I've only been writing here for a few weeks, but by now you probably already know that I am a strictly neutral lip girl. I like it nude ("your lips, but better!") or really light pink. As much as I love HOT HOT PINK, I've always balked when I saw it on my lips. It freaked me out; it was too much! I was a lip color commitment-phobe. That all changed yesterday.I was in Sephora (of course!) testing out new foundation (more on that later!) when the very sweet girl who was helping me said, "Have you tried Kat Von D's lip stains? They are INSANE."I gave her the look I reserve for people who have suggested things I am vehemently opposed to. This look conveys that while I appreciate the suggestion, I am not interested. It is vaguely apologetic, and usually accompanied by a crooked and sheepish smile. Other frequent receivers of this look include people with clipboards standing in the middle of the street. So I gave her that look and said, "Yeah, I kind of go neutral with my lips. Otherwise I feel like it's just way too much on my face."Bless her heart, she was not dissuaded! "You need to step your lip game up!" she said. "Just LOOK at these colors."Well, what can I say? I'm a soft touch. I nodded. She grabbed a tube of violent red lip stain and swatched it on my hand. My eyes almost fell out of my head, it was so eye-gougingly bright. But I am not a red girl. If I was going to do anything, it would have to be pink. My eyes traveled over to a tube of killer fuchsia lip stain, and she followed my gaze."I love that color," I said. She didn't have to be told twice. She immediately grabbed a clean lip brush and moved in for the kill.I am not kidding when I say this lip stain transformed my face in an instant. I would go so far as to say that it was a fucking game-changer. This color, Backstage Bambi, has completely redefined the way that I see lip color. Even better, this stuff is an extremely long-lasting stain. After I walked out of Sephora, I proceeded to eat frozen yogurt and later, Chinese food (delicious!), and it seriously did not move. It also dries matte, which is glorious. God, I am totally in love with it. I want to wear it every day forever.There is a shitty twist to this story: The store had sold out of it, and when I got home, I realized that Sephora.com doesn't have any either. THANKFULLY, the Union Square store has some (if you're in the area)! I made an emergency stop there on my way to the xoJane offices this morning and smiled sooooo widely at the woman who rang me up. I applied it in a mirror in the store and practically floated into the offices. Emily now has competition for Brightest Lips Ever!I remember reading a quote from Isabella Blow years ago where she said that she couldn't talk to a woman who wasn't wearing lipstick. I thought it was ridiculous at the time -- and still do -- but I am starting to understand the women who feel naked without it. Slicking on a coat of something bright and attention-getting feels like putting on armor. It says, "Don't mess. My hot pink lips will haunt you in your nightmares."
Kat Von D, you make a damn fine lip stain. And I think the star tattoos on your face are totally cute.