Lipstick? Not what you expect to read about here at In My Own Style, but without lipstick, I may have never become interested in DIY, decorating, and eventually blogging about it.
I was reminded of how I got into DIY decorating when I was asked if I would like to have a new blog sponsor – Cover Girl. It didn’t take long to decide – YES!
If you have read my About Me page, you know that I can’t live without lipstick. It is a part of me. When my hubs and I go out and I don’t have pockets – he knows he will be packing… a lipstick in his pants pocket. In high school the girls hanging out by the bathroom mirrors always knew who to ask if they forgot their lip gloss that day. I was known as the lip gloss queen. I love it and still do – it just brightens up my face no matter what color – sheer or dark. I have many shades all neatly organized in my bathroom drawer.
But how did lipstick change my life? Well after I graduated from college and couldn’t find a job in NYC, I moved back home with my mom and dad and took a part-time job selling cosmetics at a local department store. After working there for a few weeks, the department manager asked me if I would clean and straighten out the cases. It was slow in the store that day and I was bored, so I took my task a step further and had some fun by making a display along the bottom of the cases.
I folded paper into tent shapes and kissed each one with a different color of lipstick. I then wrote the name of the lipstick on the paper and lined them all up in the case with a tube of lipstick in front of each. I went home at the end of my shift and didn’t think twice about what I did. Late the next day I got a call from the display manager (who I had never met) asking me if I would like to be his full-time with benefits, no nights or weekends assistant. He loved what I did and my initiative. He ended up becoming my creative mentor and my book, Instant Decorating was based on all the things I learned by working with him. It would have never happened without lipstick.
So when asked if I would like to have a Cover Girl ad on my site, it made perfect sense. If I didn’t get into retail display, I may have become a make-up artist. I did it all the time for my friends and when I worked in the store. I sometimes think how much fun it would be to be a celebrity makeup artist like Pat McGrath making those beautiful faces look even more beautiful.
So when you add it up – Cover Girl is perfect for me – Affordable DIY style.