Little girls love all the small things in her momma’s drawer of make-up and trinkets.
A pair of pearl earrings, long golden necklaces, tiny bottles of perfume, empty vials from hotels, head band, endless loops of bracelets and necklaces in a complicated tangle, boxes of sequins, a mat of needles with rolls of thread in party colors, a brooch with gems and stones, and of course, that flaming red lipstick.
Every little girl (or boy who feels like a girl) tries on her mother’s lipstick whenever she’s not around. There, in front of the dresser or the mirror, the girl would pretend to be a princess or a queen or a grown-up woman with sense and class. The red lipstick is the magic wand that transforms her fragility into boldness in the kingdom of make-believe.
Playing is when her imagination starts to expand the world she wants to create for herself. In other words, dreaming is the first step to becoming.
Some people may see make-up as mere vanity, or a way to attract the opposite sex, but for the girls who grew up tinkering with their mothers’ drawers and chest of treasures, the thought of wearing lipstick for others may be an incomprehensible judgment that lacks prudence.
The lipstick could be the girl’s tool to call attention, not only for matters of sexuality/sensuality, but also for the people around her to read her lips and listen to that important thing she has to say. Sometimes, the mouth made pretty by lipstick has this additional power of confidence.
Sometimes, the lipstick also completes the package of a warm smile that can make anyone’s day.
This post is for all the women who were once the little girls who played in front of the mirror with their momma’s lipstick, and whose imagination and creativity and self-empowerment haven’t worn out since.
(Eventually, we grow up and buy our own lipstick.Since my lips are the chapped, dark ones, I appreciate how some brands can hide the hideous. Recently, I bought some make-up and I thought of blogging about them, MAC pro-longwear lip creme, Laura Mercier Baby Lips pencil, and Revlon lip balm, but instead, I wrote this because this is not a make-up review blog)
(no make-up except the lipstick, so hello, pores)