Make Me Up

lipstick“If you’re sad, add some more lipstick and attack.”-Coco Chanel.

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.”- Elizabeth Taylor

“Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world.” –Unknown

“Keep your head high, put on some sunglasses and lipstick and no one can stop you.”- Madison Lawson

What is it about lipstick that causes girls to feel ready, intimidating, bad-A and like they can do anything they put their mind to? How does wiping away my tears, splashing my face with water and applying some lipstick make me feel as though I’ve turned my whole life around in ten seconds? Why do a large portion of the women reading this right now have a strange urge and desire to close their computer, stand up and go put on some lipstick and do whatever they are putting off?

Square your shoulders, put on your favorite color and attack.

We live in a world where women are both subconsciously and obviously told that they are weak, small, incapable. We are told “you’re not beautiful and if you think you are then you are a vain, conceited b***h.” A girl can’t post a cute picture of herself that makes her feel absolutely stunning without someone calling her out and telling her she is attention seeking and insecure.

Lipstick tells you the opposite. Lipstick, makeup, hats, your favorite pairs of shoes, a smile, a smirk, a pucker, whatever it is, it tells you that you CAN. You are beautiful, and you are capable. It says “Screw them, you do know you’re beautiful and you can conquer the world if you wanted to.”

What if we believed in ourselves? What if we allowed ourselves to apply lipstick, look in the mirror and go “Dang, I am incredibly gorgeous.” What if we could feel good without feeling guilty? What if we romanticized self love instead of condemned it?

Lipstick is not a cure all, but it’s a reminder of what we already have. A smile, a smirk, a voice.

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