Black Girl, Blue Lipstick

March 15, 2013  |  

Until recently, I’ve never been a huge fan of lipstick. In fact, I had a bit of an aversion to it because I’d seen too many women caught with red streaks on their teeth. To me it seemed more messy than glamorous. I did own some though. I bought my first tube, a light pink shade, to match my senior prom dress. I wore it that night and threw it down into my modest makeup collection, not to pick it up for years to come.  Still, that didn’t stop my mother from putting tubes of lipstick in my stocking during Christmas time. I’d take them with me back to college and eventually to my first apartment; but when it was time for me to apply makeup, I always reached for the lipgloss–maybe one with glitter if I was feeling snazzy.

I can’t exactly say when I thought about wearing lipstick but I’m sure it had something to do with the resurfacing of the bold, red lip black women were starting to wear again. I had yet to see a woman look bad with their red pouts, so I dug through my makeup bag and found the red my mom had gotten me a couple of Christmases ago. Though it took some time for me to adjust to the color I forced myself to wear it out of the house. From there I was addicted. I was trying all types of colors.

At a career fair years ago, I heard the speaker, journalist and writer Danyel Smith, talk about a really talented, prospective employee who, after Danyel told her to be herself, came in wearing blue lipstick. At the time I remember thinking it was a bit too much. But as the time progressed and I’d tried a variety of other colors, blue seemed like the next logical step.

But whenever I went to MAC or Sephora, they didn’t have anything to help me. I had been thinking about adding blue to my lipstick collection for years. I finally got serious about my quest about three weeks ago. This time when I googled “blue lipstick, ” I found Ka’oir Cosmetics.

Once I landed on the homepage, I knew this was going to be it. There was such a wide selection of colors and it wasn’t long before I found my blues. There was a sea blue color and then I found it. Teyana Taylor was wearing a gorgeous slightly navy, blue color called “Harlem Knight.” Even though I’d never heard of the brand before. I had to buy it. Before I submitted my credit card information, I prayed that the lipstick wouldn’t burn my lips and my $19.99 wouldn’t be completely wasted. I did find solace in the fact that the website showed “celebrities” Teyana Taylor and Snooki wearing Ka’Oir’s products.

When the package arrived at my office, I had to restrain myself from rushing to the bathroom and applying it. Instead, I waited until the next day and applied it when I was sitting at home on the couch, my hair in my staple, silk bonnet. The lipstick went on soft and didn’t flake up or get stuck in the creases on my lips. I loved it.

And when I wore it in public, with real clothes on and my hair out and done, it loved it even more. It was different and funky, fresh. Just my style. So if you’re trying to step outside of the box with a new lip color, hit up Ka’Oir Cosmetics. They might have something for you.

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