Seriously! Before I started doing theater, I wore lipstick on only two occasions: my wedding and Halloween.
In fact, my lipstick application skills are not unlike those of Betty Davis’ in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. I just haven't had enough practice!
So I was really excited when I learned about lip stencils!
At the risk of sounding arrogant, I'm a stinkin' stenciling genius. My work with alphabet stencils in kindergarten was nothing short of stellar. And that tree I made in 4th grade with the plethora of leaves in autumn colors was simply Lourve worthy!
But much to my disappointment, I discovered that lip stencils became obsolete decades ago (perhaps with the advent of Optometry).
Did that stop me? Of course not! I decided to make my own lip stencil.
In fact, I was able to apply some of the tips I picked up in my advanced cake decorating class to build my prototype. (You do recall that I was a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the Michael's Cake Decorating College, right?)
All I needed was parchment paper and some model lips. I didn't have any parchment paper in stock, so I used wax paper. I decided to use my own lips as a model (although I seriously considered tracing Angelina Jolie's lips from an article in an old People magazine). I simply outlined around my lip perimeter with a Sharpie.
Next I cut out the stencil.
My biggest challenge was getting the stencil to stay on my lips while I applied lipstick.
Of course, being the resourceful nerdling that I am, I quickly solved that problem by leveraging two cloth headbands, crossing at acute angles on my acute face (Sorry..I couldn't resist).
Then I began to paint my lips with lipstick!
Guess what. Stenciling is just like riding a bike. You never forget how to do it, and if you fall off you should get right back on (or something like that).
Linda gave me a drum roll as I removed the wax paper from my face. What I saw brought a tear to my eye. I am still a stinkin' stencil genius.
My lips were Lourve worthy.
I'm not sure the chick on TV agrees.
But what does she know?