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A Beautiful Ritual

November 08, 2018 2 Comments

Lucille Ball Reapplying lipstick at the dinner table. A beautiful ritual!

For years, I watched my mother and her friends put lipstick on while they were still at the dinner table. I was too young to wear lipstick but old enough to wish I could. It felt like it was a club I couldn’t wait to be a part of.

Between the appetizer and the main course, and again at the end of the meal, they would subtly open their evening bags, take out beautiful compacts, and discreetly look in their mirrors to reapply their lipstick and dab a little powder on their noses.

The act of adjusting their makeup was done without fanfare; their manner was simple and their gestures very feminine.

Times have changed. Lipsticks are long-lasting and women are more casual than ever before, but lipstick is still an important part of looking good and RED lipstick continues to be the height of elegance. There is something magical about red!

Wearing Red Lips

Go red instead of brown. It’s not about the strength or the intensity of the color, but about the color red and how it brightens your face.

Red lips are a statement; you are saying here I am.

Even with long-lasting lip colors, red wears off and can fade, leaving merely an outline on your lips. I’ve tried many different ways to solve this. This is what I’ve found works best: 

  • Do not moisturize your lips before applying lipstick. The dryer your lips, the better. (Chapped lips should be moisturized overnight.)
  • Outline your lips with a lip pencil similar in color to the lipstick and use the pencil to lightly cover your lips.
  • Put a layer of red lipstick on with a lipstick brush and blot it with a tissue.
  • Use your finger to blend it in well and blot again.
  • Repeat the last two steps two or more times. The objective is to create a stain on your lips.
  • Add a final coat of lipstick and blot it with a tissue.

When the red lipstick wears off, the stain on your lips will keep them looking red, but you do have to reapply the lipstick.

Wearing red lipstick is a commitment, but the look you get is well worth the extra work. 


What about you?

Do you have memories of not being able to wait to be old enough to emulate somebody?

Do you have any tricks to keeping your red lips red?

Do you wear red lips?

Let me know. Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear! Merci.


* Image - Lucille Ball reapplying lipstick

2 Responses

Cary Galbraith
Cary Galbraith

November 12, 2018

Hi Adeline,
Many years ago when we were neighbors on Davenport, I would sit at my mothers mirror and play with all her makeup, especially her blue eye shadow (my sisters would frown and roll their eyes when I emerged). I would love to wear red lips now but deep creases in my upper lip cause the red to run uphill, yuck! I also have very thin lips, double yuck! Maybe a good lip pencil would help but do I dare ?
Thanks for you blog!

Maureen Bergan
Maureen Bergan

November 09, 2018

Hi Adeline , I love your blog!! And I would love to wear red lipstick! Not sure my coloring will work with redir I’m not that courageous ! Keep on writing !!!

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