First of all, I love lipstick so much! I have multiple shades of red, burgundy, and pink. I even have a black and blue, but burgundies are my favorite.
As a result, my poker face is on point! With a strong poker face comes a strong lipstick and eyebrow game. I have so many lipsticks, I may have a problem. Anyway, last year, I called myself trying to be more “grown up” so I started a morning makeup routine. I started January 2016 with just shaping and filling in my eyebrows. It was the bare minimum. Although I had tons of lipstick, I was embarrassed to wear it because I didn’t want to draw attention to myself at work.
This year, I started wearing lipstick, but inconsistently. Whenever I wanted to draw attention from a bad hair day or a day I didn’t feel like filling in my eyebrows, I would wear lipstick. In the second semester, I started wearing it consistently. I had too many lipsticks (and nowhere to go on weekends) to not wear every day. I started out really subtle with just a pink or neutral gloss. It just so happened that on days that I taught third period, I wore burgundy. Somehow, one of my students in third period noticed my lipstick pattern and tried to make a connection between it and my mood of the day.
While I was greeting students, and wearing a new(er) shade of burgundy, she told me, “Miss, I love that lip color, is it new? It’s terrifying! You do that on purpose to scare us, huh?”
Ever since that moment, she’s noticed every single color, whether it was new or old. She would announce to the class, “Miss B. must be in a great mood; she’s wearing pink lipstick!”
While there isn’t any correlation at all, I’ve become more aware of what color lipstick I have on because I know that students have all started correlating my lipstick to my mood. I think it’s hilarious!
Also, I’ve added eye liner, highlight, and a small amount of blush to my routine. When I say that the kiddies noticed, it’s an understatement! A student in fourth period stopped class to tell me, “Miss, I like your highlight! It accentuates your eyebrow arch!” That same day, a student in fifth period complimented me on my eyebrows.
Not only is this a testament to how superficial, but also how observant they are. A year ago, I wouldn’t have noticed the difference between primer and foundation, but 12-year-old kids know how to spot a lipstick shade from a mile away.
Even when I was a substitute teacher, kindergarten students would tell me, “You’re pretty so you must be nice!” They’d be drawn to me immediately, not even realizing how much I disliked teaching elementary. For this reason, I focus heavily on empathy and accepting people from all different backgrounds, but also the danger of judging a boy by his face. If they are capable of noticing the difference between NYX “Bewitching” and “Copenhagen,” you’d better believe that they are capable of spotting differences and coming up with a good reason to stay away from someone who doesn’t look like them.