2016 Holiday Party Lip Looks: The Best Lipsticks and Lip Colors for Every Christmas Party

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The holiday season is in full swing, and you know what that means- holiday beauty looks! Aside from the abundance of baked goods, Christmas party makeup looks are one of our favorite things about the holiday season.

This year statement lip colors and bold lip looks have been popular, and boy are we loving this trend! You can never go wrong with a bold lipstick to complement your holiday party makeup look. Well you can, but we’re here to guide you in the right direction! Keep on reading if you’d like to see some of our favorite holiday party lip looks.

Holiday Lipstick Ideas

Consider these celebrity lipstick looks to make a splash at your next holiday party!

Ever consider a glitter lip? This trend isn’t for the faint of heart, but is so incredibly gorgeous when worn with confidence! Naomi Campbell wore one of Pat McGrath’s Lust Lip Kits for a killer glitter lip look on the red carpet at the MTV VMA’s.

Gigi Hadid rocked a stunning coral lip thanks to Maybelline’s All Fired Up and Nude Thrill.

Ariana Grande’s makeup artist mixed the Merry liner from Kylie Cosmetics and the Metal Lipstick in Dancer for the perfect deep berry shade.

Going for a brick-tones crimson, Anne Hathaway opted for Votre Vu’s French Kiss Lipstick in Margaux.

Jlo mixed L’Oreal’s Infallible Lip Paints in Nude Star and Spicy Blush for her ideal nude.

Keep Your Perfect Pout in Place

A bold lip shade sounds fab in theory, but if you’ve ever worn a bold lipstick to a party then you know that it can be tough to keep it place all night. Lipsticks, no matter what color, will rub off on things- collars, (other) lips, teeth, glasses… the list goes on. The only difference is that when you’re wearing a statement color, the wear and tear of your lipstick is a lot a more noticeable. Afraid of a lipstick mishap halfway through your office holiday party? These holiday party lipstick tricks will keep your lips in perfect shape all night long!

#1. Keep your lips to yourself

Avoid transferring your holiday party lipstick to the cheeks of your loved ones by setting it with a translucent matte powder, or a powder blush that’s a similar color. This trick will mattify your lipstick and reduce moisture, which will prevent it from transferring onto other surfaces.

#2. Don’t get it on your glass

Though the powder trick should work to stop lipstick transfer onto your glass, you can also try this: lick the rim before you take a sip. Makeup.com says that “your saliva will act as a barrier and prevent the lipstick from coming off on the glass.”

#3. Don’t compromise your photo ops

The biggest risk with wearing a bold lip is posing for a picture (don’t try to avoid it, it’s inevitable) and later realizing that your smile revealed a mouthful of berry- stained teeth. To avoid this nightmare, put your clean index finger in your mouth, close your lips around it, and slide it out. This will remove any remaining lipstick on the inside on your lips, and save your pearly whites from being stained.


“The Holiday Party Lipstick Tricks You Can’t Live Without,” Makeup.com web site, January 3, 2014; http://www.makeup.com/party-lipstick-tricks, last accessed December 12, 2016.
M. Mychaskiw., “10 Celebrity Lipsticks to Turn Your Holiday Party Into a Red Carpet Affair,” InStyle web site, November 29, 2016; https://www.babble.com/beauty/this-seasons-sexiest-lipstick-shades-for-your-holiday-party/, last accessed December 12, 2016.