Call it a lipstick-defining moment. In Beauty for a Purpose’s Kiss & Tell series, real beauties – from entrepreneurs to boldface names – share the inspiring stories behind their most triumphant moments while wearing a favorite confidence-boosting shade.
For the first in the series, we checked in with Lara Ramos of the popular beauty blog The Glossarie. Besides building a bustling community of beauty lovers, Lara holds an MBA and has a busy full-time career in sales. This working mom loves setting a strong example for her one-year-old daughter, Louisa (who’s featured on The Glosssarie modeling the baby headbands Ramos designed for Mane Message).
“I remember applying this lipstick before my very first interview out of grad school. It was a big one, and I was super nervous, but thankfully I was meeting with the CEO of an accessories brand, so I knew a punchy pink lip wouldn’t be too over the top. One clean application in my car’s rearview mirror in the parking lot and a rousing rendition of a peppy pop song — I was basically unstoppable. The shade has been my go-to for several years, and it definitely gives me added confidence. My skin is super-sensitive and temperamental, so I never know how it’s going to behave on a given day. My lips are the one spot on my face that is consistently well-behaved, so wearing a great lipstick is a way for me to draw attention away from my trouble spots and highlight my smile. It’s kind of like putting on a dress that always fits. It always makes me feel good. In the interview chair, I felt smart and strong — it might sound silly, but I felt pretty, and that always gives me a boost.”