Christmas Red – The Best Red Lips For The Season

I am all about a bold red lip at Christmas time.

Actually, I am all about a bold red lip most of the time.


I wear Julie Hewett Rouge Noir – the perfect true red – almost every day at the moment, and it has been my go to red lip since it first came out back in the 90’s. I wonder how many tubes of it I have gone through over the years?? It’s either scary to think about, or glorious. Not sure which!

If you are shopping for a new red, or looking for a great stocking stuffer, here are my all time favorite red lipsticks. (with online shopping links)

1.MAC Ruby Woo

This has got to be one of the greatest red lipsticks ever. Period.

It has a blue base, so if you are a blue-red girl don’t even question it, just get it. It’s fabulous.

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Ruby Woo

2. This next one is my personal red lipstick  

Julie Hewett Rouge Noir.

A perfect true red lip.

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Julie Hewett Rouge Noir

3. Lime Crime Red Velvet

I’m pretty obsessed with this velvet finish, deep red lip. It’s a cult classic, and there’s nothing quite like it out there.

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4. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense M8
Another really fantastic red lip. Intensely pigmented, this one gives color with a punch, and it lasts and lasts.
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5. Not a blue-red girl? Well if you are an orange-red girl then this is a fantastic, vibrant lipstick for you.

MAC Lady Danger

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Lady Danger

6. Nars Jungle Red 

This one is a 1950s, silver screen movie star red lip. Muah.

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7. Inglot Perfect Red Lips Number 126
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Christmas Party Makeup Tips

 I absolutely love Christmas parties! 

Or to be politically correct, holiday parties.

With party season in full swing here are some tips for the perfect Christmas party makeup.

 1. It all starts with your complexion.
Make sure your skin is exfoliated and well hydrated, and then use a silicone based foundation to give the skin a lumious quality. Powdery foundations and crushed mineral foundations seldom make the skin glow – they normally make it dull.

2. Add a little luminizer.
Run a small amount of luminizer along the top of the cheekbone and up through the temple area. They idea is to give light something to pop off, not to make the skin look glittery or frosty.

Catarina Lopez by Eric Cassee
Makeup Corinna Cooke
Hair Will Zecco

3. Accent the brow.
Add some definition and accent to the brow, to waken the eye and add some drama.
NOTE: this does not mean do an instagram squared brow. They look ridiculous. Need a good brow model to emulate? Look at Dita Von Teese – girlfriend invariably gives good brow.

Dita gives good brow…

4. Line your upper eyelid.
A winged eyeliner is perfect for a Christmas party. Use a cream/gel formula and a crisp, precise brush to create a defined eye. Finish your look with multiple coats of mascara and some outer corner lashes.

5. Choose a matte red lip.
Offset your glowing complexion, defined brow and gently accented eye with a full blown gorgeous, bold red matte lip. 
I love blue based reds at Christmas time, such as MAC Ruby Woo or Lime Crime Velveteen Red Velvet
If you can’t wear a blue based red, use your regular red lipstick, but give it some extra depth by using a darker liner.