The Perfect Lipstick for the Paulding Light

Our trip to Wisconsin at the end of the July was actually a tri-state trip. We also journeyed out to Michigan one night to visit the Paulding Light.


The Paulding Light is a light that appears every night in Paulding, Michigan and people travel from all over to see it because no one knows why it’s there. There are theories for the source of the light. A popular one is that it’s the lights from headlights on a highway about five miles away, but that theory doesn’t ring true for me at all based on what I saw while I was there. Another theory is that it’s the light of a brake operator who worked along the train tracks that used to operate in the area. He stuck his head out a window and he was beheaded by a train. Legend says the light is his lantern as he searches for his head. I should send my ghost-hunting friends from Ghost Stories, Inc. to Paulding to investigate.

Unfortunately there weren’t a lot of people at the Paulding Light the night that we went. I’ve heard it’s quite the experience sometimes. If the crowd is big enough, people will scold you if you talk too loud–you might scare him away! There was no chatter like that when I went, but there was one guy who apparently needed to use the restroom and thought the entrance to the woods was the place to do that.

When I arrived, the light was really bright. It was almost like staring into a car headlight. The group that I was with (who have been there on multiple occasions) said they’ve never seen the light that bright! After that the light was less intense and once it changed from white to red. Overall the experience was really cool, although totally different than I imagined. If you’re near Paulding and want to check it out, you should!

So, what does lipstick have to do with the Paulding Light? As soon as we decided to go to the Paulding Light, a makeup looked popped into mind featuring a dark lip. I went with Stone by MAC, which is a grey/brown-toned lipstick that is part of the somewhat new matte line that recently hit stores and is part of their permanent collection.



As soon as I saw swatches of Stone I knew I wanted to try it out, but didn’t think I’d actually like it on myself. It turns out, I love it and I think this is a shade I will reach for often during fall and winter. It’s definitely a bold lipstick for me, but it’s different and fun to wear!

I paired the lipstick with green and grey on the eyes. The products I used are from a limited edition MAC quad that came out with a collection next fall. For a similar look, I’d use Verve, Pistol and YDK from the Naked2 palette from Urban Decay, which has been a go-to eye look for me for years.



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  • Reply
    August 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    How fascinating! Is that the light you captured on the above photo?

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      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      August 27, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      No, unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of the light. When the light was at its brightest while I was there it took me a moment to process that I was already seeing the light and then I was just wrapped up in looking at it. When it wasn’t as bright I didn’t try to take a photo because it wouldn’t have been a great one. The picture above was just taken during the same trip. I meant to make a note of that in the post. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    August 27, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I bet the red paired with the green looked smokin’.

    I love your telling of your experience. LOVE hearing ghost stories and legends behind them. I swear my father came to me after he died, maybe 2 years later and living in a different house and city. I believe there’s definitely people stuck in transition or people that just can’t leave, or won’t leave, because they have some other purpose or “job” to do.

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    Becki S
    August 28, 2015 at 1:37 am

    I’ve never heard of the paulding light but sounds interesting. I don’t wear much lipstick but that shade is definitely intriguing. I never would have thought to try stone.

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    August 28, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I’m sort of in love with the fact that you did a post about a place in the U.P. of MI! I actually grew up in this beautiful part of the country, yet somehow I never heard of the Paulding Light…what sort of a cave must I have been living in?!

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