Shape USA - October 2020
English | 102 pages | PDF
My love affair with red lips actually started with the color pink, from a lipstick that belonged to my mother. The hue was an ultrasaturated cross between bubble gum and magenta, the brand was Princess Marcella Borghese, and it came in an expensive-looking gold twisty tube (look it up on Pinterest if you’re so inclined). It had a perfumy, grown-up scent, and when I applied it for the first time, I knew I’d found my makeup match. For some people, bold lip color just works, and I’m one of them. But I needed my own lipstick identity. Plus, mom wasn’t willing to share. So I moved on to a Revlon red called Fire & Ice. From there, I’ve experimented with endless shades, brands, and formulas, from liners and glosses to long-lasting, crayon-like textures so stubborn that I needed to scrub them off with a washcloth and soap (I’m looking at you, Patricia Field). Sure, I did—and still do—take detours, going with a neutral brownish-pink for a while, or loving done-up eyes and no lip color at all (which is more practical lately since if I’m outside my house, my mouth is concealed behind a mask). But when I need to feel pretty and put together, I always reach for red.