As of late, I've really gotten into the idea of lipstick. Thank you to everyone for your recommendations! Knowing that I was a complete novice, I wasn't ready to commit to an expensive brand at first. I knew I needed to call in my friend "O" (I posted on her wedding here) to steer me in the right direction- que mental picture of me in a CVS aisle whining on the phone, unable to navigate a solo mission. Luckily, she immediately recommended Just Bitten lipstain+balm by Revlon. It was buy one get the second half off, so I went with Passion (light bright pink) and Frenzy (a deep red with an ever so slight purple hue). I wore Frenzy in Malibu and my mother said I looked lovely. As you can imagine her opinion is completely objective and non bias...so it must be true.
In all seriousness, the Just Bitten color stayed on through dinner, dancing, and a glass or two of Prosecco ;) I would highly recommend it.