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When you’re shopping on-the-go, there’s nothing worse than buying lipstick that is just all wrong when you try to wear it the next day. The upside of an otherwise bleak result is that it doesn’t necessarily mean you should always avoid that color. More often than not, it’s because the shade simply doesn’t compliment your skin’s undertones. The stakes are particularly high for finding lipsticks that flatter cool undertones because a wrong turn can leave you looking washed out instead of party-ready.
Not sure if you’ve got cool undertones? Well if you do, the veins in your forearm look blue instead of green. Silver jewelry also fares better than gold and sun exposure is more likely to leave you burned. And since November begins tomorrow—seriously, where did the year go?!—you might as well start swatching lipstick colors for those inevitable holiday soirees. If you’re already overwhelmed by the possibilities, we gathered options that will make your look all the more festive and complement your cool side. Of course, we included the popular red and wine hues, but we’ve also thrown in a few dare-to-be-different shades like purple and blue.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Ballerina Blackout
A bubblegum pink pout is always in, even when your backdrop is snow or sleet.
$18 at Sephora
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Insomniac
We recommend pairing this gorgeous teal shade with a relatively neutral outfit so it can really pop.
$20 at Sephora
Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in Stiletto
Although red is a traditional holiday hue, we are completely obsessed with this bright, creamy option that won’t crack or flake.
$26 at Nudestix
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb
We can’t forget the classic nude. This one has a tint of beige that makes it flattering.
$23 at Bite Beauty
Colourpop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Infinite Best
We wait all year long to rock a wine-colored lip. This rich-pigmented formula is a steal.
$6 at Colourpop Cosmetics
Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Roxy
If anyone knows color, it’s Kat Von D. This liquid formula is super opaque and will last all night long.
$20 at Sephora
Honest Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Love
This vegan formula doesn’t disappoint and the crimson pigment is too good to pass up.
$13 at Honest Beauty
MAC Cosmetics Fireworks Drama Blast Lipstick in Destined for Stardom
One of my favorite shimmering shades to date. This frosted silver shade has just enough shimmer to be festive without overdoing it.
$20 at Nordstrom
NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Cabaret Show
Upgrade your standard nude with this dusty rose pick. It has the slightest hint of pink that makes you double-take.
$7 at Ulta
Tom Ford Lip Color in Night Mauve
Not sure which lip color to pick for your holiday festivities? This winterberry is a safe, but still super pretty choice.
$54 at Netaporter
NARS Lipstick in Sex Shuffle
This glimmering lipstick gives us all the old school feels. It’s like the high-sheen, glittery lipgloss you couldn’t stop swiping on in high school…but way better.
$26 at NARS Cosmetics
Urban Decay Vice Lip Chemistry in Streak
This balm-like lip tint adjusts to the wearer within minutes leaving you with a practically-perfect coral-kissed pout.
$22 at Ulta
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Explorer
Okay, so this navy lip may be a bit out of the box, but hear us out. It stays put, doesn’t bleed and keeps lips hydrated. Plus the budget-friendly price tag makes it worth a shot, right?
$7 at Target
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