5 Statement Lip Colors for Holiday Party Season

Nairi Najarian

The pressure is on to pin down your holiday party makeup strategy. For the same reason why you don’t want to repeat cocktail dresses, you don’t want to be caught wearing the same face for every fête. An easy way to manage the mayhem? Lipsticks. Plan to rotate your tried-and-trues with a mix of never-been-kissed seasonal colors you'll be itching to debut over the holidays. Not only will they make party looks pop from mistletoe to midnight, but it’s also the one time of the year when your makeup can be festive on purpose. Need proof that lipstick really can make a difference? See how five holiday party looks get transformed with Clinique's new Lip Pop collection.

Slide left to right to see Clinique’s Lip Pop take these holiday party looks from flop to pop. 

HOW TO POP IT: You should certainly start thinking about pink as a cooler, more versatile alternative to red for the holidays. Save this powdery shade (Clinique Lip Pop in Wow Pop) for your upcoming NYE party (the one that’s destined to be epic, confetti and all) and add a couple of coats of a bold green mascara to your bottom lashes for that once-a-year photo op.

HOW TO POP IT: The question on everyone’s mind: How do you make a nude lip pop? Easy. Use Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer wand to contour around the mouth, and then apply equal parts Bare Pop and Beige Pop with a lip brush for a shimmery and creamy finish. Dust on a bronze shadow to subtly smoke out the eyes, and this look is ready for midnight.

HOW TO POP IT: Red—sure, it gets the job done all year round, but how do you push the envelope for the holidays? Brighten your Cupid’s bow with a highlighter (try Clinique Up-lighting™ Liquid Illuminator) first, go for a glossy/frosty eye, and add two coats of Clinique’s velvety Passion Pop.

HOW TO POP IT: There’s nothing mellow about a melon-kissed lip! Still in the coral family but a touch tawnier in pigment, this lip hue must adapt to its surroundings. Deeper tones like emerald, gray, and gold pair well with this playful lip that’s perfect for a festive cocktail hour.

HOW TO POP IT: A plum, almost wine-stained pout is often deemed the cosmetic climax if you’re looking to turn heads at your next formal fête. The trick to making an already standout hue shut the night down? Break the rules. Pull your hair away from your face in a sleek pony, and challenge the status quo by wearing a red dress.

Which festive lip color will you debut this party season? Tell us in the comments below. 

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