As many may know, I was a cheerleader the past three years, and last year a new rule was introduced that required us to wear red lipstick when cheering. Eventually it mellowed out to the point where we just had to wear some color on our lips since red lipstick isn’t always for everyone, but I really enjoyed it so I continued to wear it, both at games and in my personal life.
The amount of criticism I received for wearing the color red on my lips was ridiculous.
Whenever I wore it, people felt the need to tell me whether or not they thought it was a little too much. I had people I didn’t even know tell me that they preferred to see me in something a little more toned down. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what boy I was trying to impress, I could have bought a lot more lipsticks– And not the cheap ones, either.
Let me take a moment to answer all of these pressing questions: I am not trying to impress anyone with whatever I choose to wear on my face, and I do not care if anyone thinks I should be wearing a different color of lipstick.
I wear red lipstick because I like it. I like the way I look in it; it’s as simple as that. Red lipstick gives me confidence, and I just feel better about myself when I have it on. Red is my power color, and I wear it when I need a little extra boost or when I just feel like it. If anyone was expecting a more in-depth, philosophical answer, look elsewhere. At the end of the day, it’s just a color I like to put on my lips.
I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I just don’t get why they feel the need to express them to my face, unasked for and unwanted. My wearing red lipstick affects absolutely no one other than myself, and honestly, it’s no one else’s business. I like how I look in it, and I like the way it makes me feel.
The next time you see a girl wearing makeup in a way that upsets you, ask yourself: Will they care about my opinion? The answer is no, so save your breath.