by Jessica M
Occasionally, when I’m touching up my lipstick in public, someone will sarcastically say, “You look fine.” That bothers me. I’m not gazing into my compact mirror to admire myself, but I’m not just fixing my lipstick out of insecurity, either. The whole ritual – the uncapping and swiveling of the lipstick tube, the gesture of application, the glance at my reflection – actually gives me a moment to focus my thoughts, to enjoy a few seconds of mental and emotional privacy. Maybe you need to be a dedicated lipstick-wearer to understand. I think the woman in this photograph would agree.
Image from the Library of Congress