Give the Gift of Gorgeous Lips with These Great Holiday Lip Kits

Lip palettes are the perfect solution for a variety of gift giving needs. They often fit in stockings, are great for an affordable small gift, or can be packaged with other beauty items to make a nice beauty gift box.  Pick up a few items, put them in a tissue covered holiday box or bag, and you are ready to go! Here are a few neat holiday lip items that any woman would love.

With the onset of winter, lip balm and gloss see higher than normal use and the Ulta 10 Piece Mini Lip Gloss Set is perfect for anyone on a budget. At $14.99, it offers a great selection of glosses in a cute little set.

Ulta lip gloss gift set

For a bit of everything, the Sephora Favorites, Give Me Some Lip Set consists of  six best selling lip items. This is great for a wrapped gift, as the box is a nice gift size.

Sephora give me some lip

For a nice stocking stuffer, grab the Korres Lip Butter Trio. This set of three natural lip balms is great for winter lip care.

Korres lip butter trio

As a small gift of for a stocking the Bare Minerals Keychain Kisses set is an adorable and unique gift.

Bare Minerals Keychain

For a bit of luxury, try the Nars Kudoki Kabuki set. This pretty little box of lip pots comes with a unique brush and exclusive limited edition packaging.

Nars kabuki

Great lips never go out of style, making lip items an easy to give gift!

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Nars Holiday Collection

The Nars Holiday Collection this year has a modern kabuki theme. The collection of  luxury beauty items were personally curated by François Nars himself, who had this to say about the collection:

“I am completely fascinated by Kabuki theatre; the makeup and costumes are especially beautiful. My attraction to this art form led to the creation of this Collection.  The shades and products used in the NARS Kabuki Collection range from bright, intense shades to deep saturated hues.” –FrançoisNars

The collection includes the following gorgeous items:

The Hanamichi Eye Shadow Palette with brush.


NARS Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

A sleek and pretty Kudoki Kabuki Lip set with brush.

NARS Kudoki Kabuki Mini Lip Coffret Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

Kuroko Mini Nail Polish Set.

NARS Kuroko Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Coffret Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

Mie Mini Soft Touch Eye Pencil Sets.

NARS Mie Kabuki Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Coffret Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

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Choosing The Best Red Lipstick

It can be a bit intimidating to go with red lips with all of the options available today. Red lipstick comes in literally hundreds of shades, from orange-red to to berry. Not all shades look good on everybody as each shade of lipstick brings out the undertones in the skin. Use the below guide to help select the best red lipstick for you and to see our list of all time favorite reds.

Best Red Lipstick

The Best Red Lipstick

Start With Your Skin Tone: Warm or Cool?

To select the best red lipstick for you, start by looking at your skin tone. Individuals with warm skin and yellow undertones, for example, look best with red shades that have a brown or orange undertones, such as brick red. Women with cool blue undertones look best in shades that have blue undertones, such as cool berry or cranberry shades.

Use The White Paper Trick

If you’re not sure about the undertone in a red lipstick, try the white paper trick. Mark a piece of clean white paper with different lipstick shades to better reveal the undertones in each. This is an easy way to find that perfect shade to go with your skin tone, be it light, medium or dark.

Fair Skinned Women

Women with light skin often look best with a cherry shade of red. Colors in the cherry family illuminate the face well. For cool skin tone women, blue-based reds also brighten up pale skin and give it a healthy glow. A red lipstick with no orange or pink hues is ideal for milky skin as well. For those hesitant to jump into a bold red color, especially those with warm tones but pale skin, on whom an orangey shade can look harsh, start off with a sheer lipstick that allows you to try the color without the vibrancy.

Medium Toned Skin

Women with a medium skin tone are the luckiest of all because they can pull off the largest range of red hues. Those with a medium skin shade can easily wear the vibrant, true red lipsticks and look amazing. Colors like fire engine and apple red work perfectly for these women. When in doubt about the true shade of a lipstick, remember to test it on white paper to reveal its undertones.

Women with Dark Skin

Those with darker skin look beautiful with dark red shades like sangria and garnet. Avoid true bright red colors, which can appear overdone and strange. Dark reds suit darker skin perfectly and create a warm, sophisticated look. For an even richer look, try plum or dark berry red for a vibrant, sultry look. Feeling brave? Try deep, or even vibrant purple shades, which look particularly nice on darker skin. They also look great on anyone with cool skin under tones.

How to Pull Off A Great Red Lipstick Look

After you select the best red lipstick for your skin, remember there are a few rules to make it look amazing. Always go light on the makeup for the rest of the face when using a bold red color to avoid a clown appearance. Try a pretty nude eye look matched with red lipstick to make your lips the focal point. Women with dark hair should apply black mascara, while  blondes and redheads may wish to use a brown mascara.  As red tends to bleed easily, use lip liner to keep lines crisp. Lastly, use a q-tip to remove color from the inside of your lips after application to avoid red teeth.

Many women believe they can’t pull off a red lipstick. The truth is, virtually any woman can look beautiful with red lips if they select the right shade for their skin shade.

Best Red Lip Stick Suggestions

Below are a few of our all time favorite red lipsticks:

Neutral Red For All Skin Tones

Duwop Private Red: Duwop claims this red morphs into a match for any skin tone. It really is a just a nice neutral red that will work for most people.

For Warm Skin

Nars Semi-Matte in Red Lizard: A Brick Red with Brown undertones

For Cool Skin

Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue in Cranberry Creme: A berry red with just a hint of purple undertone.




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