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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.

Here is a picture of what my lips normally look like, so you understand how extremely different they looked with the lipstick.
Here is a picture of what my lips normally look like, so you understand how extremely different they looked with the lipstick.

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.