We sadly say put Halloween behind us and you know what that means? It’s full fledge Holiday Party Time! Whether it’s a small gathering among family, friends, intimate work party to a full fledged Holiday Gala, we all like to look put together. This is the time to incorporate and experiment with Winter-themed makeup colors.
Personally, this is my favorite time of year because I just LOVE wrapping myself in multiple wool layers and I love the holiday makeup collections. But what if you are that type of person that doesn’t love a traditional candy apple red or cranberry toned lip color? Here are a few favorite non-traditional holiday lip color pics of mine to get you into party mood! Yes, mainly glosses – no surprise there!
Here’s one of my favorite reds from Dolce and Gabbana’s Shine Lipstick collection, Ultra ($30 USD). It’s a lovely deep crimson red. I layered this on top of D&G Dahlia lip pencil, deep bordeaux. I am still trying to embrace the true red lip, which is brighter. Until then I have Ultra to keep me feeling comfortable! I love this with a simple neutral eye with a thin swipe of black liquid liner. This also looks smashing with smoky brown eyes!
How about something bright?
Dolce and Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion lipstick ($34USD) in Poetic, bright fuchsia. I layered this on top of MAC’s Beet lip pencil ($14 USD), a vivid reddish-pink. This looks lovely with a pink flush on the cheeks and a very nude eye. I wouldn’t even do eye liner just layers of black mascara. You’ll want to keep focus on your lovely fuchsia pout.
Too bright and you want more of a deep wine and sparkly pout?
Try Chanel Glossimer ($28.50 USD):
I layered on top of MAC’s Vino Lip Pencil ($14/USD), violet purple, to deepen the shade. What I love the most about this gloss is the fine blue glitter. This is definitely a great gloss for parties. Again, with a pout this deep I’d go with a simply black lined neutral eye. If you want to step it up, how about a bronze toned smoky eye?
Okay, so if you are only doing a holiday lunch with your department at work or it’s a very low-key holiday party at your office or with parents and/or in-laws? How about a great red lip gloss?
This is one of my favorites from the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($32 USD), Fatale, another deep crimson red shade.
I have naturally dark pigmented lips so I layered this gloss on top of another MAC Lip Pencil, this time in Half-Red – a brown toned red. This deposits just enough pigment – it’s not too sheer but it’s not quite opaque either. I like wearing this one to the office just when I want some red to jazz up my makeup or just so I look a bit more alert. I think this with a pop of a cranberry blush with a nude eye (again lots of black mascara) gives you a real sweetheart look! For more of a color impact, layer this on top of a more true red lip liner. I’d go with MAC’s Cherry Lip Pencil.
So you’re not into big statement holiday lips? More of a SMOKY EYE CONNOISSEUR? I hear ya – as you know I’m a big fan myself! How about a fleshy, glossy lip to go with that metallic charcoal or just intense smoky eye in general:
This is Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32/USD), a very beige nude with a bit of peach. This is a very cool shade on my naturally dark lips so I deepened it with MAC’s Cremestick Liner ($14.50/USD) in Cream O’Spice, neutral beige. Just so this nude wasn’t too flat, I added a layer of Make Up Forever Lab Shine gloss ($18/USD) in D16, a sparkly peach champagne.
I hope this gives you some ideas for your holiday parties and gatherings. I do a lot of cooking, baking and hosting major holiday gatherings so it doesn’t always leave me enough time to get myself ready. I rely on these shades because it makes me look put together right before guests arrive at my doorstep. It’s just that added bit of color to take an otherwise simple, nude eye to another level. Or if you want to tone down too much of a smoky eye – I got that covered, too!
I’ll be back with more of my favorite Holiday Look Ideas!
**Disclaimer – there is a Burberry lipstick case featured in the first picture. I am sorry that shade, Prune (a lovely deep red-plum) was not featured. That’s an error on my part.**
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