Holiday Beauty: Reds for Lips and Nails

December 3, 2014

The holiday season is in full swing and I have another holiday inspired beauty post to share with you today. Last month I shared some Champagne and Gold Shimmer favorites from Nordstrom. I’m a neutral makeup lover at heart but still like to like to wear brighter colors. Red is very much in season although finding a good red nail color is easy with so many good options, finding a good red lip can be challenging for me. I have full lips that tend to pull a lot of pink with lipsticks and glosses. Many reds can be too bright, pull orange, or turn fuchsia pink if they have too much blue.

I’ve pulled seven of my favorite reds ranging from soft pink red to a deep berry red for lips that I’d recommend for neutral lip lovers. They have enough pigment for those who want a bolder lip, but still natural enough to be wearable for even the most conservative makeup wearer.

If you’re super scared of red, opt for a pink red. YSL Volupté Sheer Candy Succulent Pomegranate #4 (1) is a super sheer but hot pink with some red. It has a sheer glossy finish which makes it more wearable. Burberry Oxblood Lip Glow Lip Gloss (2) looks super dark in the tube but has a jelly finish making it a super sheer jelly pink red.

If you’re braver for more color, NARS Tech Fashion Gloss Shade IV (3) is a warm red, there is a hint of a natural shimmer in it making it not a pure red. The warmth also makes it softer.

For those who want a true red with shine, I’d recommend Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Seduction (4) which stays put quite well for a gloss formula. It’s layerable for rich color but still has a hint of pink making it a youthful red. NARS Burning Love Lip Gloss (5) is a true red that packs a punch. For a gloss, this is also very pigmented. This is the true-est red I have that is the perfect in between of warm and cool. For me, this is the perfect holiday red.

If you want a lush brighter red, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Sugar Cherry (6) is surprisingly pigmented on the lips. Swatched on the arms or hands it looks like it will barely show up, but the Fresh Sugar Lips tend to adhere really well to the lips which brings out the color. This one just glows.

For those who want a deeper berry red, Burberry Beauty Lip Mist in Oxblood (7) is as perfect as it gets for deep reds. It’s a hybrid gel formula so it’s supposed to be sheer, but the formula hugs the lips and swiping back and forth brings out the color. Burberry Blueberry Lip Mist is a redder and deeper option. Oxblood also comes in a more pigmented Lip Cover version as well.

If you still are convinced you can’t pull of red lips but still want to wear red, nail polish is the easiest way to incorporate a bit of red into your holiday beauty routine. The best thing about red nail polish is that it’s timeless. There’s no need to buy a new color if you already own reds, you can always shop your stash from spring or summer. That being said, I do always look forward to what brands release each holiday for their version of what they think is the latest and greatest modern red. Three I’m loving right now include:

Burberry Oxblood is re-promoted this season with gold packaging for holiday. It’s a jelly deep oxblood color. Two coats will give you a deep plum red. Chanel Expression (from late fall) is the perfect hybrid of red and pink. On me it definitely leans more red, but the pink tone brightens the colors and makes the hands look alive (not drab). YSL Rouge Pablo was a release from spring. It’s a bright and very warm red but festive.

Some inspiration on what to coordinate with a red lip. Keep the eyes and cheeks simple since the statement color will be on your lips. Neutral earthy eyes can be dressed up with deeper smokey browns or blacks.  For cheeks, I’ve always found earthy, peachy or soft bronzed colors work well with any undertone of red.

Do you like to wear reds for lips and nails for holiday? Please let me know what your favorite go-to’s are! Or if you have any new recent discoveries I’d love to hear about those too.

Special thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. Burberry Oxblood Lip Glow, Lip Mist and Nail Polish were provided for review consideration. All other items purchased by me. As always, all opinions are my own. For more info, you can refer to my Disclosures.

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  • Candice Petersen December 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    These are gorgeous

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Fancy Nancy December 3, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    those nail polishes are to die for. the application looks so smooth!

    Fancy Nancy’s YouTube

  • Aerie Berrie December 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Love neutral lids and a wing with reds! x

    BerrieBlogs {beauty blog}

  • Jen27 December 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Gorgeous picks! I love the full spectrum of reds you've shared here 🙂

  • Thao, T. P, Nguyen December 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I'm loving a combination of strong brows, light contour and deep red lip for this season. It's gorgeous.

  • Anonymous December 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Great comparison. Thank you! I love Chanel reds, especially the deeper cool reds. They are my go to lip colors when I'm feeling bold and festive. Chanel red nails work all the time 🙂

  • Jacq H December 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    (2) is lip glow?

    • Sabrina December 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks Jacq! Corrected in post 🙂

  • Agata December 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you for putting this collection together. I am new to wearing red lips so the first 3 choices sound perfect to me!

  • Colleen December 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Absolutely lovely post! The perfect red can be such a tricky thing to find, this is so insightful. Great job!

    xoxo, http://www.leathervslace.com

  • Stacy December 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Such a great collection!!!!! Red is always look soooo festive!


  • Clever Girl Reviews December 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I've really liked Chanel's LE red for the holiday as well as Guerlain's holiday reds. I haven't picked either of them up unfortunately! I'm pretty sold on Cherry after seeing it on your lips. I'd also recommend Lipstick Queen Medieval for anyone looking for a balmy, juicy, sheer pink spiked red.

  • Annabel B December 3, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Chanel reds just can't be beaten for me. Rouge Noir is one of my most used polishes.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Sabrina December 9, 2014 at 2:11 am

      You're right, Chanel does do great reds!

  • Evelyn December 4, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Reds really are my favorite, I'm thinking I need to get the Nars gloss before it disappears! My favorite red to wear is Hourglass' Icon which is such a nice deep red but Estee Lauder's Vengeful Red is also a favorite amongst all the reds I've collected. lol

    • Sabrina December 9, 2014 at 2:12 am

      Hi Evelyn, I will definitely need to check out Hourglass Icon, I'm a huge fan of their lip products!

  • Amber Rhodes December 4, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Love the dark berry lips, which is something I'm always too scared to wear! They're all lovely.

  • Lori Jenkins December 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Sabrina, have you tried the new Guerlain KissKiss lipsticks? SO many pretty reds. I'm wanting red insolence and it's always sold out. It's a transparent warm red, it looks perfect for someone easily overwhelmed to wear red!

    • Sabrina December 9, 2014 at 2:12 am

      Hi Lori, I have tried a couple of the new KissKiss lipsticks and love them! Yes so many gorgeous reds from the line, but of course I went for the neutrals first lol 🙂

  • Anonymous December 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    The red Chanel polish is beautifull, my Chanel girl had this on her nails and it looks modern and clean.
    Goes on my wishlist for christmas!
    Greetings from Germany

    • Sabrina December 9, 2014 at 2:13 am

      Hi Susanne! I hope Santa brings you the nail polish this Christmas 🙂

  • Maddy Lines December 6, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Super selection,especially love the nars burning love lipgloss !