We've discussed my irritation at the idea that I dress for someone other than me. When I stumbled across a book that stated the only reason you'd wear red lipstick is that you're a hussy, I maybe, kinda threw the book across the room. There are many reasons to wear red lipstick. First of all, it's classic as that's the only shade that was available for years. Even before the lipstick tubes we're familiar with, women from Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth I found ways to color their lips red (and no one called the Virgin Queen a hussy and kept their head!). Red is the only shade to wear if you want to pull off a retro or Old Hollywood look. Red is for the bold.
Of course, plenty of women just don't like that much attention on their mouths. They feel a red lip overshadows the rest of their face. Plus, finding the perfect red can be a process, and it's not exactly a low maintenance color. So there are reasons to skip a red lip, just don't let it be hussidom.