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The 25 Colorful Stages Of Becoming A Lipstick Addict

Bite the (lip) bullet.

1. Pale-lipped, pre-lipstick you sees someone wearing a bold color.

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"Hmmmm. Wonder if I could pull that off."

2. You head to Sephora, only to be overwhelmed by the number of available shades.

3. And overwhelmed by the jargon.

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"Wait, how can a red lipstick be too blue?"

4. But you buy one anyway, because ~YOLO~.

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5. The first application goes far less smoothly than you'd expect.

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... Is this really how it's supposed to look?

6. And then you figure out the whole lip brush, lip pencil thing, and it all looks a little neater.

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And for the first time you think, I can do this!

7. But you head out and look in the mirror AND HATE IT.

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^You, IRL.

8. And then someone compliments you on the lip color and everything changes.

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::Insta-smug::

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9. And it's started making you feel like a Real Adult Person.

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10. Heaven forbid anyone interrupt your careful and unpracticed hand.

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Otherwise bad things will happen.

11. And you start dreaming up lipstick-related gadgets to solve your woes.

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#thefutureisnow

12. And leaving your imprint everywhere you go.

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Cups, napkins, kleenex, other people's cheeks... the list goes on.

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13. You experience the delightful first time you get lipstick on your chin from eating a sandwich.

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AND NO ONE TELLS YOU.

14. You may have been momentarily concerned about the opinions of the opposite sex.

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But that ended pretty quickly.

15. So you start experimenting with darker colors.

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Like a mood ring for your mouth.

16. Soon you develop the perfect response to anyone who hates on your lipstick game.

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17. And a bold lip becomes part of your game face.

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Red lipstick = war paint.

18. People start to come to you for lipstick advice.

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Hehehehehe, the fools.

19. And you learn exactly what you need for a little dose of badass.

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::Opens purse, takes out pretty little tube::

20. And you have to eventually face the struggle of running out of your fave shade and resorting to ~darker~ options.

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No judgment.

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21. You start to find lipstick weird places, like on your neck.

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"How the actual eff did this get here?"

22. A brand new lipstick becomes the Most Joyous of occasions.

23. While a discontinued color justifies full mourning.

24. You've reached the point where you're embarrassed to be caught without your signature shade.

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No lipstick? No leaving the house.

25. But hey — at least you never have to be worried about being caught without a pen.

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Or something.

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