Blistery weather and sinus infections aside (sorry if TMI), I believe the holidays encourage a certain bravado where bolder nails, lip colors, and eye-shadows are embraced. Nude colors with a romantic feel remain are still available in major retailers however deeper, warmer colors such as mauves, purples, browns, and reds are pushed more-so to the fore front (at least in my opinion). So what’s in for holiday beauty? ‘Tis the season to explore colorful lips. Red is not for the meek but available in a multitude of shades suitable for those slightly apprehensive in taking the P.O.C.P (pop of color plunge).
One of my favorite celebs, Gwen Stefani always rocks the red lip so enviously well, that I plan on trying a red lip too.
For those easing into red, go subtle and sweet. Try L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick in ‘Ravishing Red’, or a semi-matte lipstick by Nars in ‘Jungle Red’.
L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick – ‘Ravishing Red’
Nars Lipstick – ‘Jungle Red’
For those seeking a slightly deeper red hue, try a blue-based red lip color that makes teeth look pearly white and compliments a variety of skin tones.
If red is your forte and bolder is better is your mantra, Clarins joli rouge in ‘Clarins Red’, and Bobbi Brown rich lip color in ‘Old Hollywood’ are suitable options for you.
Clarins – ‘Clarins Red’
Bobbi Brown Lipstick – ‘Old Hollywood’
If you’re still not convinced of the color rouge, experiment with magenta, bordeaux, or plum. To pull off a bold or semi-bold lip during the day, I suggest make lips the central focus. The rest of your face should remain relatively natural. Accent the eyes with softer colors of eye-shadow or perhaps a cat eye (my personal fave); but the key is to not have an overpowering look. Easy on the blush.
Whatever lip candy you succumb to remember the key element in wearing makeup is to go with a look that speaks to you and, above all else, have fun with it.