This I Believe

Virginia - Bardstown, Kentucky
Entered on February 5, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in the power of black mascara and red lipstick. I first discovered this power when I took a personality quiz in a magazine that asked me what type of makeup I wore. When I looked at the choices, the one that fit me the most was “natural,” but the one that drew me in was “black mascara and red lipstick.” It felt like something clicked in my brain and I knew what kind of person I wanted to be: bold, daring, confident, out of the ordinary- a person who wears black mascara and red lipstick. These two make-up accessories don’t cover up your face like the foundation I wore; they accent its two most important features, your eyes and lips.

Your eyes make you aware of the world around you, let you appreciate and recognize beauty and simplicity in the world. You can tell what mood people are in by looking into their eyes: angry, depressed, cheerful, or anything in between. Eye contact is a key element in getting your point across.

You use your lips for voicing your opinion, eating, and singing- three things that are essential to me. You also use your lips for something else that’s very important- keeping your mouth shut. Though it’s extremely important to be heard, it’s even more important to listen.

People can tell a lot about you through your eyes and lips. When I look into someone’s eyes, I can feel the hurt they’ve been through or the happiness they’ve had, but the most important thing that you do with your face is smile. A smile is a powerful thing. It can change the course of someone else’s day, it can show a child how proud their parents are of them, it can provide encouragement when you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom. A real smile isn’t just projected by your lips; it involves your entire face, especially your eyes.

When I feel like I need a boost of confidence, I smear on some red lipstick and apply a little bit of mascara. When I look in the mirror and see how much my eyes and lips stand out after this simple morning ritual, I feel like I am a strong person, but I realize that something as silly as painting my face isn’t going to make me bold, daring, or confident. I have to find that power within myself. Appearance doesn’t make the person you are. You have to find your inner beauty and strength, or your “strong” appearance will just be a cover up. When you need to add a little extra edge to your day, black mascara and red lipstick will make you feel confident. When you feel like you’ve been kicked to the curb, black mascara and red lipstick will make you stand out. When you find yourself, black mascara and red lipstick will accent the person you are.