I will never forget the first time I put on red lipstick. At first glance, I loved it. It was fierce, gorgeous.. bombshell summarizes red lips to me. But I kept looking and I wiped it off. It was too much; bright red lips are not for the faint of heart. You have to be ready to go big or go home.
I've grown to looove bright colors on my lips. My advice is to put on bright red lipstick around the house. Experiment with different shades & tones of red. Orange reds, though I like them less, look better on me than blue reds & neutral reds, unfortunately. Sometimes you just have to try a color out and see how it looks.
However, never ever wear it out somewhere for the first time if you're not sure about the color. Makeup in general, but especially bright, flashy lips, can seriously affect your confidence. This can be good, but it can also be bad. I feel so much better with just a little face powder and eyeliner.. and so much worse without it. Also, a good lip color can make me feel unstoppable (like today: Venomous Cosmetics' Lip Poison in Rocket to the Moon; hubba bubba!). But a bad lip color will leave me very, very self conscious, no matter how I look otherwise.
What do red lips do for you? & If you've never tried red lips, why not?