Party season is perfect for playing around with a new look. We love bright reds and pinks for perfect party lips. Slick on your favourite shade or use your gift vouchers or Christmas money to experiment with a bold new one. We’ve selected a few of our old faithfuls and new loves – take a look below for show-stopping party lips – just in time for New Year’s Eve.

Lady in Red: party lips

Pucker up! Six perfect party lips

As Goop lifestyle queen Gwyneth Paltrow says “Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” Who can argue with that? Here’s six of our faves.

Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple

Our love affair with Revlon Lip Butters continues. These creamy lipsticks are a bargain price and the Candy Apple shade is ideal entry-level lipstick if you’re a red-lip beginner. You’ll be hooked!

Superdrug, £7.99

MAC Lipstick in Diva

A deep berry-coloured, deliciously seductive red. The perfect winter shade and great staying power – try a little at first (we recommend a lip brush for this one) and then layer-up depending on what suits your skin tone.

MAC Cosmetics, £15.50

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang

Wet and glossy, in a very good way. The Apocalips range features a wand applicator that is really easy to slick on and re-touch throughout the evening. This is a feisty red, perfect for perking up a LBD.

Boots, £6.49

Clarins Rouge Eclat in Pink Berry

Somewhere between matt and slight shine, these Clarins lipsticks are a bit more pricey, but gorgeous to wear. This deep pinky-red is ideal if you want a bit of colour but aren’t ready to go full-on vamp.

John Lewis, £19.50

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper

Glides on like a gloss, but actually has a lovely matte finish – lush! Lots of bright reds and pinks available, but we love this fiery Hot Pepper shade.

FeelUnique.com, £8.99

NARS Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio

An explosive, bold red (as the name implies!) – pop it on for a real power pout. The matte finish looks extremely polished.

House of Fraser, £20

Those are our top 6 picks for perfect party lips. What’s your favourite lipstick shade? Share with us @tweetjanes.


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