Cocktail & Lipstick Pairings

Cocktails and lipsticks

When it comes to Christmas, there is nothing we look forward to more than dressing up for a long-awaited night out and the first slurp of a deliciously indulgent seasonal cocktail (and a mince pie or two). Party season is the perfect opportunity to up the glamour stakes with your beauty look and add a festive finishing touch to your makeup, whether it’s a sultry smoky eye, a pop of winter blush or a dusting of grown-up glitter. One classic Christmas look we find ourselves returning to time and again is a party lip that’s more daring and adventurous than our everyday style. And, our favourite new way to wear it is by matching it to our festive drink. Read on to discover how to match the most popular seasonal cocktails to your lipstick, stain or gloss…

Champagne & A Slick Of Shimmer

Fabulously celebratory, a glass of bubbles immediately marks the occasion as a special one and is an excuse to party in itself, so no wonder it’s a staple at every Christmas ‘do. And what’s better to pair it with than a slick of shimmery lipstick or gloss? Since its 90s heyday, the sparkly stuff has come a long way and now comes in a variety of wearable, non-sticky formulations. Sascha Jackson, Stila UK’s Lead Pro Artist recommends different shades to suit your skin tone, ‘for fair skin try pale pinks and peaches, while coral and orange undertones look gorgeous on medium and olive toned skin and reds and berry shades suit deeper tones.’ We love Lipstick Queen’s jewel-toned The Metals Lipstick in Metal Nude that’s packed with hydrating vitamin E and apricot kernel oil and leaves you with a beautiful sheen, or Delilah’s Colour Gloss in Ghost for a sumptuous pearlescent sheen.

Bloody Mary & A Pop Of Red

Our cocktail of choice for the morning-after a Bloody Mary (or a Virgin Mary if you prefer the non-alcoholic version) uniquely combines both sweet and spicy flavours. Much like its main ingredient, a tomato toned lip can instantly enliven your complexion and distract attention away from lacklustre skin that’s suffered from a lack of sleep. One of the most daunting things about wearing a bright red lip is the fear of it bleeding or feathering during the day. Dryness is one of the main causes, so prep your mouth by buffing away flakes with a scrub and rehydrate with a balm to create a smooth base. Next, use a liner like Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner in Raven to ‘fill in your whole lip, this creates a sticky base that will help keep your lipstick in place and acts like a barrier to bleeding,’ says Sascha. Finally, finish by blotting off lipstick so to avoid any excess transferring to your teeth and don’t forget ‘the old failsafe trick of popping your finger in your mouth, closing your lips and pulling your finger out,’ says Sascha. Three of our favourites for a timeless winter red are Laura Mercier’s Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Portofino Red, Rodin’s Luxury Lipstick in Tough Tomato and Tom Ford Lip Colour in Neotropic.

Old Fashioned & Burnt Orange

Since the first recorded reference in 1806, Old Fashioned cocktails have become a staple in bar menus around the world. Combining zesty orange with whisky, sugar and bitters it makes for a delightfully simple concoction that suits every occasion. The unusual pumpkin hue of the drink matches a warm brown toned or burnt orange lipstick perfectly. There are so many variations to choose from including terracotta and brick to a dusky coral but if you naturally have a strong pigment in your lips, ‘start by neutralising it with a concealer before applying to really make your mouth pop and show off the true colour of your lipstick,’ advises Jutheanne, Space NK’s Pro Artist. For a matte finish, try Laura Mercier’s much-loved Viva Cuba Velour Extreme in Chicas that comes in a handy bullet form, or Rodial’s Suede Lips jumbo crayon enriched with vitamin E in burgundy shade Power Play. If you’re concerned about your teeth looking yellow, opt for a slightly browner hue like Nars Powermatte Lip Luster in Pierce.

Mulled Wine & Berry Kisses

If you tried to picture Christmas in drink form, the first thing that comes to mind is mulled wine. This aromatic tipple instantly puts you in the festive spirit and pairs perfectly with a deep berry lip. From vampy mulberry tones and sultry oxblood to fresh cranberry, there are so many wearable variations of berry, you can easily find a shade to suit you. Begin by considering your undertone, those with a pink skin tone should opt for a lipstick with a blue undertone like Nars Lipstick in Red Lizard, while yellow undertones should try more of an orange toned berry shade like Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bacca, to stop you looking too washed out. Feeling a little intimidated about going full berry? Jutheanne recommends patting on your chosen shade to create a softer stained effect, rather than applying straight from the bullet.