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The Red Lipstick Challenge // Participate!

One of my New Years Resolutions is to wear red lipstick every so often.  I'm honestly so intimidated to wear red lipstick.  I think, in my head it is much more dominant on my face than it actually is, aka I am actually a shy person in public and don't like to draw too much attention to myself when I am out and about.  And for some reason, wearing lipstick just makes me feel like I am drawing too much attention to myself.  Perhaps it's because I get to hide behind glasses everyday, using them as my safety blanket.  I feel as though my eye makeup isn't very dominant on my face when hidden behind my glasses so I'm not drawing too much attention to myself.  When I wear red lipstick, I can't really hide my lips behind anything like I can my eyes.
All of that being said, the challenge to wear red lipstick every so often is less about vanity and more about confidence building.  There are many aspects of my life in which I am very confident, in my business and artistic endeavors, for example, in my desire to be kind, in wisdom, in thoughtfulness, in my strong will.  But just like any other human being, I still have my insecurities.  My glasses are definitely a safety blanket for me.  And having had severe acne for almost 10 years, I came to feel safe from judgement of my face by hiding behind my glasses.  I have avoided drawing much attention to my face for years and years, though it has been about a year and a half since my acne finally subsided and my face finally felt clear and free.
For those of you who have battled acne, who have acne scars or really anything on your face that you feel ashamed of or judged because of, I understand.  The scars that I do have left on my face are not a big deal to me anymore, thank goodness.  But I do have emotional scars that make me feel so naked and nervous, jittery and intimidated when I draw any attention to my face, be it wearing lipstick or wearing contacts instead of glasses.  In reality, I know that it really isn't a big deal at all to wear lipstick or to take off my glasses.  But my whole life I have always had this strange sensation of feeling like people can see into my mind and my heart, my spirit, my essence, by keeping close eye contact with me (I've mentioned this before as something strange I always felt, being someone with really light colored eyes.  My eyes sometime feel like thin transparent sheets that reveal my inner thoughts.  Anyone else with light blue or green eyes had this strange sensation?).  And with years of battling acne, I have felt like my face just looks dirty and gross and gave off the false appearance of looking like I don't try to take care of myself, even though I do.  So I would avoid eye contact, would tilt my head down when I walked, I just wouldn't hold my confidence in my face but would hide it away for many years when I was younger.  I'm much better at holding my confidence in my face now, but I still see challenges I need to face, like being ok with drawing attention to my face.
This year, I am pursuing wearing my confidence in my actions, in my words, in my thoughts, and most importantly (because it is such a challenge for me) in and on my face.  I will wear red lipstick as a visual reminder that having attention drawn to my face is not bad.  I should not be afraid or ashamed of my face.  I should not feel nervous when attention is on me.  I am free from acne, but my beauty is no different when I do have acne and when I don't.  My truest beauty is found in my confidence and how I let the world see the confidence in me.  Lipstick, you will be my reminder of confidence.  Let's do this :)

Coat // My great-grandmother's faux fur coat
Denim Dress // thrifted
Faux Leather Leggings // Asos
Wool Socks // A Christmas Gift
Boots // c/o Wanted Shoes


Would you like to join me in my challenge to wear red lipstick?  It's all about gaining confidence in presenting yourself to the world, full of healthy pride with a nice red lipped smile on your face :)  For me, 2012 is all about reaching new fronts in my in my goals, in my dreams, in relationships, in my health, every aspect of life, and doing it all with confidence built up inside of me and revealed on the outside.  The red lipstick is a marker of that outward expression of confidence.  Feel free to add the button below to your blog to join in my campaign to wear your confidence!



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46 comments:

  1. adding this to my blog right now! : )
    i want to wear more lipstick this year, too.

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  2. I LOVE red lipstick! Whenever I wear it, I seriously feel like a million bucks. And you, my dear, look awesome :)

    I also love your coat a lot! <3

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  3. Moorea!!!! This is a great idea! I have the acne/eczema scars and wear the glasses.... But I agree, 2012 is about standing tall and being confident. I will happily add your button to my blog and will definitely be dedicating a post to this when I wear my red lipstick!
    Thanks for being so inspirational!
    Toni xo

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  4. Oh wow, I could have written this myself in regards to the acne. The years I wasted, hearing people ACROSS THE ROAD laughing and automatically assuming those people had seen my acne and were teasing me. Ridiculous.
    Ive got light eyes too- and I do find they give me away. Just been crying? They stay bright green for hours and are bleedingly obvious. People do seem to look into them quite deeply when Im talking too, but maybe im just fascinating. Haha, I dont think so. lol

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  5. Hello lovely,
    Firstly I have 'yonked' your lovely red lips badge, as I am so in! Great resolution & one that I totally want to give a whirl; but does it have to just be read? I have orange, coral, various pinks, STRIKING red etc but find I only feel 'okay' wearing them at night time, on nights out, or going out after 6pm. During the day trusty old vaseline in fear of people thinking I am a certain type of person, or too self assured etc.
    Keep me posted on how you get on oh & just so you know, red looks good on you. x

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  6. great post moorea! I think confidence can make all the difference in the world and I've been trying to wear different things out and about and instead of worrying so much about what everyone thinks, I just try to exude confidence. :)

    I love when people where red lipstick so I can't wait to see this challenge! love it!

    http://thevintagecardigan.blogspot.com

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  7. For what it's worth, I think red lipstick looks absolutely amazing on you. I am going to participate in this challenge! I have some red in my makeup... pile, but haven't been gutsy enough to wear it out, YET.

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  8. You are the most beautiful person I know--inside and out. I love this challenge as I just did the same thing recently. My friend is a makeup artist and coerced me into a smaller lipstick challenge: wear it in public 3 times before giving up. By the 2nd time, I was sold, and I wear it every day. You're totally right--it's not about vanity, but about having confidence. For me it was a way to make myself feel feminine and put together while also feeling confident and sure of myself. It seems so silly to make a big deal like that about lipstick, but you nailed it--it's all about confidence!!! Thank you for this, Moorea!

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  9. sound a great idea :D I think your look pretty with red lips, so don´t be shy!!

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  10. I love this idea! I'm struggling with acne {have been for about five years now} and although I can mostly control it, that doesn't stop either the insults or the insecurity.
    I doubt I'd wear red lipstick to school--a combination of rules and shyness!--but I'd like to start wearing it at weekends.

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  11. I had to buy red lipstick for my Halloween costume last year, so I splurged and got a really nice one by NARS. Changed my whole perspective! It's easy to apply and made me feel really hot instantly.

    This is what I have. I love it because it's matte.
    http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessionid=Y0FQKJPPREUFICV0KQLQQAQ?id=P78834&categoryId=C10476

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  12. Wow - good job! I'm probably not going to join you on this one - I can't even get myself to wear regular lipstick, let alone bright red! Lol. But I give you kudos for going for it!!

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  13. Ooh, I was secretly planning to get myself to wear red lipstick more. Or any lipstick at all more. I'm so pale that a strong colour on my face really accentuates that... and that has always made me quite nervous! I think it's time to pluck up the courage and go bold!

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  14. Your beautiful wisdom always pours out in the form of such lovely posts! You got me motivated... I've always wanted to wear red lipstick outside of a costume. Let's dew eet.

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  15. While I never had acne... I did have very very crooked teeth until I finally got braces when I turned 21. I know I always tried to hide my face and smile because of it. Afraid of what people would think (so silly). I'm much more confident now at soon to be 29.

    I just started wearing red lipstick about twice a month. I absolutely love it!!! But, I never wore it before because I was too nervous. Bringing so much attention to my mouth. It's been so fun. So, I'm riding along the red lipstick challenge with you. :)

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  16. i LOVE this outfit. and the red lips? are stunning on you!

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  17. one of my goals this year was to wear red lipstick! I love wearing it, but I would only wear it if I was going out. I love they way RED lipstick makes me feel ;)

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  18. i love wearing red lipstick, it makes me feel pretty and like a lady!

    i feel you on the acne front. i suffered from cystic acne for years, which i eventually got rid of by taking accutane. it did leave me with scars on my face, which i am really self conscious about - even tho other people don't really notice them.

    i actually just started some laser treatments on my face to see if they can minimize the scarring, so i am hopeful.

    but despite the hard years of having acne and the remaining scars, i am confident in myself.

    anyways, rock those red lip girl!

    brittany

    prettylittlevintage

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  19. Be still my heart! I love red lipstick. I have some acne scars on my face, but for some reason red lipstick gives me confidence. It's like playing a character or something. That sounds silly, but it's true.

    Red lipstick is just the essence of sassy & sexy. I'm with you on this initiative to wear it more often!

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  20. I absolutely love the idea of the red lipstick challenge (and I'm definitely joining in!) I have loads of different red lipsticks that I always buy with the intent to wear out and then I get all nervous about drawing attention to myself.

    Your outfit is beyond stunning!

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  21. Heck yeah I am joining in!!! I'll definitely whip up a post of mine about this sometime this week. <3

    Also, gorgeous lady, you look so dashing with red lipstick on. You should feel proud and BEAUTIFUL!

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  22. I love the meaning behind this button! I feel the same way about wearing red lipstick, like people are noticing me more or I'm drawing attn to myself. This is a great challenge for 2012 :)

    Thanks for the button!

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  23. I challenged myself to wear red lipstick last year and I actually was brave enough to wear it on new years eve. I really love it so I don't know why I don't wear it more often. Maybe I'm still a bit intimidated. I loooove it on you! You look super pretty :) And thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I'm sending you a hug! That would be crazy to do the poster thing on a huge scale! Impressive!

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  24. I love love love this! I'm definitely going to participate. I dare to wear red lipstick. Now I just need to find the perfect one.

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  25. Also you look incredibly beautiful in red lipstick!

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  26. That was one of MY resolutions this year as well! I have personally noticed that people are more open and friendly towards me when I am donning my bright lips! Is that weird or what?

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  27. this was one of my goals in 2011-- and funny thing is, I always get carded but never when I wear red lipstick!! xo, erika

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  28. That is one of my unofficial resolutions for this year. Lately I've been wearing red lipstick whenever I go out. At first I wasn't so comfortable about it (still I'm not) but I think it looks kind of cute, makes me smile and feel good about myself.
    Today I've read about the "red lipstick effect",

    http://ohlundonline.blogspot.com/2008/12/lipstick-effect-is-in-full-swing.html

    when in tough times, just a red lipstick on can make your day! ;-)

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  29. Love this! I started wearing red lip stick back in September and I decided the same thing: I need more confidence! When I left the MAC store with my ruby woo on and walked through the mall I felt so self-conscious because everyone was staring at me. Like seriously...everyone! I'm hoping the more I wear it, the more boosts of confidence I get too.

    P.S. And you look fab with it!

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  30. I'm doing the opposite (I wear red lippy every day and done since my teen years). Today I have pale pink lipstick and I am feeling very self-conscious. Isn't that crazy?

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  31. This time a year ago, I would never have dared to step out of the house with red lipstick for exactly the reasons that you write about here! However, I decided to give it a try last fall and I've certainly gotten more used to the idea. I listed it as one of my accomplishments for 2011, stepping way outside my comfort zone and giving it a try, so I can totally relate to this :)

    star-crossed smile

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  32. Oh no, I can not. It just doesn't go with my face, it looks so artificial somehow! But I can definitely appreciate a good red lipstick on someone else.

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  33. Just added to my blog :) I love red lipstick, but everyone could always use a little more in their life! Not to mention sometimes I do think it is too bold, but confidence is really the key to everything!

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  34. I looove wearing red lipstick. But my problem is finding a bleed/smear-proof one. Do you have any recommendations? I don't wear my current red lipstick often because I like to give my boyfriend kisses, haha. Good luck with your New Year's resolution! I really promote shy girls getting more self-confidence (because I'm shy too)!

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  35. This is my first time leaving a comment and I just knew I had to. This is a really beautiful post and one would never know to look at you that you might have insecurities about your face-because you are stunning. It's a great reminder that we all have our own insecurities and that we can choose to overcome them.

    I have always wanted to be the kind of girl who wears lipstick in general, but especially RED lipstick.I have always been a chapstick kind of gal. I always thought my lips looked huge when I tried it. Perhaps I will bite the bullet and join you on this challenge. Love your blog by the way!

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  36. Thank you so much for this post. I am slowing trying to get courage to wear lipstick. i hate having attention drawn to me so this is huge I always feel like I stand out when I wear it

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  37. I *just* posted about my own red lipstick experiment the other day, and a few people pointed me your direction! I'm thrilled to have discovered your blog, and love your resolution. I had no idea I would love red lipstick so much, and was proud I tried it out (even though I'm normally not a girl who wears a lot of make-up). Anyhow, I love this post, and you are gorgeous. The end.

    :)

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  38. HI, Moorea! I joined the lipstick challenge! I have actually been wearing red lipstick lately anyway. It can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself. I posted about it here - http://www.nearsightedowl.com/2012/01/ootd-cat-necklace.html

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  39. I have just started wearing red lipstick, I never felt confident enough until the other day and now this challenge popped up! I have posted your button on my blog http://tea-party-4-2.blogspot.com/

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  40. This is a great goal! I love lipstick and really gotten into it recently. It sure adds something to your look. I think you pull red lipstick off well and I'm still trying to get over my shyness of wearing lipstick or drawing attention to myself. I say...just wear what you want and not care what others think. Be yourself and live your life ;)

    sherri
    www.sherriamour.blogspot.com

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  41. I'll be trying on my red lipstick tomorrow!

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  42. Thank you for this. I'm playing along too!

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  43. Love this!! I will definitely be joining!

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  44. wooop love this ! i started wearing red lipstick when i was 17... pretty much bc i loved gwen stefani!! glad you are promoting this !! thanks for the lovely badge. heartandthrift.blogspot.com

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  45. same here!..................

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