Lipsticks You’ll Love for Every Holiday Party
Nothing can spice up your holiday beauty routine quite like debuting a festive lip color at each and every occasion. A classic red is as elegant and timeless as a glass of sparkling champagne; a shimmering nude gives a winter glow that looks downright magical under twinkling Christmas lights; and a bold pop of fuchsia or coral turns more heads than the mistletoe. Just like we dress to impress for each holiday party, we ought not forget our lipstick can be a statement of its own. We won’t be settling for our signature color all season long because there’s no better time to go bold than the most enchanting time of year. These holiday lipsticks will have your face ready for a fête in just a few swipes.
Best Festive Red
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Love
Buy It: $6.99; target.com
This bright matte red is perfect for any and every holiday occasion, and the gel formula delivers mega-pigmented color that’ll stay all night without drying out your lips. The blue undertones make this red lip color particularly flattering on paler skin, which—let’s be honest—is many of us during the winter (farewell, summer tan).
Best Rose Gold
L'Oreal Paris X Balmain Lipstick in Confidence
Buy It: $14; barneys.com
L'Oréal Paris launched this exclusive couture matte collection with Balmain, and we’ve been treated to 12 amazing shades that cover every base. Our favorite pick for this season has to be the drop-dead gorgeous rose gold shade that works on literally any skin tone. The matte finish is flawless, but your lips stay hydrated and feeling creamy thanks to the infusion of camellia oil.
Best Dusty Rose
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rose Velvet
Buy It: $4.99; target.com
This deep rose lip color hits the mark on a warm winter neutral with a romantic finish. The Super Lustrous formula keeps lips looking a touch creamy and feeling hydrated. We’ve been wearing this color almost daily since the leaves finally started changing.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte
Buy It: $34; sephora.com
This sultry red wine shade is heating up every holiday collection, whether in the lip colors, nail colors, or even eye shadow palettes. The NARS Audacious collection has a subtle creamy finish to give lips a smooth texture and major coverage that lasts all night.
Best True Rose
NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick in Tea Rose
Buy It: $5.99; amazon.com
A creamy, rosy lip is always a great option for any holiday ensemble, especially if you’re going for a little more subdued look. The mauve-pink shade is classic and romantic. This NYX formula is a fan favorite due to the fact that it goes on so smoothly and has a great velvety finish that isn’t too matte. We don’t usually go with pink tones during the holidays, but if we are, this is our pick.
Best Bold Raspberry
Stila Stay All Day MATTE’ificent Lipstick in Framboise
Buy It: $18; sephora.com
This Stay All Day lipstick is our favorite vibrant berry color. It’s rich and bold without being excessively bright, and you won’t be reapplying after every cocktail.
Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Caramel Kiss
Buy It: $5.99; target.com
This striking nude is our go-to neutral for parties and workdays alike during the holiday season. It’s the perfect warmed-up nude shade finished with a shimmery glow, and we love the subtle pop of luminescence it gives every time we swipe it on. Plus, the lip color is infused with shea butter for a lasting creaminess and hydrating wear you’ll want to reapply more than you actually need to.
Best Deep Nude
Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Singular Taupe
Buy It: $36; sephora.com
This warm taupe shade is our answer to a classic nude lip this holiday season; the deeper color works well with our winter wardrobe and for any party. What makes this product even better is the liquid lip stain formula that gives a matte, moisturized finish and goes on super easy like lip gloss. This lip stain boasts an eight-hour wear without feathering or drying out.
Best Rich Metallic
Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick in Copper Rose
Buy It: $5.99; target.com
We promise the metallic lipstick craze right now isn’t too adventurous to try (we’re personally loving anything rose gold!). If done correctly, a metallic lip is festive and eye-catching, while not being over-the-top bright; making it perfect for those who want to be bold, but are afraid of bright lip colors. This berry shade gives a touch of rich jewel-toned color with a finishing glow that does not come off as glittery or iridescent at all.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red
Buy It: $27; sephora.com
This bold lip color is all about its vivid red pigment and easy application. The pencil form makes getting the perfect lip coverage more than easy, but the formula makes sure to give rich coverage that’ll stick with you all night (trust us, this is one of our holiday party weapons!). We love this slightly deeper crimson red as an alternative to our usual bright red holiday lip.
Best Toasted Orange
L'Oréal Colour Riche Lipcolour in Volcanic
Buy It: $6.99; amazon.com
This deep orange is our favorite bold pick when we’re already going with a festive bright outfit for the holiday party. Pairing this rich orange with complementary colors such as fuchsia or bright red makes the ultimate statement, and what better time of year to step outside your fashion comfort zone than the holidays?
Best Warm Coral
Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes Lipstick in Naked Coral
Buy It: $5.99; target.com
You can’t go wrong with a warmed-up coral shade this winter. We love coral because the orange-red hybrid suits most skin tones beautifully, but this deeper tint is more like a ramped-up coral with a dark nude twist.