We always hear rules that dictate the "right" lipstick shade we should try, making us think twice before trying out a new lippie color. So, to settle this dilemma once and for all, we asked Jen Gerard of Los Angeles-based makeup brand Gerard Cosmetics: How can you really know the best and right lipstick shade for you?
Her answer was simple and direct: "As far as selecting a shade, with me, I'm always about persistence. Whatever you look at that you gravitate to, go for it. Because we're so hard on ourselves, we look at something and we're like, 'Oh, this would look amazing on someone else, but not on me.' And that thing is, somebody else just has the courage to pull it off.
"I think it's just going with your first instinct and rocking it! It's really about attitude. It's all about how it makes you feel."
So there you have it, ladies. There are no definite rules in makeup—you make your own! If you want to wear a bright orange lipstick, do it! Trust your instinct.
While you're feeling adventurous, here are some bold lipstick finds you can try:
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Kiss and Tell
A flamingo pink lipstick that looks perf on morenas and mestizas!
Kiss and Tell, P1220, GERARD COSMETICS, Freyja Glorietta
Gerard Cosmetics Hydramatte Liquid Lipstick in Mercury Rising
Its orange red hue works well for Pinays' warm skin tones. Pair this with peach eye makeup and blush for a monochromatic look.
Hydramatte Liquid Lipstick in Mercury Rising, P1280, GERARD COSMETICS, Freyja Glorietta
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Grape Soda
A purple lippie that will surely pop! This has a matte and opaque formula that will stay on for hours.
Grape Soda, P1220, GERARD COSMETICS, Freyja Glorietta
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lipgloss in Candy Apple
A vibrant and creamy gloss with a Pinup girl-red color payoff, which gives your lips the juiciest look ever!
Color Your Smile Lighted Lipgloss in Candy Apple, P1530, GERARD COSMETICS, Freyja Glorietta
Gerard Cosmetics Hydramatte Liquid Lipstick in 1995
If you're scared that a brown lipstick will make your complexion appear dull, try this neutral '90s tawny lippie that works for all skin tones.
Hydramatte Liquid Lipstick in 1995, P1280, GERARD COSMETICS, Freyja Glorietta
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.