a many pictures of her dog, her friends, and the occasional birthday post for Harry Potter. 
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