My mama used to hide

Her makeup behind closed doors,

Aged sponges and sticky perfumes tucked into corners of the medicine cabinet,

Making an appearance once a year

Less than.

Covered in clashing colors and

Subliminal messages,

This is for special occasions deemed important by someone not her.

Present day

I ritualize my makeup:

Caressing beauty blenders,

Tingling at eye shadow palettes,

Massaging highlighters.

Mornings are focused, still with sweet admiration.

Planes of my face are mine to trace,

Liquid lipsticks dance over my cupid’s bow, piroutte into a smooth matte.

I’ve become my own special occasion.

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