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There’s no time of year more magical than the holidays. ‘Tis the season for snow-covered streets, shimmering lights, and of course, mistletoe. It also happens to be the perfect time to experiment with various festive shades of lipstick for the multiple holiday parties and family get-togethers you probably have on your calendar this season. And when you finally find yourself under the mistletoe with that special someone, you’ll want to make sure your lip makeup stays put as much as possible. Keep reading for our best lipstick shades to rock this holiday season, as well as tips for creating a mistletoe-approved, long-lasting lip look.
Whether you’re a classic kind of gal (hello, red lipstick!) or you’re more daring (we see, you vampy, dark lipstick!), we’ve got a holiday lipstick shade for you.
1. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red: This high-shine lipstick offers a glossy twist on your everyday red lip—and is reminiscent of the red stripes in our favorite holiday candy canes.
2. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stirred: Embrace your dark side this holiday season with this brick-red lipstick shade. Bonus: Liquid lipstick offers long-lasting wear!
3. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Galactic Foil: There’s no better time than the holidays to break out a foil-like metallic lipstick. Get your glitz and glam on with this berry shade that reminds us of sugarplums.
4. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Berry Matte Pink: You’ll look berry merry in this berry matte lipstick shade. Pair it with sparkly silver eyeliner for a can’t-miss holiday makeup look.
5. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Matte in Velvet Pout: Coat your lips in a super-trendy matte lipstick shade, like thia purple-y velvet-inspired one that screams winter.
Once you’ve chosen a holiday lipstick, it’s time to learn how to put it to good use. Follow our tutorial below for helping make your lipstick stay put. Then go stand under that mistletoe—you’re ready for a holiday kiss!
Step 1: Exfoliate your lips. Nobody wants to have cakey, dried out lips at a party, right? That’s why it’s important to prep you lips before applying lipstick. Start by using a lip scrub to gently slough away any dead skin cells on skin’s surface. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Scrub.
Step 2: Apply primer. Just as primer can help create a smooth base for foundation, it can do the same for your lipstick, too. Apply a lip primer once you’re done exfoliating to create an even canvas and allow your lipstick to wear more evenly. No lip primer on hand? Just tap on a tiny bit of foundation or concealer if you’re in a pinch.
Step 3: Use lip liner. Before applying your lipstick, outline your lips with lip liner. Lip liner can help prevent your lipstick from featuring outside the lines. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner, depending on your lipstick finish.
Step 4: Drink through a straw. This may sound silly, but trust us on this one: After all the hard work you just went through to get the perfect lipstick application do you really want to ruin it in two seconds? When you drink something straight from a cup while wearing lipstick, you can expect to see some color on the cup rather than your lips—It’s a sad but true struggle we’ve all have to deal with from time to time. A simple lipstick hack to combat this issue is to use a straw. Oh, the things we do for beauty…
Your lips should be the star of the show, so keep the rest of your makeup simple. Start with a primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Glow-Lock Primer. Follow this up by using the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons to disguise skin imperfections such as dark spots or dark circles under the eyes. Then, apply a radiant finish foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, and a brightening concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer. Finish with a thin line of black eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black, and you’re all set.
Next up: We’re sharing How to Do Your Makeup for Your Office Holiday Party and A Classic Holiday Makeup Look for Every Occasion.