Red Lips Are the First Thing Men Notice, Study Finds. Fun article. No surprise. I almost dismissed it.
According to a study by Manchester University, when men first notice women, they spend the most time focusing on women’s lips. The redder the better. Makes sense. Lips surround the mouth – a highly sexual part of our faces. And, as we all know, lips mirror … ahem … women’s nether region.
So why did the article stay with me? Maybe it had to do with what happened to me last night.
I was walking home from work carrying my bag on one hand and my computer bad slung over my chest. I was wearing a hat pulled down over my messy hair and my puffy down coat that makes me look like the Michelin man. Finally, my face was peeling a bit thanks to a new round of Retin A. In short, I looked like SHIT.
Nevertheless, I must have given off some “I’m available” vibe when I caught the smile of a guy on the street, because, the next thing I know, the guy starts talking to me and offered to buy me coffee.
As soon as I told I had to get home to the kids, he knew to back off. The rest of the walk home I vacillated between thinking the guy must have been blind and utter glee. Yay, I can still attract a guy (albeit a semi-blind one)!
But wait a sec. I’m a mom of 3 with a successful job and great husband. Why do I need male affirmation? Can’t I be content without getting continual updates from guys that I still have it going on?
If I had to be honest, no. It’s not to say that I always need to know that I’m attractive. Truth is, I don’t make enough of an effort to expect that and I’m no spring chicken anymore. But I guess I still have a need to believe I can fulfill females’ basest role: to land a guy.
Perhaps that’s why the article stuck in my mind after all. Maybe now I’ll dig into my stash of red lipstick to see if I can draw the perfect red pout.