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4 Books to Read Once You Find Out Today Is National Lipstick Day (A.K.A. Sienna Farris’s Birthday)

by | July 29

It’s National Lipstick Day (July 29), and I’m reminded that my grandma used to say that I should never leave the house without lipstick on because you never know whom you’re going to meet. I don’t necessarily agree with that statement, especially because she never told me what would happen if I ended up seeing this person that I didn’t know I was going to meet with just my bare lips. Would they run away screaming? Turn into stone? Although her recommendation was a tad on the anti-feminist side, she did have some useful words of wisdom to share. Like when I was single and would complain to her about all the guys I was dating and their faults, she would often retort: “OK, now let’s talk about what’s wrong with you.” I’ll let you stew on that for a while. In honor of my dearly departed grandma Phoebe and her obsession with painted lips, I suggest that you read one of the following books while celebrating National Lipstick Day, which also happens to be my birthday (Happy Birthday to Me!).  

The A to Z of Lipstick

The A to Z of Lipstick

by Poppy King

Poppy King is the founder of the beauty brand “Lipstick Queen,” and she has written a purse-sized primer on the history of lipstick with tips on how to use it. The book features a quote that I love: “Be with someone who ruins your lipstick—not your mascara.” That sounds like something Grandma Phoebe would have said, even if she didn’t actually.

One tip that I learned from this book and that I really, really needed was how to prevent lipstick from getting on your teeth. This always happens to me and I never seem to find out until I glance in the mirror and realize I’ve been walking around all day looking like I’ve been eating crayons.... This is what I learned! After you apply your favorite lipstick, put your index finger in your mouth, pucker up, and then pull your finger through your lips. This gets rid of all the lipstick on the inside of your mouth that gets on your lips.

There are a lot of really cute illustrations in this book too. It’s the perfect gift for that person you are struggling to find just the right something for National Lipstick Day.

Social Creature

Social Creature

by Tara Isabella Burton

The best way to describe this book is The Talented Mr. Ripley meets Party Monster meets Black Mirror. Social Creature tells the story of two friends, Lavinia and Louise, who have a toxic, obsessive relationship that ends up with one of them dying. The novel takes place in exclusive New York City nightclubs, at decadent parties, and in fabulous apartments. Social Creature touches heavily upon what friendship really means in the digital age, especially when a life documented in Instagram or Facebook is often very different from what’s happening IRL. The art of the selfie is interwoven throughout this book—and what do you need in order to make an amazing selfie besides a forgiving filter? Makeup, of course! If you like twisted novels that explore the dark side of technology and narcissistic behavior, then this is the book for you!

How to Murder Your Life

How to Murder Your Life

by Cat Marnell

Before I landed my dream job in publishing, I worked in the cosmetics industry, and one of the most controversial beauty editors at that time was Cat Marnell. Cat wrote unapologetically about her rabid drug and alcohol use for Vice in the column Amphetamine Logic,” and was the beauty editor for the now defunct xo Jane. Her memoir is a raw and candid story about juggling her rising career at some of the most prestigious fashion magazines: NylonTeen VogueGlamour, and Lucky, while her addiction took over her life. Cat Marnell is hilarious and will win you over with her raw sense of humor and cautionary tale. 

The Regulars

The Regulars

by Georgia Clark

You know how they say don’t judge a book by its cover? Well, it’s National Lipstick Day, so of course we’re going to be superficial like that! It would be remiss of me to write a post about books to read on National Lipstick Day without including The Regulars, a novel with a cover that features three beautiful pairs of matte lips.

Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are New York City girls in their mid-twenties with average looks who are facing the trifecta of quarter-life crises: they’re trying to make it in corporate America, struggling to navigate the chaotic world of online dating (fun fact: that’s how I met my husband!), and trying to make enough money to pay their rent.

Then they discover a magic tincture called Pretty that turns their so-called average looks into supermodel gorgeous, which leads to a whole new glamorous life for them. But Pretty has a dark side to it, and the three friends are forced to answer this burning philosophical question: What are you really willing to sacrifice to be pretty? Although this tincture sounds creepily amazing, I think I am going to stick to good old-fashioned lipstick, and I think you should too (but you’ll still want to read this book)!

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