Hottest Red Lips for the Holidays?

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nars greek holiday gloss forbidden red velvet matte lip pencil

When you think of traditional holiday makeup, what comes to mind? For me it’s rich red lips. I picture them at dreamy candlelit Christmas parties with lots of little black dresses and crystal glasses filled with bubbly champagne.


I think there’s just something right about the look. A red lip demands attention, but at the same time still looks sophisticated enough for semi-formal holiday party attire.

So will any red suffice? This year I’ve been all about glossy tomato red lips, and my current holiday combo features NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Foridden Red beneath NARS Lip Gloss in Greek Holiday.

nars forbidden red velvet matte lip pencil greek holiday gloss top

I’d love to hear if a red lipstick, gloss or red lip combo has been rocking your holiday this year. Cast a vote (typing VOTE: followed by your vote) for your favorite red holiday lip in the comments…

VOTE: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Forbidden Red topped with NARS Lip Gloss in Greek Holiday

Effortless yet hard to ignore, this glossy red tomato lip look takes the fruit cake as my current favorite holiday red lip. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Maggie says:

    Wow, that is gorgeous. O_O
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… And the winner is… =-.

  2. Rae says:

    VOTE: Paula Dorf Carousel liner topped with Besamé Vanilla lipgloss.

    It’s perfect for my super-cool-toned skin! As for your lip comb, holy CRAP, Karen. That is insanely stunning on you!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Stealin’ photos from Facebook =-.

  3. CC says:

    VOTE: CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor in a deep red, slightly shimmery shade mixed with a hint of the nude shade (I don’t remember the names) to temper it out. I don’t use lip liner with these since they provide enough coverage for me. I’m thinking about trying out CoverGirl’s new Outlast lip color that looks like a marker. I’m going to check the reviews right now!

  4. vote: NARS jungle red liner with MAC ruby woo on top for a BRIGHT blue-red… to make it super flashy you can add a layer of MAC dazzleglass creme in amorous!

    for a deeper, blood-red, MAC brick liner with NARS lip stain gloss in indian red (so buttery when it goes on), paired with NARS moon fleet gloss.
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Freedom, Finally – Thursday Night Shenanigans =-.

  5. emma says:

    Great color on you. On the occasions I wear red, I pull out Nars Diablo. I usually wear it applied sheery, but I know I can vamp it up. It complements my golden-olive coloring. It’s red & slightly glossy, yet still manages to look natural (as natural as red can be on me).

  6. VOTE: Rimmel Lipstick in Frosted under Stila Lip Glaze in Cranberry

    That’s super bold and pretty on you. Intense reds are a little out of my comfort zone so I use the combo above, which I feel is wearable enough for me, but still pretty red if I layer the lip glaze on. I was inspired by your Benefit Gilded under Mac Russian Red post 🙂
    .-= Makeupmorsels’s last blog post… EOTD: Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree ♪♫ =-.

  7. amy says:

    Both MAC Lady Bug (Lustre) and Medusa’s Makeup Lipgloss in Bite Me have been rocking my world lately. I like that Lady Bug is warm and gloss and creamy. It really brings some warmth to my skin tone. I like Bite Me because it is a cool blue based red and it has a bit of gold shimmer it in to bring a little of bling.

    The concoction you have is hot and smoking! I am still lemming to get Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon though.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD Holiday Matte Eyes, Bronze Cheeks and Glossy Red Lips =-.

  8. sharon says:

    I think red lips are chic and ultra feminine like dita von teese. However am usually a bright eyeshadow and blush and nude lip kinda girl.

  9. Sminkan says:

    That looks just awsome on you! beautiful lips and beautiful color!

  10. Shivotra says:


    i love this look on you. i love all kids of bright red lips. so glam and feminine. <3

  11. Shivotra says:

    also if you are looking for an everyday bright red lipgloss try cherryburst juicy tube from lancome.

  12. Karen4 says:

    VOTE: Urban Decay lipliner in Gash, MAC Ruby Darling topped with Ornamental Lustreglass. And may I say, WOW! Karen, your red lips are gorgeous! Happy Holidays!

  13. chamayne says:

    RUBY WOO with a smidge of nightmoth underneath to warm up some of the blue undertones. You’re making me want to put on lipstick and by golly its only 8:21!

  14. DeDe says:

    VOTE: Revlon Colorstay lipcolor in Opulent Garnet topped with MAC dazzleglass creme in amorous!

    The lipstick is so pigmented for a drugstore brand! Pure love.

  15. Kerri K says:

    VOTE: L’oreal Infallible Never Fail Plumping Lip Gloss in Plumped Red.

    (I know, it’s a mouthful!)

    Amber from Beauty Blogging Junkie recommended it, and it is now my go-to for red lips.

  16. Nina says:

    VOTE – its been MAC Russian Red and Stila Lip Glaze in UltaMate for me since December started!

    That and a neutral eye is easy peasy!

  17. Citrine says:

    I like the see red look on other but I personally would just leave my lips alone because I will be doing a lot of eating!
    .-= Citrine’s last blog post… Choo Choo by Jetoy – Cute overload for the cat lovers =-.

  18. nikka says:

    MAC lipstick in RED with MAC lipliner in Cherry and MAC Red Romp lipglass over, OR Smashbox Double Take Lip Color in Cranberry with Smashbox gloss in Spark

  19. Tavia says:

    Hi Karen! If you can believe,today I’m wearing red on my lips. I’ve always said that I don’t look at my best with red lips but I had to test the Max Factor Lipfinity Colour&Gloss in Radiant Red and I’m trying to get use to it. My lips are very small and I think this red lipstick is making them even smaller….so…do you have any advice?:) My friends said that they even like my red lips and it’s a gorgeous chance….but I still doubt the color 😀
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… RMK Modern Collection for Spring-Summer 2010 =-.

  20. Shannon says:

    I am LOVING the hot red with the softness of the gold sparkle!!

  21. Inky says:

    VOTE: Illamasqua’s Box Red – yummy matte perfection with Clinque’s Quickliner in Rich Red.

  22. Karen B says:

    Awww gorgeous! If only Santa could drop some nars in my stocking…

  23. Veky says:

    Lovely lips! 🙂
    I have exactly shade like this one but it’s Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in shade #75 (Dragon). Love it! 🙂

  24. Amanda says:

    really pretty combo. I need to do more blue based reds however. I’m going to cheat and vote for two. 🙂
    VOTE: besame red…classic, dramatic
    VOTE: lipstick queen medevial topped with Fresh sugar gloss in sugar rush…softer, sheerer, pretty for day.

  25. Komal says:

    VOTE: MAC Brave Red

    At least thats what I have. I’m not actually brave enough to wear it!

  26. Stef says:

    VOTE: Urban Decay Gash

    It’s not a tomato red, but it’s easy to wear, almost a neutral and yet still red!

  27. BlovetBeauty says:

    love the intensity of these red hot lips!
    .-= BlovetBeauty’s last blog post… LIME CRIME, MAC, My Makeup Bag & Great Weird Anime:) =-.

  28. Glosslizard says:

    VOTE: Chanel Rouge Allure Lacque in Dragon!

    I just wore this out for my anniversary with shimmery champagne lids and a cat-eye via Lorac Front of the Line liner! For super-wattage, I like to top it with Chanel Goldlights glossimer!

  29. Jen says:

    That looks AMAZING! One of my New Year’s resolution is to wear more red lipstick. This combo will have to be added to my rotation!
    .-= Jen’s last blog post… Holiday ’09 Eye Makeup Ideas: Christopher Del Castillo, MAC =-.

  30. myrna says:

    awesomee…i love it 🙂

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