the red lip

As much as I have been enjoying reading the end-of-year reflective posts on other blogs, I thought I would keep it light around here and go to the other (read: superficial) end of the spectrum for my last post this year.

Slightly ironic too, since this is somewhat aimed for those who might be getting glam-ed up for a NYE party, which is not quite how I will be spending my evening… but nevertheless, I will most likely dab on one of the below for my celebratory night in with my husband and friends.

So, I have a borderline unhealthy relationship with lip products, in that I own far too many and am always lusting after more. Although I probably own a bit too much make up in general (I am a self-confessed beauty junkie), I am actually not very adventurous with how I do my face.

The only way I go bold is with the lips. Am I successfully justifying my overflowing collection of lipsticks yet?

My favourite, especially during the holiday season, is the classic red lip. To me it’s a foolproof, timeless look that can jazz up even the most simple of outfits, and as long as you don’t do too much with the red of your face, you can get away with it day or night.

Please don’t be horrified to know that these five are not the only reds I own (!!), but they are my current top picks.

On the very left is Topshop’s Velvet Lip in Velveteen Ribbon. This stuff will glue itself on your lips, ideal for a night filled with food and drink. It can be a little drying, giving that truly velvety effect, but you can always pop on a little lip balm (my favourite is Nuxe Rêve de Miel, it has a matte finish) if it bothers you.

The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is my newest addition (shopping with an enabling friend has its consequences!), a beautiful burgundy colour that has pretty good staying power and is incredibly easy to apply.

Possibly the longest lasting of the lot is the Stay Pout lipstick by Seventeen in Rule Breaker, a more berry shade that is also matte and absolutely will not budge from your lips. Considering this is only £4.49, the quality is impressive.

The truest reds that I own are probably these following two.

The Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipsticks by Rimmel are understandably very popular, and the one above is in the shade 01. It’s a brighter red than the other cult favourite which I also wear and love (107), and it probably suits every single complexion. The last one is the much loved Russian Red from MAC, you really can’t go wrong with this one.

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate the beginning of 2014, I hope you enjoy every minute of it – and maybe you can sport a bold lip and leave a big kiss mark on someone at midnight.

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  • Reply Angela Bowron

    i have those last two lipsticks, they're fab! i really like Mac Red too, it's not too drying.

    December 30, 2013 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Jane

    i got adventurous and actually started putting lipstick on earlier this year. isn't that crazy? i'm still playing around with red — these suggestions are so helpful! happy new year to you!

    December 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Kam

    Is the Nars lip pencil good? I use Nars lipstick but can never get it to stay on so thinking a lip pencil may help?! I picked up some Tom Ford lipsticks on my recent travels and love them!Kam | A Married Couple & Their Travels

    December 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply jennie

    Ahh they all look beautiful, especially Cruella – such a good name for the colour too! Jennie xo |

    December 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    Such bold colors!! But they are all lovely red colored!!!Have a Happy New Year Miho, I hope all your dreams and wishes come true!

    December 31, 2013 at 4:08 am
  • Reply Laura Hyatt

    I love the Nars one, such a glamour shade xHeroine In Heels

    January 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Mel Davies

    The Nars lip pencil looks so gorgeous, I've been unable to decide on a shade but Cruella looks perfect, and unlike anything else in my collectionlillies and lipbalm

    January 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    Ummmm you should definitely post more about beauty products, especially if you have lots! I LOVED this!! I also think a good red lip is the most classic look and I am really happy to hear your recommendations! I'm actually going to try them out :] I LOVE lipsticks (you totally justified yourself btw!) but that lipgloss with the velvety finish sounds perfect. As does the matte finish chapstick, which I for SURE have to invest in! THANK YOU!

    January 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm
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