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I feel uncomfortable wearing blood-red lipstick even though I normally love trying lipsticks in different shades of color.
To tell the truth, I have only worn it 3 times in my life so far, and I can immediately recall when the three situations have happened to me.
Situation A) Shichi-Go-San – a Japanese traditional festival for 3-year-old boys and girls, 5-year-old boys and 7-year-old girls
: I had this day in kimono for my 7 years old celebration with my family, and we went out for dinner. However, I kind of rebelled against something about red lipstick I wore, kept crying, and got to fall asleep at dinner at last.
Situation B) Seijin-Shiki – a Japanese traditional coming-of-age festival for people who turn 20
: For the celebration of my coming-of-age, I was really happy with wearing a vintage kimono that I have taken over from my mother, but not with red lipstick. When I was at a hair salon to set up my hairdo, a hair-stylist tried to convince me that I really should put red lipstick paying attention to the color combination of my kimono, and I actually put the red on my lip. However, I felt awkward after and eventually rubbed it with tissue paper. Also, I noticed I got a fever at night when the celebration finished.
Situation C) Club activity in my high school days
: I used to be dedicated in English drama, one of the club activities in my high school. When the members in the activities got to have a play of “Rent” (the Off-Broadway production closed at New World Stages on September 9, 2012), I played the role of Maureen. I had to wear red lipstick in the play to represent Maureen’s taste. I managed to get over the situation as playing the role of Maureen was my dream at that time.
I frequently meet women who wear red lipstick on the street among my current life in New York although I wrote about some experience I have had in Japan above.
Also, when it comes to the promotional and advertising tools, we can never avoid seeing someone in red lipstick on photography if the production plans to convey the image of something visible about women. On the other hand, everything in the fashion field is fast-paced and ever-changing, and many comsumers try to follow the trend for sure. However, it seems like cosmetics that can be essential tools for the fashion field does not really change staying a bit old-fashioned.
I still doubt something about red lipstick. Can every woman really discover thier inner sexuality from a blood-red lipstick so easily? (I do not hope so.) I simply want to know which part of red lipstick makes people justified to purchase. And on top of that, I am a little terrified by my prediction that many people in the world might believe red lipstick is the best to express the sense of femininity… So, overall, I have realized an existing fact is hidden behind the red lipstick; It is spoken as a symbol of femininity and sexuality all over the world.
I can neither agree with the established image nor fit myself into it.
In the meantime, I still keep exploring lipsticks that are great for a different kind of styles, would brighten up and beautifully define facial expression, regardless of fashion trends.
I would highly recommend this product;
Christian Dior Lipsticks- “Rouge Dior” #298 BEIGE INDECISE (formerly called “BEIGE RITA”)
It is a nudy beige lipstick and really looks a mat color, but you can experience a subtle smokey pink that pulls out your natural lip color when applying this.
More info below: http://www.dior.com/beauty/usa/en/makeup/lips/lipsticks/rouge-dior/y0027560/py0027560-clipsticks.html
*About the package: the color of lipstick as shown is not #298 BEIGE INDECISE