15 Ways to Shake Up Your Red Lipstick This Holiday Season
Red is as common during the holidays as supermarket Santas. Not to mention stressed-out shoppers and “ugly” sweaters. A touch of red brings festive cheer and elegance to any makeup look. But even a classic red lipstick can sometimes make us feel uninspired when we break it out yet again for the holiday season. Which begs the question: Is there a unique way to wear red lipstick?
We’re glad you asked. The short answer? Yes. When it comes to standout holiday beauty looks, it’s about choosing more unexpected things to complement your red lipstick of choice or enhancing different parts of your face. You should also consider favoring more unconventional shades. Like bold berry hues. It can also come down to technique. There’s never been a better time to try out the blurred lip look. Treat your lips like your nails by experimenting with negative space.
Keep your holiday beauty game fresh all season long with these out-of-the-box ways to wear red lipstick. If you want to keep on rocking them after New Year’s Day, go right ahead. Hey, there’s a reason red lipstick is a classic.
Glossy red lips are a holiday staple. Shake things up by reaching for a marvelous matte lipstick in a classic red hue.
Instead of opting for a high-shine ruby red hue, try a high-shine raspberry pout.
Swipe on a glossy red lipstick, but leave the inner corners of your mouth basically bare. Keep the rest of your makeup look minimal to let your kisser take center stage.
Make your pucker pop by lining your go-to red lipstick with a berry lip liner. Slightly blend the two for a blurred effect.
Red and green may be a classic combo, but color theory tells us that red and blue are pretty primary colors. For a unique holiday makeup look, try royal blue eyeshadow accenting flicked black liner and wispy lashes. A kiss of cherry red lipstick looks jolly good with these eyes.
White plus red is one of the freshest combinations and offers distinct holiday vibes. For a flattering look, try sheer white eyeliner on the upper lash lines paired with a satin red lipstick. Adding a touch of eye gloss brings more dimension and couldn't be trendier.
Reminder: Holiday makeup is about more than eyes and lips. Offset a deep red lipstick with a cotton candy pink blush. Try a draping technique for a cool contoured effect. It'll combat winter's tendency to turn skin sallow and dull.
The gravity-defying pompadour is a bold holiday hairstyle and it's even better paired with a pigmented red lipstick and winged red eyeshadow. It's fire.
Glitter takes a red lip from basic to prismatic. Keep it mess-free with a shimmering lip gloss. A wash of deep pink eyeshadow adds more romance without distracting from the dazzling kisser.
More of a traditionalist? Keep the green eyeshadow and red lipstick, but make the classic combo special by selecting more muted shades like this blackened green eyeshadow and burgundy lipstick.
Black eyeliner plus red lipstick just may be the most timeless makeup pairing. Put your stamp on it by trying different eyeliner shapes, such as this floating negative space eyeliner that's in the creases. Trade in classic red lipstick for berry. Definitely round it out with one statement earring.
A grunge aesthetic for the holidays? Why not? Rather than the traditional brights, decorate eyes with deeper, more muted tones.
It's party time so up the ante with an exaggerated royal blue cat eye. It's the perfect partner for a coral red lip color.
Sparkle and red lipstick are holiday essentials, so why not combine them together? Bedazzle eyes with frosty silver sparkle from lids to brows. A candy red pout balances the shine.
Snow queens make for great makeup inspiration, but so do Renaissance princesses. For a romantic holiday beauty look, pair oxblood red lipstick with copper eyeshadow. It's your call if you want to add the crimped curls.