Taking baby steps seemed like the least traumatic way to approach this challenge. So on day one, I simply amped up my everyday routine of mattifying foundation, blush, and mascara with a superdark purple lip. "Today will be a breeze," I thought to myself – but man, was I wrong.
The walk from my apartment to my office is about seven minutes long, but it felt like a decade. I kept my head down almost the entire time, convinced that every passerby gave me a funny look. I had never felt so unlike myself . . . but after compliments from co-workers and the stamp of approval from my boyfriend, my apprehension for my dark lip turned into enthusiasm.
One thing that took a little getting used to was keeping up with the high-maintenance makeup. Applying and re-applying my lipstick is something I've never done so frequently in one day, so it was an adjustment to say the least.