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I Wore 12 Days of Bold Lipstick Shades Because I'm Afraid of Lipstick

Lipstick Challenge
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When it comes to makeup, I'm a very simple girl. My beauty routine in the morning consists of concealer — for those genetic and perpetual under-eye bags (thanks, Dad) — a little bit of bronzing powder to give my pale Winter skin some life, and a swipe of mascara (see above left photo — yes, I have makeup on there). On my way out the door, the only thought I give to my lips — my always-dry lips — is that I should hit them with some chapstick. Never lipstick.

I had a conversation about my "fear" of lipstick — the bold colors, awkward smudging, getting weird looks from the general public because my teeth are red — with our beauty editors, and I could see the glimmer of excitement in their eyes almost immediately. At their first chance, they presented me with a lipstick challenge to attempt to make me a convert, and the rest is history.

Because Valentine's Day is coming up, I want to look and feel great on a date more than ever. I decided that this holiday should be the occasion for broadening my lipstick horizons, so it was then that my challenge from the beauty team was born: wear 12 different bold (for me) lipstick shades in 12 days and report back on my general findings.

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