A Lipstick is Worth a Hundred Words
By Jessica M
Women love to watch other women applying lipstick. For some reason, they can’t help themselves. I watch them watching: on the subway, in restaurants after meals, in public bathrooms. Why are they – that is, we -- so fascinated? Sometimes, we’re looking to see what brand the other woman is using, or to judge the final effect when she’s done. Sometimes, I think, we’re recognizing each other as members of the same tribe. Putting on our lipstick is a shared ritual, a common denominator. There may also be an element of healthy competition. (What are you wearing? How do you look?)
Photograph of women watching a cosmetics demonstration, 1947, by Nina Leen for LIFE magazine.