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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Little Color Wouldn't Hurt


Having lived successfully through a turbulent childhood, the 80s/90s/and yesterday, a motorcycle “club” (never say “gang”), and motherhood, I can safely say that I am not an addictive personality.

You’ll have to take my word for it.

That said, however, I’m going to have to take a long lunch today and run to Target. I may not be back as soon as you think I should, but please don’t worry. You’ll have to trust me on this. Something’s come up, something you don’t know about me, and something that I cannot hide from you for too much longer.

Maybe I should just tell you now.

You see, I’ve forgotten my lipstick.

Go ahead. Scoff. Shoot, if it wasn’t me, I’d be scoffing with you! But it is me, and I feel my pain.

Shhhhhh. Listen. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of my lips chapping.

My mother was a lipstick kind of gal. Not in a gaudy way – never! That would not do. But a quick trip to the grocery store? “Just a little color…” she’d mutter while applying her lipstick, trailing off as she peered earnestly into the mirror. A brush through the hair, a “little color” and she was gone, looking good and getting it done.

One got the feeling, watching her, that that “little color” was done not for her but for others.

Me?

Hardly!

While it is true that I have a healthy ego (actually masking the fear that everyone else is attending some fabulous party that I’ve not been invited to for reasons known only to them) and often feel that people are looking at me in silent judgment, the lipstick is not necessarily to add a dash of color for others on this bleak and humidity-wrapped April day.

I apply lipstick, all day, several times a day, because I like it.

I’m used to it.

I’m just used to it! OK? That’s all! OK? I’m just used to it! I like it! I mean, I could stop but it doesn’t affect my life or anything! It’s not like I’m leaving work just to –

Oooooh.

52 comments:

Shelly said...

Lipstick and earrings are two things I never go without. I hear ya~

Simply Suthern said...

We all have our issues.

I used to be addicted to soap but I am clean now.

Cheryl said...

Your stories are terrific! I can see that you DON'T have an addictive personality. That is quite clear.
I appreciate women that remember to put on lipstick, or mascara, or blush...whatever. I think that shows some participation in trying to be attractive and/or presentable. I don't think it matters who it is for...themselves or the people that look at them. I can't get on board with the people that look like they have come out of their hole after hibernation and their clothes look like they have barely survived the winter.

I use a lip stain in the morning so I never have to reapply during the day but the big thing with me is a little blush from time to time. I do mean little as I perfer not to look clownish...but I am the color of a white dinner plate. Truly people get us confused.

Vicus Scurra said...

I do not use lipstick.
That is all.

Shelly said...

And hey- what about your motorcycle club (not gang)?

CarrieBoo said...

Now lip balm I could understand. I never really understand lipstick as aren't our lips already a colour?

Symdaddy said...

I get where you're coming from Perlchen!

A day without the taste of'lippy' just isn't a good day.

Trouble is that every time I get a taste, some woman slaps my face.

L-Kat said...

I don't blame you! I can't leave the house without my lip gloss, and when I forget it, I have a mini anxiety attack - it's ALL I can think of. You take your lunch break at Target buying new lipstick, Pearl!

Pearl said...

There are indeed stories about the motorcycle club. :-) I may have to write a couple of them...

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Scurra is fibbing about not using lipstick... just sayin'...
Sx

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Eyeliner, I cannot live without my eyeliner. I start to hyperventilate when I cannot find it.

A friend of mine had her eybrows, eyelid and lips tatooed because (she said)she was allergic to makeup. I am sure it had nothing to do with her ego either. BTW, I got the phone number of her doctor, you know, just in case.

Ach du lieber said...

Chapstick. It should have a warning label.

Joyful Things said...

I am not an addictive personality either but I cannot be more than 12 feet away from my Burt's Bees - just thinking about it makes my lips shrivel, wither up and dry out!

vanilla said...

"I feel my pain." A woman of integrity, and looking good, too, with just a "touch of color."
Good for you.

JeannetteLS said...

I take your word for NOTHING, Missy. Don't you just hate being called Missy? Me, too.

Your mother and mine, with the lipstick thing. Me? I avoid lipstick. I have no vanity. well. Except for the 37 tubs and pump containers of anti-aging products to make my skin feel not sixty.

And there ain't NO ONE here to touch my face but me, and I really don't get out that much.

ANyway, I have been off-line most of this month.

Your mind frightens me, which is why I always come back.

Friko said...

May day? And you say you're grown up?

Lippy? Of course you must apply lippy. I have to because without I look totally washed out.

mrwriteon said...

Growing up when I did I still cherish lipstick on a woman. My first wife never went without. When I was in my teens lipstick on the collar left by someone 'special' was a souvenir to be cherished and I hated having to launder the shirt.

Susan in the Boonies said...

We all do what we must to make our little way though this world.

I do facebook.

#dontjudgeme

jenny_o said...

My vice is gum. Not lipstick, not lip balm, not makeup of any kind.

I'm sorry. I feel I've let down the sisterhood.

BTW, the men's comments are more hilarious than usual :)

SparkleFarkle said...

Hm. Trying to think of something I'm "don't leave home without it" about. Underwear probably doesn't count, does it? How 'bout clean underwear? Oh, I know! My Sharpie®! You never know when someone's going to ask for an autograph.

Daisy said...

I'm at that age where I'm more concerned about forgetting my teeth than my lipstick!

Craver Vii said...

Blink. Blink. (awkward silence)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Lipstick and under eye concealer-- I don't EVER leave home without 'em.

And I totally get the lip chapping....

happy shopping, Pearl.

xo jj

Sioux said...

I did not wear lipstick at all until I was in my 40's. (I apologize to the rest of the world.) Now, I have such trouble picking out a color that looks good on me. I spend an hour or so looking at the 1,498 different colors. (Once, I had one tube but thought I would get a different color to change things up...I looked and looked, found a color that I thought would work, only to get home and discover I had the same color as the other lipstick. Egads!)

bazza said...

Hi. Did you know in ancient Rome prostitutes used lipstick to make their lips look like their (other) labia? And in ancient Egypt they were often poisoned by the ingredients of lipstick (hence'the kiss of death'!)
Blimey who'da thunk it?
Click here for Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

Jono said...

Yeah, I'm sure you can quit anytime. That WAS a terrific party! Oh, I wasn't supposed to mention that, was I? Sorry! Your lips look fabulous, by the way!

esbboston said...

I think I know someone who might need a Wintervention.

Glen said...

We men appreciate it :-)

Gigi said...

One word for ya.... Cover Girl Outlast.

Okay....that was THREE words, but still. Put it on in the morning and forget about it.

I only tell you this secret because I too love that "touch of color" but I can't be bothered with re-applying it all damn day.

Buttons said...

Well Sparkle Farkles answer had me laughing just makes sense.
I cannot be without my camera is that an addiction too. It is not near as pretty as lipstick you go girl:) B

Linda O'Connell said...

I too, MUST.HAVE.LIPSTICK. Only one of my addictions. Your blog posts are another.

Austan said...

I don't do lipstick, but I don't leave the house without Lip Medex. It's a necessity! Not an addiction!

Lynn said...

My mama wouldn't have walked to the mailbox without lipstick - I know your kind!!! :)

NotesFromAbroad said...

Let us join hands and hum something together .. we who do not go outside among the public with bare lips. although, as I age, I fear my lips are not going to be my best feature, should I just wear a bit of gloss and go heavy on the eyeliner instead?
No, not the eye liner on my lips, silly ...

Eva Gallant said...

"a little color" is good. I'm notorious for forgetting that. I'm going to work on it. I'm forever forgetting to wear lipstick!

Antares Cryptos said...

Makeup is more natural than injectables.

Amy said...

I never leave the house without mascara on and my lip gloss, chapstick, etc. There are currently 5 different types rolling around in the bottom of my purse. I do it solely for me. Not to brighten anyone else's day but to make myself feel pretty.

HermanTurnip said...

I feel the same way when I'm without my Rubik's Cubes...

Ms Sparrow said...

My mom wore lipstick when she went out too. Only lipstick, however, any other kind of makeup would be trashy. Women who dyed their hair or wore "rouge" were hussies! I get chapped lips from lipstick. I must not be doing it right.

Diane said...

I'm not addicted to your posts. Not at all. I can quit any time. I just don't want to right now . . .

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Now that I've gone "natural"/grey...if I don't put on "a little colour" I look like I'm on my way to the morgue. Definitely not my best look.

Do biker chicks like red, black or white lipsticks? Just wondering.
Rosemary

Crystal Pistol said...

I'm used to it too. My Mexican family has a term for women who go out in public without lipstick/makeup. "Cara de nalga". Cara=Face De=Of Nalga= Butt cheek.

Bottoms are generally all one pasty color... We don't wish our faces to follow suit. Good for you with the lippy sticky. :)

Pat said...

Life without lippy 'aint no life at all.

Shrinky said...

I hear 'ya, and feel your pain (no, I'm not giggling, not really). A girlie has to do what a girlie has to do - good luck!

River said...

Admit it Pearl! You're a colour junkie!

Hannah Denski said...

Ha! Brilliant! I have never been a lipstick girl until recently discovering Bobbi Brown! And now I can't stop! (not addictive persona, at all either) ;)

the walking man said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha...I feel the same way about my black leather vest, just naked in public without it.

Tom G. said...

I cannot wait to hear the stories about the motorcycle club! Please write them soon!

TexWisGirl said...

you're just too cute. i gave up ALL make-up years ago - including the last to go (blush and lipstick). but i'm addicted to chapstickish products. :)

Laurel's Quill said...

women NEED lipstick, I don't care what they say. The ones who say 'I am natural' and look like a whitewashed fence on a foggy day are the ones who need it most. Come on, lady, the barn needs some paint!!!

NellieVaughn said...

I feel naked without my lipstick, and I look awful if I don't wear any.

Tempo said...

Dont feel too bad Pearl, One morning we realized one of our steel workers at the Foundry had turned up for work in his bedroom slippers..he had to go home and change.
Laugh...we almost did!