This story was originally featured in Youngish, our new beauty newsletter for women who aren't old, but aren't exactly young either. Sign up here for weekly updates.
What’s the very first memory you have about lipstick? One of my dearest involves my late grandmother, who came to live with us when I was around eight. Every Sunday before church, I’d watch her apply the same color: “Beautiful Pink” by Estée Lauder.
Indeed, it was a beautiful shade of pink. Not too light, nor too dark, it simply lit up my grandmother’s face whenever she wore it. Thus began my earliest association of lipstick as a small but mighty tool for transformation.