Holiday beauty: Party lips

It's not all about a swipe of red lipstick this holiday season. Party-ready pouts come in all forms and in every lip colour for any party.

Nov 25, 2013
Karen Kwan
Holiday beauty: Party lips

From chic cocktail parties to traditional family dinners—you have a slew of events on your social calendar this holiday season, and you have outfits for every occasion but have you figured out your lip look? Much like how you would not wear that revealing Hervé Leger number to the-never-ending dinner at your in-laws, lip gloss, stick and stain each have their own right time and place when it comes to the look, feel and lasting power they offer. Here’s a quick reference guide on what to wear (and we say branch out from your thought that red lipstick = holidays. Have fun!).

The family feast
When you’re sitting down for course after course, followed by a movie or chit chat in front of the fireplace with some eggnog, you want something that’ll be comfortable and that’ll last you the duration of the evening. Colour-wise, think subdued, soft and neutral -- not an intense shade you would get from say, a red lipstick. “A tinted lip balm would be ideal,” says Toronto-based makeup artist Susana Hong. You get a hint of colour that’s soft, and it’ll last you through your evening of drinking and eating without transferring to your glass or holiday napkin much. “Plus, it keeps your lips moist, and you can just reapply easily, sans mirror, since precision is unnecessary!”

Try: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus.

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The “ugly sweater” party
When you’re sporting a bold and garish sweater, take a chance and be bold with your lip colour. “Why let the sweater be the only focus? Take a chance with your lip colour and keep with the holiday theme,” says Hong. A fuchsia or tomato tone will liven up your look, while standing out to go with the busy pattern of your knit number you’re sporting. Keep it from going garish but sticking to a creamy, moist lipstick.

Try: Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Funny Face

A romantic dinner with your boyfriend
A candlelit, cozy dinner with your beau will surely involve some smooching, so the key here is to add some colour to your lips without it ending up all over him. Hong suggests a light, berry-toned stain. “He won't even realize you have any lip colour on, and that's the idea, isn't it?” She recommends applying it to the bottom lip only and then quickly rubbing your lips together to deposit some of the stain pigment onto your upper lip. “This will de-saturate the intensity of the colour and keep the edges soft,” she explains. Do this quickly, though, as you only have a bit of time before the stain dries. If you find the particular stain you’re using leaves your lips feeling a bit parched, apply your favourite lip balm over top to moisten your lips.

Try: Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain Balm in Beloved

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