The first time I fell in love with lipsticks (and makeup in general) was when this beautiful french cousin of mine came to visit, and brought a few miniature lipsticks with her. I was probably six or seven, and I remember being fascinated by the brownish little bullets, and the way the lipsticks looked on her tanned complexion. That was also the first time I tried them on, obviously.
Fast forward to today, I write about lipsticks almost daily and get to constantly try them on and use them. Even when I was a teenager, lipsticks were my favorite makeup item to wear, and they still are. I think the lipstick color we choose (and the texture and formula, but we won’t go into details today) have a lot to say about the way we feel and see ourselves, and yes, maybe they can be a great way to pick the next book we’ll read. Why not?
I’m aware that no two red lipsticks are the same and that there are so many more colors available out there, but I tried to include some shades a lot of people people use and love. Get your best hand flourish ready and say with me: let beauty guide us today!
Nude: A memoir
Is this backed up by science? No. I have no reason at all to think that someone who loves nude lipsticks would want to read a memoir, BUT I do believe that memoirs, just like nude lipsticks, are essentials. They’re probably not the best thing you’ll ever read/wear, they’re not revolutionary, but they’re solid, interesting, and versatile.
Some of my favorite memoirs: The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion, and D.V., by Diana Vreeland. They’re complete opposites (the first is incredibly sad, the second one is just fabulous and fun), but I love them in equal measure.
Red: A really nice thriller
Because red is the color of blood which is often featured in thrillers, yes. And because it’s a sexy, mysterious color. I love a good red lip and a good thriller (they’re some of the best books to get out of a reading slump, in my opinion), so I thought I’d put them together.
Bright Pink: A fun chicklit romance
I love these, I don’t even care if they’re not complicated or intelectual. Chicklits are fun, silly, and sometimes cheesy, even though I’m not really into the cheesiness and would rather pick up a chicklit about a group of friends or something work related, like The Devil Wears Prada. But if you wear pink lipstick, chances are you’re fun and very feminine, so maybe a chicklit romance is just what you need.
Orange: A travel novel
Travel novels are as cool as people who can pull off orange lipstick, which is why I put them together. I love a good travel book, either it be a romance or something more introspective, because they usually allow you to get to know a new culture and, well, pretend to travel for a while.
Coral: A book about rich people
Reading books about rich people, from real life CEOs to fictional millionaires and royal families, can be extremely entertaining. So if you love a good coral lip (I know I do), these are my suggestions for fun, fascinating reads about the lives of rich (and often troubled) characters.
Purple: A book about fantasy and wars and spells and dragons
I’ve always associated the color purple with magic, and I used to wear it a lot back when I was 12 and thought I was a real witch (anyone else?). If purple is your favorite lipstick color to wear, you’re not only very edgy (congratulations), you’re also in for a magical literary treat. These are some of my recommendations, as far as books I haven’t read yet go.
Brown: Something historical and kinda sexy
I love a brown lipstick, but I feel like you have to be in a certain mood to want to wear it. It’s a very sober color, but still daring and unconventional – kind of like a historical novel with a good dose of romance.
Some sexy historical romances: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, that I’ve read and loved, and Next Year in Havana, by Chanel Cleeton, a book I cannot wait to read. Sign me up for any romance-in-Havana books, because that sounds like the recipe for a perfect Summer read.
Black: Something dark and spooky
It takes courage to wear a black lipstick, and if you do, I salute you. You’re way too cool to be reading this post, but here you are. I don’t see someone who wears black lipstick necessarily reading the darkest of horror books, but those charming stories which often involve ghosts and children, and are just slightly scary. Do you know what I’m talking about?