I Wuv Wipick

I LOVE lipstick. It’s the best. I have a lot in all the colours of the rainbow (except green and yellow- gross) and could keep on buying them forever.

When I was little I used to watch my mother put on makeup at her dressing table. It was all  wells glam. It was the 80’s so she had very big hair and long red talons (sometimes she would wear stick on, metallic gold nails. Yes, my mum is that cool) and was usually wearing something shoulder padded. She had liquid eyeliner that was in a metallic red “pen” and had a felt tip applicator (I tried to draw with it once and got told off) and if she was really going for it she’d slick on some lush, velvety red lipstick to finish the whole thing off. One of them was a deep red from Chanel and there was a more pink toned, Revlon one which was either called Cherries in The Snow or something to do with a dragon (Dragon’s Blood? Is that a bit much for Revlon?) and she had the matching nail polish. Obv.

The lipstick was always the best part to watch- COLOURS! For me, a chubby 3/4yr old lolling about on the bed in my pants, it seemed like witchcraft! How do you do that?! You’re just colouring in your face with crayons and felt tips and you’ve managed to make yourself look like the women in those shiny picture books you buy and not gone out the lines- good work! Can I have a go?? (Of course I actually knew the word for magazine! Please. Apparently I was speaking in full sentences at a freakishly early age and the only word I couldn’t pronounce was lipstick. I would say “wipick”- OH THE IRONY!) Also, my mum actually hardly wore any make up because she was stunning and had and STILL HAS the most amazing skin so the lipstick was the boldest thing she’d apply. And blusher. T’was the 80s after all.

Fast forward a few years and I was at the makeup wearing age. Of course I was still too young to be whacking out Cherries In The Snow. I think if I had tried I would have looked like I’d used an actual Crayola. I was more of a ‘one shade of grey and lashings of eye liner smoky eye’ kind of gal. I used to wear glasses and had braces so I thought my eyes needed decorating to make me look less like a MASSIVE DWEEBUS. Oh and I also had acne so needed to plaster foundation on with a trowel to have any hope of covering the ugly, angry redness that was my face (not my best years) so can you imagine what lipstick would have looked like on top of that monstrosity?! {Shudders} plus I went to school in the film Mean Girls so, no doubt there would have been whole lot of 3 way calling going on behind my back calling me a demented clown hooker.

Since entering the world of the 20 something I have rekindled my love of those waxy bullets of joy and now may be considered a bit of an addict. If I’m going out, a hit of red, pink, purple and sometimes even dusty rose will usually finish off my look. My all time fave, super cheap, go to red is ‘Showbiz’ by 17, weirdly bought for me by my friend Joe because I got to his house in Essex for a fancy dress party having left my own Chanel at home and threw fit because my costume wouldn’t be complete without it (slutty nurse) so he went out and bought me the first red lipstick he could find. Mental. Also a big fan of MAC ‘So Chaud’ a very matte orangey-red that I once borrowed off my friend Anne and immediately went and copied.  Revlon do a great pinky-red (sadly not Cherries In The Snow. Can’t remember the name, soz) and basically I’m just going to end up sitting here and naming every single lipstick I own because I LOVE THEM ALL!



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