No matter what other trends are occupying my life come December, there’s always one beauty tradition that I turn to without fail – the bright festive lip. Over the years – and the past few months – I’ve built up quite the collection of Christmassy reds that I like to whip out without restraint during the weeks leading up to Christmas Day.
First up, the most reliable go-to of the group is the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Red Island. Moisturising, yet with really buildable colour, it offers a variety of options – one slick and you’re left with a sheer coat of ruby red, three and you have a strongly-coloured festive lip.
The next is a newer addition to my lipstick stash – Georgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in Teatro – which has been slicked on my lips almost every day during the past week. The colour is a beautifully rich red, the product is pigmented but not heavy and the lipstick hangs around on your lips for the longest time without budging a bit. Much like my other favourite non-mover, MAC Lady Danger. The most orange-y red of the bunch, it’s also the more matte of the group as well and offers a more unique take on the festive red. I find it slightly too drying to wear throughout the day but for a slick of colour during a party, it’s perfect.
Coming in second in the orange list is the Daniel Sandler Micro-Bubble Lipstick in Micro Red, a simple, smooth pillarbox red with just the slightest hint of orange. This bad boy applies quickly and smoothly, hangs around for a reasonable amount of time and manages to stick to the lips rather than drifting off onto other parts of your face which is always handy during a festive party (and generally during day-to-day life). One to pop into your handbag for any lipstick-related emergencies.
Two shimmery options up next – the Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Topaze Ecstasy and the Max Factor Colour Effect Flipstick in Salsa Red – both of which add a tiny bit of festive sparkle to the traditional red lip. While the pinky-red Lancome has just the subtlest shimmer within it, the Max Factor offering allows you to apply the red lip first before slicking over a top coat of shimmery, sheer gold. Definitely one to whip out come Christmas.
What red lippy are you guys loving for the festive season?