This weekend, at 8.30 on Sunday morning whilst lounging amongst pillows and cushions and duvets galore, I was convinced by 3 very persuasive ladies to try red lipstick for the first time in my life.

They simply wouldn’t take no for an answer-my protestations of ‘my teeth aren’t white enough’ and concerns that my bottom lip was too full for my top fell on deaf ears. And so, with a face full of Bare Minerals make-up and Shu  Uemera-d eyelashes (did I mention it was 8.30am? On a Sunday? That’s just how I roll…) I slicked on the wonder that is Illamasqua’s ‘Lipstick’.

And it was gooooooood. Like, really good.

I didn’t think I was ‘that girl’. Who is ‘that girl’ anyway?! And why am I so worried about being her? Or being like her?  Though it’s an airy, inconsequential metaphor-the lipstick is exactly that. It’s being brave enough to take a leap, it’s trusting in those closest to you that all will be well-and if it’s not, they’ll be there to catch you (or to not laugh when the lipstick doesn’t quite work out) and it’s they joy you feel when you pull off that successful landing.

So today, I say sod the Fear. Whether it’s a change in lipstick, or an unfamiliar route to work, or deciding whether or not go for the church service or the clifftop Humanist blessing. Sod it. Be brave, trust yourself and those around you and relish the joy. And if it doesn’t work out, try ‘Hot Pink’ instead…

Categories: Body Image, Life Experience
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  1. Posted April 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    yay for red lips!

  2. Posted April 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    So good. And I have the photographic EVIDENCE lady! x

  3. Anna K
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Despite your alleged trout pout bottom lip, you looked like a 40s movie star. Now you have to do that for Phil EVERY Sunday!

    For all readers who want a bit of that…try Illamasqua lipstick in Box.

  4. Posted April 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Yes for red! I wish I'd realised that before the wedding!

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