9 Unexpected Lipsticks That Are Holiday-Perfect

Red lipstick is a holiday-season darling. Scores of women pull out their favorite crimsons to help them feel a little festive.
After what feels like your 100th holiday party, floating among a sea of scarlet-lipped ladies, things can start to feel a little snooze-worthy, though. What's so great about red, anyway? Don't other colors deserve to be smeared all over your partner's face under the mistletoe?
In fact, they do. Ahead, find our ultimate shopping list for holiday-perfect tubes that will look amazing at your next party. They're unexpected, but isn't that what you're all about, anyway?
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Go anti-red with this punchy blue. Our beauty director Megan McIntyre has a sick tip for it. Layer Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: Matte in Vain over it for a smoldering navy shade.

NYX Macaron Lippie in Blue Velvet, $5.99, available at Ulta.
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We suggest a dash of turquoise eyeliner to go with this sultry blue for a monochrome look.

Inglot Lipstick in 292 Cream, $13, available at Beautylish.
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This megawatt lip color is a party accessory all on its own. While fluorescent fuchsia may be too bold for everyday wear, it's just the kind of bright shade to bring out during the holidays. This particular hue is the ultimate pink-purple-red hybrid, and the super-creamy texture will work wonders on dry winter lips.
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A silvery white makes you just as — if not more — festive than classic red. If you're nervous about sporting this shade solo, swipe it over a pink for a frosted, sugary sweet look.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick in Kyril, $32, available at Tom Ford.
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A neutral shade can still pack a serious punch. Give this chocolate-brown a whirl for a fun take on a '90s trend. Bonus: This is the perfect hue to pair with your cool-girl smoky eye.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Honey Berry, $24, available at Sephora.
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Violet-pink is a chic swap for a moody Bordeaux. It's fun, punchy, and your six-year-old cousin will love playing with it, too.

Coloured Raine Lipstick in Bubblegum Princess, $15, available at Coloured Raine.
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Yes, this hot pink is very Barbie — but paired with the right eye makeup, it can also look hot for the holidays (and after).

Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Twist, $25, available at Sephora.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kat Von D.
Move over, metallic eyeshadow: Metallic lipstick is here, and it's totally party-ready. Just imagine this hue with a smudgy smoky eye.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Gothica, $21, available at Sephora.
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A rose-toned nude is the ideal shade for a casual holiday party. We like this with a swipe of mascara and rosy cheeks for that "walking in a winter wonderland" flush.

Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Pink Mesa, $25, available at Shiseido.
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Photo: Courtesy of NARS.
Hot magenta: We think it speaks for itself.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo, $32, available at NARS.
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