My style is classics and new favorites, and my holiday season go-to lippies follow the same rules!
There are some bold classic reds and softer orange hues, glosses and mattes - old favorites and new loves!
Hope it inspires you to create your own collection of Holiday Lip shades! ❤️
Clarins Joli Rouge 742
A glossy red lip that with medium pigment that is extremely easy to apply!
If you’re going for a look with extra statement, I’d consider coloring your lips in with a liner first (coloring, not lining), as it helps the color stay longer and look more vibrant...
but that being said--I don’t think I’ve ever had to start out with a lipliner "primer" with the 742 of the Clarins Joli Rouge!
This lipstick is a perfect not-so-subtle, not-so-bold, in-between red, so I love that it can do different things depending on what else you're pairing with it.
Clarins Joli Rouge 742V
This is essentially the matte version of the 742 - the V stands for "velvet" 👄
And while the holidays usually make me want to go glossy with sparkle, I like to use the velvet formula when there's already glitter on my eyes.
There's no such thing as too much glitter, but hey - a girl's gotta have balance, too.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture 13
In a classic (but golden) bullet packaging but sporting a modern red-orange shade that errs more on the side of a light tomato.
This is a great daytime option during the holidays, so you're not screaming “holiday night party” (yet), and it also works as a great transition from November to December because of the oranges of autumn 🍂
YSL Slim Sheer Matte 101 Rouge Libre
This is the sheerest of the bunch and is fairly pink, but I'm still including it because looks can be deceiving.
From some angles and especially in indoor lighting, this shade will appear red. But in the bright daylight of taking these pictures, it definitely looks much pinker.
In these pics think it's got a kinda gumdrop gingerbread vibe. Not exactly Santa's suit but I still like it for the Holidays - and even beforehand! And after! I just love this one.
(The lipstick itself looks pretty fiery red in the tube, too, so remember that the shade on the stick can be very different from how it applies)
Shade M “Muse” Red Hot 03
In my mind, this is the epitome of a bold red lip.
Bold in pigment, and bold in color, this will steal the show when you wear it.
I’d definitely balance this out with more subdued eye makeup and minimal blush! Let this star have her moment.
Shade M “Muse” Nar 02
Nar 02 is another case of the “looks can be deceiving” mantra.
The tube looks totally red, but when you apply it you definitely can see pink and purple undertones. I'd say it applies on the lips as an intense, deep berry.
I’d still categorize it in the red lipstick category, however, and will probably wear this post-Christmas heading into January (it's my first holiday season with these Muse shades!)
Nar 02 is a power shade for sure. Maybe I'll use it to power through January's resolutions. 🏋🏽
I hope you found some inspiration with one or a few of these shades for your upcoming holiday makeup looks! Until next time.