Yes, I am one of those people who like to dress up for Christmas and my makeup menu consists of golden eye shadows, loads of mascara and the essential red lips with matching red nails. Pretty simple, yet super effective and festive. I am usually not one to sport the red lip on a daily basis but the Christmas spirit always gets to me and suddenly red is my only color option. This year is no different, so I whipped out my current favorite show-stopping reds and the list goes as follows…
If you’ll be rocking the bold red lip, prepping the lips is absolutely essential and to help my lips get all soft and smooth I like to give them a lil’ scrub with my Christmassy Santa’s Lip Scrub from Lush (here). This cola flavored gem gently gets rid of all the flakes and dead skin cells, making sure that my lips are well prepped and ready for any lipstick or for those very special mistletoe kisses. After I’ve discovered the wonders that lip liners work, I cannot wear a bold lip without a lip pencil underneath, so to define my lips I like to use this Essence Lip Liner in 14 Femme Fatale (here). This baby just glides on and its uber creamy and soft formula doesn’t drag or dry out the lips and also prolongs the wear of any lippy. Score!
After I rummaged my stash, trying to narrow down my lipsticks options I came out with three classic red lippies, one from each category. We have a regular lipstick, a lip pencil and a liquid lipstick thrown in the mix. All very affordable and with brilliant long-lasting formulas that will keep your smudged-lipstick worries at bay. For a beautiful completely matte finish, we have this gorgeous Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red (here + swatches here). You know how much I adore this little stunner and its feminine red shade that dries a touch darker then the other three and which perks up my skin tone beautifully thanks to its cooler undertones! It goes opaque in one swipe and it doesn’t budge through eating, drinking, talking and kissing. The perfect dinner party companion! If you fancy a classic red with a slight hint of pink then this Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate in #22 (here + swatches here) is the one to swatch. It’s the brightest of the bunch and I adore its hydrating formula and the lovely semi-matte finish. It has ‘glamorous’ written all over it and it’s a total winner in my books. Christmas Eve lippy – sorted! If you are after a nice classic red, which has the perfect blend of blue and orange undertones in it, then this Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil in Light It Up (here + swatches here) is what you need in your life. It has that Old Hollywood vibe we all know and love it is completely foolproof to apply. The longevity is spot on and it stays on until you say so. Brilliant.
For second year in a row my nails will be happily painted with Essie Toggle To The Top (here + swatches here). Christmas in a bottle is the best description I could give it and I am smitten by the gorgeous deep burgundy red shade with ruby red glitters running though *insert a heart eyed emoji*! Pop some top coat on for smoothing properties and you’re done. For a quick and easy classic red mani this Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel nail polish in #11 Rouge In Style (here + swatches here) is your best bet. One coat is all you need to get full blown color and the fact that this baby takes only 30 seconds to dry makes it my best friend. Oh and the fab silicone gel texture is to die for as well – it gives a good week of wear and beautiful high gloss finish – love. Nails Inc. Tate (here) is a perfect option if you like deeper red nails. This gem peps up all skin tones and I just love how sophisticated and classy it is. It doesn’t hang around for ages like the other two but the beautiful shiny finish makes up for that. It's a good'un.
Which are your favorite Christmas reds?
Lots of love,