So, you’re attending an upcoming holiday party; the perfect opportunity to try that Vogue inspired sultry look you’ve been thinking about.  If you’re not in the mood for a smoky eye or a winged liner, how about trying an unexpected lip colour? Simple to apply, quick to touch up, and sure to make the festive statement you’re looking for.

Shades of dark red and burgundy are best for the holidays. Prep your lips the night before by brushing them with a soft toothbrush, then moisturize (we have some suggestions, below!). When choosing a lipstick, make sure to source a shade that works with your skin tone – a great way to figure out what works is to spend time testing in the store. The right shade will light up your face and flatter your skin.

Some of our favourite shades that work for most include:

NARS Hardwired Lipstick in Deadly Catch: Created just in time for the holidays, this shade is the perfect high impact holiday red.

MAC Classic Lipstick in Dark Side: This deep burgundy shade will add a dramatic effect. Pair with a shimmery gold gloss on top.

Benefit Hydra Smooth in Frisky Business: We love a lipstick that adds its own moisturizing elements, and Benefit does just that! This full coverage dark red is complete with a iridescent nude undertone.

Add a touch of translucent powder to elongate the wear of your lip colour and finish with a dab of clear gloss if you choose. You’re set to enjoy that party!

P.S.: There is nothing worse than applying a bold, especially dark, lip colour on top of chapped lips. Keep moisturized this season with our top picks of lip balms sure to satisfy every budget.

Burt’s Bees: Simple, classic and inexpensive. An invigorating minty scent and available almost everywhere!

Lush Lip Service: At around $7, this affordable and delicately citrusy balm is a must have! Made with olive oil, cocoa and shea butter, you can use this product on dry cuticles and skin cracks too!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: If you’re looking to splurge on a lip treatment, this is definitely the best pick. At $22.50, Fresh’s ultra nourishing lip treatment smooths and protects, complete with SPF 15. Go for the classic or try one of the tinted sticks. Ruby Tinted would be perfect for the holidays!