The image of Latina women in pop culture and entertainment are usually centered around glamorous hair and outfits, and vibrant red lipstick. Makeup is a huge part of our culture, but here’s how it is when you’re a Latina who hasn’t quite gotten the lipstick thing down.
Growing up, red lipstick was synonymous with the “Latina look.”
"Every Latina needs a red lipstick and a pair of gold hoops." -Mi mama pic.twitter.com/9DMIGHawr1
— Bunny? (@Renata__Alonso) April 8, 2017
It happened a lot.
I mean, even Junot Diaz wrote about the connection of the color with Latinas and the quote is so beautiful we are not going to complain.
You can find this beautiful quote in “This is How You Lose Her.”
Your mom, tías and abuelas were always rocking red lips.
#WhenIWasYounger i hated seein my tias cause theyd always kiss mee & leave red lipstick on my face !
— Bruce Wayne (@beeVicious) October 17, 2011
Did your mom or tía even kiss you if she didn’t leave a lipstick mark?
But some of us weren’t always comfortable with red lipstick or ANY makeup.
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Your mami had to beg you to put any makeup on but, why did I need more attention as an awkward 15 year old?
Any time a party or event came up, mami would tell you, “pintate los labios!”
CREDIT: The People V. OJ Simpson/FX
And you’d whip out your chapstick or light lip gloss.
When you did attempt to try on red lipstick, you expected to feel like this:
The patron saint of red lipstick.
…But instead felt like this:
CREDIT: The Dark Knight/Warner Bros via Reaction Gifs
Your primas took every opportunity to try to doll you up.
And say things like, “You see! You’d look sooo pretty if you tried!”
You celebrated the beginning of the nude lipstick trend.
Yay! No effort and you can slide under the radar.
When you told people you didn’t wear much lipstick, they’d ask you, “But aren’t you Latina?”
there's more to being Latina than listening to Selena, eating hot Cheetos, wearing red lipstick, and being a "Valentina mami" ?
— pjlas (@pjv__) May 27, 2016
Sure, those are all amazing, but it’s not everything.
So you started to question your Latina-ness…
I've failed as a Latina I can't rock red lipstick no mo 🙁
WHY LORD WHY HAVE YOU CURSED ME
— princess (@CarribenaMami) February 8, 2016
…But you remind yourself to step out of your comfort zone…
Red lipstick gives me so much anxiety but damn does a mami look guud pic.twitter.com/T4gmwa49tx
— JuBaby ?✨ (@calienchica) May 5, 2017
Practice makes perfect.
…And maybe rock some other incredible colors.
CREDIT: OITNB/Netflix via Tumblr
Trying to explain this to the fam might be a whole other story, but you got this!
But even if you don’t like makeup and the idea of bright, red lips…
I feel like since im latina, I should rock the red lipstick more often right? Lol
— Jay, Fix My Life! (@Jay_ExploraDora) November 19, 2014
…You’re still a beautiful Latina because we all look amazing in every shade, let’s be real.
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