For me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a festive red lip. Whether it’s to brighten up a casual jeans and bobble hat combo, or to add a fancy touch to a Christmas party outfit, a red lip screams ‘it’s Christmaaaas’ à la Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade (niche reference perhaps…?).
When I was a teenager, I had quite the collection of red lipsticks. I’m talking matte, satin, gloss. Orange-reds, brick reds, deep reds, berry reds. I had loads, and I very rarely used them all. Now, I’ve whittled them down and I have my staple four products that I always go to. Each one is a different shade of red and a slightly different finish so I tend to choose which one to wear depending on how I’m feeling that day. Sometimes a satin finish deep red, sometimes a matte finish, vibrant, blue undertone red. Today, I thought I’d share these four products with you in case you’re looking for the perfect red lip for the Christmas season! Plus, I still haven’t decided which red to go for on Christmas day, so maybe this will help me decide!
This is one of the most popular red lipsticks for a reason! The classic, vibrant red shade is perfect for Christmas as it really pops! Plus the staying power is incredible – it’s my go to red for a night out so I reckon it would fend pretty well during Christmas dinner too!
A bit deeper than Ruby Woo but another cult favourite! When I was deciding which reds to keep, I knew Russian Red had to be in there. It’s a dark red with bluer undertones than the classic MAC Lady Danger and although it’s still a matte, I feel like it’s less matte. I find that this one really compliments darker hair.
This is a newer addition to my collection! It’s name is very apt as it’s definitely a brick red. It has more orange undertones and is better for more of a classy, understated look. I think this is a strong contender for my Christmas Day lipstick. This is one is definitely more affordable than the others in my collection and one of the best drugstore red lipsticks I’ve tried.
I wear this one the least, quite honestly because I feel like it’s a ‘special’ one and I don’t want to use it up! Again, it’s a deep red, but very rich. It also feels luxurious, and it’s the only non-matte in my collection. Another contender for Christmas day… If you’re going to use a Chanel lipstick, surely Christmas is the time to do it!?
Are you a red lipstick for Christmas kind of person? What’s your favourite red lipstick?