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Red is a strong, sophisticated and timeless colour choice when it comes to lipstick, though it’s not easy to pull off. That said, it seems like everyone puts on their boldest shade around the holidays to celebrate the season.
The number of red variants on the makeup market is ever-expanding, from deep, grape-y shades to those with warm orange undertones.
Nevertheless, there’s a classy red to compliment every skin tone and occasion, which only adds to the appeal of sporting a different hue for each one of your holiday gatherings.
Have plans to enjoy some drinks with your friend bubble after Christmas dinner? Swipe on a merlot-coloured lipstick for an effortlessly wine-stained look that takes things from day to night in a snap.
Want something hydrating and complexion-boosting to wear while family members snap pictures of you unwrapping presents on Boxing Day? Gloss-up with a wash of colour that coats your lips in a succulent blood red tinge.
Whether or not you choose to ride out a traditional holly-inspired shade this Christmas, the right lipstick is enough to help you conquer the world (or the holiday rush), as the old saying goes.
Ready to find your match? For a little New Year’s sparkle, check out the red lippies below.
This bright red lip cream is Rare Beauty founder Selena Gomez’s go-to shade, and it also happens to be picture-perfect for the holidays. Its whipped texture feels weightless on and provides chapped lips with the nourishment they need to survive the winter thanks to a botanical blend of lotus, gardenia, white waterlily, and vitamin E. Prepare yourself to see smoother lips then ever before.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $26
Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis is known for her elegant array of red lipsticks, and KW Red is inspired by her brand’s classic red packaging. The rich, organic formula provides a colour-drenched and velvety finish that moisturizes lips with shea butter, rosehip, and jojoba oil. Plus, the tube is refillable. Bonus!
SHOP IT: The Detox Market, $73
This exclusive, limited-edition collaboration between Yves Saint Laurent and actress Zoe Kravitz is named after her dog, Scout. A highly-pigmented lipstick with vivid orange undertones, it captures Kravitz’s powerful identity inside the feminine-yet-edgy, black-on-black glitter packaging. We’re obsessed.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $49
Kosas’ Wet Lip Oils are a drink of water for thirsty lips. Infused with peptides, hyaluronic acid, and evening primrose oil, this blood red gloss visibly plumps pouts and never feels sticky. When you’re in need of some extra conditioning and high-shine, pick up this little tube and apply liberally.
SHOP IT: The Detox Market, $36
Clarins’ wildly popular lip perfectors now come in a matte finish, and this velvet red shade’s mousse-y texture gives lips a soft, blur finish. It delivers intense colour and is non-drying thanks to the addition of organic shea butter for extra hydration.
SHOP IT: Ulta Beauty, $26
Once your lips get a taste of Kari Gran’s lip whip, they’ll want more. Suji is a dashing, buildable shade that works both as a sheer lip stain and bold red lip balm. Its ruby hue makes lips look oh-so kissable and it can be layered over top of a regular lipstick for sheer coverage. Made with organic oils and beeswax, this product is a saviour for flaky, cracked lips during the wintertime.
SHOP IT: Kari Gran, $24
Whether its Christmas or New Year’s, Gucci’s new Glitter Lipstick in Madge Red makes a holiday-inspired statement. Its formula melts softly onto the lips and is combined with different types of glitter to create a multidimensional sparkle. What would the holidays be without a little shimmer anyway?
SHOP IT: Sephora, $60
Speaking of wine-stained shades... this buttery, matte long-wear lipstick from Melt Cosmetics is such a show-stopping shade of merlot that its sure to outshine your Christmas lights. A sultry evening look on any given night, it supplies 25 per cent more pigment than the average full-coverage lipstick.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $25
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