Blue Lipcolor at the Office Tips

Like many of you, I love lipstick. I wear it every day and obsess over it, I read blogs and check reviews and compare swatches like it’s my actual full-time job. Red, pink, nude, orange? YES, give it to me, here is my money.

I love the more unusual colors, too—the violent purples, the dried-blood reds, the evil blue-blacks, the deep, velvety forest greens. But I usually just put them on at home and make faces at myself in the mirror. I almost never wear them in public. There’s just something about extreme colors that makes me feel insecure, like wearing them out during the day is going to be work, and I want my lipstick to be fun.

Deciding it was time to conquer my fear, I asked Beautylish to send me the “scariest” colors they had in stock. I was going to wear each one for a full day, in public, casually.

The package arrived. I tore it open. Omigod. These were seriously intimidating shades. I was about to get a lot bolder with my daily look. I applied OCC’s Lip Primer  then carefully painted on my chosen “scary daywear” color and swanned out of the house, hoping I would forget I was wearing it.

Black. Black lipstick. I started my experiment with Tarred, thinking that no color would be harder to wear during the daytime, so I might as well get it over with. I was feeling pretty good with my all-black, very drapey outfit to match when I got on my morning commute bus, tried to swipe my pass, and discovered I didn’t have enough money on it. Guys, I am proud to say that the driver glanced at my face, took in my black lips, and let me on the bus with a wave (That never happens). I like to think I scared him with my goth vibes.

People at work gave me strange looks. An intern said she “loved my whole look.” An employee at Chipotle emphatically showed me where the napkins were without me asking, and several strangers told me they liked my lipstick. And…that was it! I’ve been too afraid to wear “scary” lipcolors for years for exactly what reason? No one cared!