My Lipstick Story

I only started wearing and exploring lipsticks about a year and a half ago, when I was employed by a company in the health and beauty industry.

When I say lipstick, I meant, those in-your-face ones that don’t get people confused if it’s really lipstick or just a tinted lip balm.

I remember that two of the first lipsticks I bought were Ever Bilena’s matte lipsticks, Mirrored Mocha and Mauvey. Both are MLBB-type lipsticks and I only wore them during management meetings where everyone else looked professionally dolled up.

My lipstick adventure progressed when one time, while preparing for a presentation, one of my project team members told me, ‘Ms. Rae! Naglipstick ka pa, di naman halata!’ She then handed me an opaque red L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick. Too bad I can’t remember the shade so I could give credit to the lipstick that changed my makeup-wearing life.

At that time, since I’m not really a lipstick wearer, red was too much of a color for me. Also, I used to have an unfounded belief that red lipstick won’t ever work on me even if I haven’t tried it yet.

BUT. I was on a “challenge accepted!”-mode so I braved swiping the bullet on my lips. When I held the mirror to check my face, I was surprised that I looked good in it.

That gave rise to me being known at work as someone who loves strong-colored lip color. Now, it’s like the safe-color-lipstick-wearing Rae never existed.

I’m not proud to admit that the reason why I didn’t wear lipstick before wasn’t just because of practical reasons. Partly, it was. But mostly, it’s because I didn’t think my lips were suited for color.

Most lipstick swatches are on lips that are plump and luscious. The upper lip always has a sharp and defined bow. My lips are far from plump and luscious, and my upper lip is only slightly dented. I assumed that my lips are just not meant for lipstick. I know, my logic-formulation skills can be unreliable sometimes.

Seeing that red lipstick on me somehow reinforced my self-love.

MAC  Ruby Woo Swatch

Swiping my first ever red lipstick was like broadening my horizon. I felt like I was able to do something that I initially thought I can’t or won’t ever do.

It was not that the lipstick was the source of my confidence. It was realizing that there’s enough confidence in me to be able handle walking around with red lipstick on and not be bothered by people who believe that only fair-skinned girls should wear red lipstick — or not to care when people say in a somewhat teasing way, “Ikaw na ang naka-red lipstick!!!”.

Wearing red is very gutsy. Maybe, if I had the guts to wear such attention-grabbing color, I might just have the guts to do everything else I thought I can’t do.

P.S. I was inspired to write this post because of a youtube video by Chescalocs. I can relate to her story so much that I got somewhat teary-eyed.

P.P.S. The lipstick I’m wearing in the photo is MAC Ruby Woo.

P.P.P.S. I didn’t mean just red lipstick, it could be any other bold color, or makeup item, or literally anything we don’t attempt to try just because of an opinion we have of ourselves. We are our own prison. Let’s free ourselves.

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25 thoughts on “My Lipstick Story

    • I agree. I was shocked the first time I swiped it on. I expected it to be bluer and deeper. It’s not my favorite red but it’s great for night events. :)

  1. I really like the color on you Rae! I do wear bright lipsticks but I’m more comfortable wearing nudes and sheer lipsticks, I get more compliments when I wear bright ones though. I wear them still from time to time.

  2. I had the same story too. I thought wearing a vibrant red shade would make the flaws on my face more noticeable. Good thing I had the courage to try it still and now I have a wide selection of red lipsticks as well as other bold colors. And MAC Ruby Woo is LOVE! <3 You look gorgeous in it!

  3. That color looks great on you! I love red lipstick too, but only wear it on special occasions. Could you recommend cheaper brands that have bold red shades too? I’m so kuripot I don’t want to spend big bucks on MAC stuff. Also, I’m not much of a makeup girl.

    • What finish do you like? Maybelline Color Sensational in Red Revival is good, it’s currently on sale and you can get it for Php 297 only but it’s not matte.

      BYS has a lot of matte reds, each bullet costs Php 299

      Too bad wet n wild is no longer available, they have a good number of red variants you can experiment on.

      • Hmmm. I don’t know, I have yellow undertone which people think is warm. But I don’t look good in orangey or warm reds. I look better in blue-based reds like the one from maybelline :) I actually like it more than the lipstick I’m wearing above.

  4. “It was not that the lipstick was the source of my confidence. It was realizing that there’s enough confidence in me to be able handle walking around with red lipstick on…” Agreed! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on MAC’s Ruby Woo. I saw it on a girl once and I asked her what lipstick she was wearing. I don’t think it could look bad on ANYONE. How long lasting and moisturizing is it?

    • MAC Ruby Woo is among mac’s retro matte lipsticks — the matte-est of them all :D

      I think it might be drying to many people but I don’t find it drying on me. It can make my lips feel dry but after removing it at the end of the day, my actual lips are not. I’m very used to matte formulas so I am comfortable with that. For reference, I don’t have dry lips :)

      It is very long-lasting. It can last through a moderately greasy lunch :D

      • Thanks for the very informative response Rae. I want to do some comparisons before I acquire another red lipstick. Playing with other colors until then. Something else that takes guts: wacky colored lipsticks like purples and greens. Lol.

      • Me too, I was thinking of getting a brick red lipstick but I realized I don’t have a purple one yet. I want to try Riri Boy but it’s always out of stock.

  5. i find this post very inspiring sis. i want too share din tuloy my lipstick story. i ppeg ko na sya for future post haha. its quite similar, red lipstick was also one of the turning points of me liking bold colors as well.

    love what you said here : It was not that the lipstick was the source of my confidence. It was realizing that there’s enough confidence in me to be able handle walking around with red lipstick on and not be bothered by people who believe that only fair-skinned girls should wear red lipstick — or not to care when people say in a somewhat teasing way, “Ikaw na ang naka-red lipstick!!!”.

  6. this is a good read sis!I just recently bought 3 lipsticks from maybelline as I am trying to step out of my comfort zone in terms of lip color (i always wear light pink and i am not comfortable wearing red because of my skin color ). but then purchasing those new lippies made me more confident to try other colors! bakit ba late na ako natuwa sa kanila haha!

    • Good choice. I think maybelline is good for experimenting which colors will look good on you. It’s not very expensive but the quality is there.

      I saw your maybelline post and I’m excited to see how Fuchsia Fever looks on you :D

    • It feels dry when it’s on and you’ll feel like drought came upon your lips. Pero when I remove it, parang same pa rin naman yung lips ko.

      Oh, btw, if you’re going to check out Inglot’s matte lipstick, very similar sya sa MAC retro matte.

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