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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.

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

3. And overwhelmed by the jargon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. And leaving your imprint everywhere you go.

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

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

15. So you start experimenting with darker colors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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