I've always been a little scared of bright lipstick. Maybe it's a feeling of "I tried too hard" or "I'll look ridiculous." I think mostly it was the "trying too hard to stand out" thing. I like wearing cool stuff, ya know, but I don't love drawing attention to myself--makes me feel weird and is probably why I dress other people.
What I've found about the amazing spring shades of lipstick is that you're actually trying LESS when you wear them. Because the rest of your makeup should be subdued, you actually spend fewer minutes applying "your face." And because the lipstick is like an accessory in itself, the rest of your outfit can stay completely simple. Carmine colors like the one to the left, "Drumbeat Red" by Loreal Color Riche, are classic. Some of the trendier ones, like the one I am wearing below are the super-bright pinks--think Maggie G. and Sandi (#22 PARIS Chanel Rouge Coco) at the Oscars.
I'm nostalgic. Y'all know that. So of course these rich, beautiful colors remind me of when ladies DID look like ladies....like the grandma you see at Kroger who's wearing a dress, has her hair done, and FOR SURE is wearing her red lipstick. It's old school. And it's probably why the au naturel-sheer-gloss-look that I've been working for a few years now, always elicits the "You kind of look dead" comments from my mom. There's just something about a lady in bright lipstick, I guess.
Me + Matty. I'm wearing Nars lipstick in Schiap.