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Red lips are classic, while pink lips are little bit more subdued, earning both lipstick colors a spot in plenty of holiday makeup tutorials. But since the holidays are such a special time of year, why not try a special shade that you wouldn’t necessarily wear the rest of the year? We’re talking about cranberry lipstick! Take inspiration from delicious cranberry sauce (yum!) and rock this berry hue on your lips this holiday season. Below, we’re sharing our best cranberry lipsticks along with tips on how to apply a cranberry lip for maximum impact.
Sure, you have your pink and red lipsticks, but how many of those can you really call cranberry? Chances are, not many. To make sure you totally nail this holiday makeup look, we’re sharing our best cranberry lipsticks in three different finishes.
If you love glossy lipstick…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glassy Garnett.
If you love metallic lipstick…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Galactic Foil.
If you love matte lipstick…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Doesn’t Matte-r.
Have your cranberry lipstick in hand? Follow our red lips tutorial below then show off your cranberry pout at your next holiday party!
Step 1: Prep your lips. Before reaching for your cranberry lipstick, exfoliate your lips to help remove dead skin cells from the surface of your lips. Use a face scrub that can be used on lips as well, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Scrub. Smooth a small amount of the face scrub onto clean, dry lips with dry fingers, then massage it over your lips with wet fingers and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Step 2: Apply lip primer. Primer can help smooth your lips for even lipstick coverage and ensure that your lipstick wears evenly. No lip primer on hand? No problem! Just dab on a tiny bit of foundation or concealer to create an even base.
Step 3: Apply lip liner. Nope, it’s not time to apply your cranberry lipstick just yet. First, line your lips with a lip liner that closely matches your cranberry lipstick shade. (Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner.) Lip liner can help prevent your lipstick from feathering outside the lines. Start by lining the outside of your lips with lip liner to help fill in any lines, then fill in your lips.
Step 4: Lipstick time! Grab your cranberry lipstick and apply one coat of lipstick using a brush (this allows for more precision than applying directly from the tube), then gently blot your lips with a tissue. Repeat the process again.
Step 5: Set your lips. After applying a second, final coat of lipstick, blot again with your tissue. Then, using a powder brush, apply a translucent face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, onto your lips through the tissue to help set your lipstick. You’re done!
A cranberry lip is seriously gorgeous and deserves to be the star of the show. So, keep the rest of your makeup single. Apply a radiant finish foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, and conceal any imperfections (like dark circles under the eyes or dark spots) with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer. As far as eye makeup goes, you can’t go wrong with a classic cat eye. We’ve got plenty of new takes on this makeup look in our article, Anything But Ordinary: 6 Modern Takes on Winged Eyeliner.
If you loved learning about how to wear a new must-try holiday lip color, you’ll definitely want to brush up on more seasonal beauty tips. Check out our article, Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Beauty Hacks to Make It Through the Season, and you’ll be ready to slay the holidays.