You know how they say no matter what you do to avoid it, you’ll end up turning into your parents? Well, I just turned 24 and I find myself doing the one thing my mom always did that I swore I’d never adopt: wearing hot pink lipstick.
As I’ve written before, my mom likes bright colors and I don’t. But some sort of weird shift has suddenly occurred in me that I can only attribute to either an alien abduction, or growing up. I’ve gone from hating lipstick to feeling naked and boring without a splash of color on my lips. I’m excited about pretty much every shade at this point (it’s a whole new world for me), but I’m really, really obsessing over hot pink.
Hot pink reminds me of so many of my favorite things, but most of all, it makes me think of Barbie. I was totally Barbie-addicted growing up. One time my parents even took me to the Barbie store in FAO Schwartz San Diego (which I think may no longer exist? Has anyone been?), and the amount of pink just about stopped my tiny child heart. Thanks to Barbie, I became the ultimate pink girl, and everything I owned had to be some shade of rosy goodness.
I did hit that awkward pre-teen time in my life, but I always circled back to my one true favorite, pink.
These days, I’m all about the pink all the time. I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect ballet-pink sheet set (help me, Internet people!), and my hair is very often some shade of pink. Plus, to my absolute delight, Barbie has suddenly become a huge fashion trend! Between a special collection at Forever21, the ultra-amazing Moschino SS15 runway show, and an incredibly cute Wildfox collection on the way, I really feel like a Barbie girl in a Barbie world.
I’ve amassed a huge number of pink lipsticks in a very short time, and making decisions has become so hard that I have a bit of a schedule going. Here’s what my lip timetable looks like:
Morning: Fresh Sugar Tulip Lip Treatment
I like to start out nice and light in the morning with something semi-sheer and moisturizing, so Fresh’s Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment is my go-to. With built-in SPF 15, vitamins, real sugar and black currant oil for plumping, this raspberry shade provides nutrients and protects my lips, plus it smells like lemon cake!
Afternoon: Inglot Lipstick in #194
When it’s time to graduate to something a little more pigmented later in the day, I turn to Inglot’s Lipstick 194, a moisturizing blue-based pink with a hint of shine. Lightweight and semi-sheer, this lippie is formulated with vitamin E and apricot kernel oil, and it smells an awful lot like fruity Lip Smackers (yum).
Late Afternoon: Black Label Lipstick in Hot Pink
Do I need a late afternoon color? Is late afternoon even a separate time? Isn’t it just the time between lunch and dinner? The answer to all of the above is no, but obsession defies logic, so here I am trying to fit a lipstick into an imaginary time frame. NYX makes wonderful cruelty-free lipstick at a great price point, and this creamy luxe Black Label formula in Hot Pink makes me feel like a million bucks, even if it only cost $8. It’s the perfect shade when you need an afternoon pick-me-up, and it’s a lot more pigmented than the semi-sheer Inglot formula.
Evening: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in La Diva, No. 44
I like to get all dolled up at night, even if I’m just cooking something special at home and dreaming about Ken, so it’s fitting that my favorite evening lipstick is also my most luxurious. Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in La Diva (No. 44) is what I would call the perfect elegant pink lipstick. A violet-based fuschia hot pink, La Diva’s texture is a totally dreamy non-drying velvet matte, and applying it instantly makes me feel glamorous.
Late-Night: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage
Late night snacks and makeouts call for a lipstick with exceptional pigment and stay power, and NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage definitely fits the bill. An intense true bright pink that Barbie herself would admire, Carthage provides the perfect hit of neon color for late night adventures, and no amount of hookups or French fries and ice cream cones will budge its matte finish.
OMG hot pink lipstick! Share all your faves with me RIGHT now!