Lately, I've been trying to break out of my boring makeup routine, so I came up with a great—but scary!—idea. What would it be like if I, a woman who normally wears very light makeup, wore dark lipstick for a whole 10 minutes? I wasn't sure I could survive the challenge.
When I woke up on the morning of the challenge, the last thing I wanted to do was open a tube of dark lipstick and apply it to my lips. Couldn’t I just wear a neutral color like I always did? But I had a job to do. Here's what I learned.
1. My lips looked different.
Instead of looking pink and “natural,” my lips had a much darker color after applying the lipstick.
2. Not all colors of lipstick look good on all people.
At first I tried one dark color, and it did NOT look good. Then I tried another color, and it did. Lesson learned!
3. My boyfriend treated me differently.
As soon as I put on the dark lipstick, he said, “I wish you would stop selling out your life for these stunts at work.”
4. Bartenders paid more attention.
When I don’t wear lipstick, or wear a light-colored lipstick, it can sometimes take a while for me to get a drink. But when I walked into a bar and yelled at the bartender, “Hey, I’m only wearing this lipstick for 10 minutes and I need to see in that time if you treat me differently!” he definitely took notice!
5. My friends got jealous.
“Your job pays you to do this bullshit?” one asked.
6. My sister judged me hard.
I wanted to ask my sister, who doesn’t wear dark lipstick, what she thought about my new shade, so I texted her, “Emergency! Must FaceTime now!!!” She’s a neurology nurse, and let me know that she left a surgery because she thought something was really wrong. Later that day, she texted me a picture of a blood clot she removed from a man’s brain with the note “So glad we both have important jobs.”
7. I thought about my life more.
I spent most of the 10 minutes wondering: Is this what life has come to? We read about cheap experiences, trying them on like hats for a day or week, instead of experiencing things for ourselves? Isn’t it worth it for us to spend more time on our stories, so that we are reading about things that are truly life-changing and important? Or are we so desperate for quick fixes that this is all we really want: to think that wearing dark lipstick could drastically change our hearts, our souls, and our deeply-worn neural networks that are beaten footpaths of fear and insecurity?
8. I felt sexy af.
When I was able to push down all that gross doubt and stop questioning whether the internet is breaking humanity, I discovered that I felt pretty attractive, and that it’s actually not a very big risk to wear dark lipstick!
9. If you accidentally rub your lips with your hand, you'll get lipstick on that hand.
Wow. Just wow.
10. I would totally wear dark lipstick again if someone paid me to write about it, because my life is just a series of public trials.
20 minutes? Yeah, I think I could handle that. ;) Let me know if your website is interested; I hear that articles like this are very popular.