What?! Did you think I would simply write…“kissing”?!
That’s far too easy!
But you have a point and we’ll get there.
Just let me start from pillow talking.
“Pillow talk” is one of those expressions in the English language that you can’t quite translate. It refers to two people spontaneously talking before going to bed. That intimate moment you have right before falling asleep, next to the person you love.
In my mind, lips are made for that very moment of the day. And then, of course, lips are made for kissing, smiling, pouting, and a long list of other expressions, all silent, yet extremely communicative. In fact, lips are a very iconic symbol of all that: love, interaction, sensuality, expression, and even revolution. Remember the Rolling Stones’ logo?
There are apparently 25 different categories and over 100 subcategories of lips. Who knew? In the US they even invented something called a “lip message party,” during which an expert reads lip prints on paper and tells you about your personality.
I am not sure what my lips can say about me; I guess I’ll have to do the reading eventually, but I certainly know how to smile!
Two pageants and a lot of modeling require a lot of smiling and, let me tell you, when you step from a red gala to a press launch to the unveiling of a new school, all that smiling can really make your cheeks hurt after a while.
But there is another aspect about lips, and that is language. Silent language. A smile is the silent language to communicate with people around you, without saying a word. All of us use it every day, hopefully many times a day. If you think about it, there are two main features that have the power to be incredibly revealing, even when we don’t want anything to transpire: our eyes and our mouths. They are a special component of body language, which can be more effective than words. Especially for a Colombian woman =)
From a body perspective, as much as I make it a point to take care of it, I make a point of taking care of my lips. It is part of my daily ritual. I exfoliate them once every now and then, and I try to always carry something to keep them hydrated. And when I’m in the sun, I use sunscreen to protect them.
When it comes to actual lipstick, my favorite color is nude, something that helps my natural color pop. I have always been a big fun of invisible makeup, something that brings up your natural features, and that includes my lips.
But let’s go back to the kissing part for a second.
Do you remember the movie “Gone with the Wind”? That very iconic love scene when Mr. Rhett passionately kisses Ms. Scarlett?
I bet you do. (By the way, it is my favorite love scene in any movie, by far!)
Well, if you do, then you’ll most likely agree that:
Lips are made for pillow talking.
But they were actually designed for kissing.
And that’s a fact (even though Eskimos might disagree with that…)
What do you say?
Photo Credits for header: Il Retallack