Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Reds and Berries

A festive makeup look wouldn't be complete with a bold berry or red lip. As soon as the first of December hits I start to switch my usual nude everyday lipsticks for my favourite berry and red offerings. Today, I have put together a few of the lipsticks that I have floating around my makeup bag ready to be applied in the run up to Christmas. 

T H E  R E D S | Without a doubt I know that I will be rocking a red lip on the big day, probably in the form of the the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. This vivid matte blue-red glides on the lips and sits comfortably for hours without budging; perfect for those long Christmas parties. Another matte favourite of mine is MAC's Ruby Woo, another blue toned red that is easily worn, compliments a variety of skintones and makes your teeth appear whiter - bonus! Liquid lipsticks are really having their moment right now and so many brands have jumped on the bandwagon. 

H&M recently bought out their Velvet Matte Lip Creams and since then I have been smitten. Le Beau Monde- an intense red often compared to that of Sephora's Always Red- makes the lips appear fuller and stays put for several hours. Although it flakes and isn't the best formula on the market, if you're looking for an affordable offering then this will be your best bet. 

Now I know ultra matte lips aren't for everyone, but lipsticks that have a moisturising formula and still gives off a strong wash of colour are hard to come by. The Clinique Pop Lip Colours offer an array of shades, but the hue that I cannot get enough of is Passion Pop. Unlike other red lipsticks, I find this one to be hydrating, long wearing and comfortable to wear. Even though it has a great colour pay off, I never feel like it's too OTT to wear.

If you're a red lip newbie and you're after something a little more subtle for the Christmas party, then the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Coral has your back. It gives of a slight wash of colour, moisturising the lips as it goes. 

T H E  B E R R I E S | Although my makeup collection is full to the brim of purple and berry hued lipsticks, there are only a handful that are vivid enough to wear on a night out. After the usual Clinique Pop Lip Colour in Plum Pop and MAC's Diva, there are two shades that I cannot get enough of during the festive season.

The Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick in Berry Much is one of, if not my favourite, lipsticks for the Autumn and Winter months. With a creamy formula, I can easily line and fill the lips; perfect if you're after a quick fix. It can be applied straight from the pencil to create a bold and defined lip or it can be lightly blended to create a more subtle look. 

Lastly the H&M Velvet Lip Cream in Dare Me is a new addition to my collection and one that I wouldn't usually opt for. The liquid lipstick formula has a matte finish that means that it lasts a lifetime on the lips, but you do have to compromise on any moisturising attributes. 

What are your favourite red and berry lipsticks for the festive season?

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