It's officially party season, you guys. And I don't know about you, but as concerned as I can be about finding the perfect outfit, I'm almost always more preoccupied with choosing the perfect party lipstick and manicure combo. Because even though they say it's a smile, I'm convinced that you're actually never fully dressed without a lippie. After all, makeup is all about expressing yourself, so finding your holiday cheer could rely on looking at the bottom of a bottle— a nail-polish one, that is.
And what's more fun than playing matchmaker with different colors, formulas, and finishes? (Just give me this one, OK?) All those late-night swatch parties with your lipstick and polish collections were bound to give you some inspo. Because whether you want to match your black-and-white theme, go a little more traditional for a Christmas shindig, or even bring out the bling to ring in the New Year, there are plenty of fun and festive pairings worth trying. So your lips and tips will be perfectly party-ready, here are nine combos to try. Oh, and yes, these sets will all go with whatever you choose to wear, be it your favorite LBD or ugly sweater.
Mac Cosmetics Lipstick In Ruby Woo, $17, Nordstrom; Orly Color Amp'd Nail Polish In Echo Park, $8, Target
You can't go wrong with a classic combo. To deck your makeup with traditional hues, try swiping on a bright, red lip and painting your nails with a true, emerald greed.
Colourpop Lippie Stix In Bull Chic, $5, Colourpop; Zoya Nail Polish In Goldie, $9, Ebay
If you're a fan of bold lips and want to stick to a color theme, try pairing a black lipstick with a gold mani. So chic.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick In Trick, $17, Sephora; Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour In Liquid Mirror, $28, Nordstrom
Can't get enough sparkle? Pair a metallic, gold lipstick with metallic, silver nails so you can shine bright.
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon In Blanc, $24, Sephora; OPI Nail Lacquer In Black Onyx, $13, Amazon
If a white-and-black party is in your future, you can really stick to the dress code with matchy-matchy white lips and black tips.
Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick In Terra, $16, Amazon; Deborah Lippmann Creme Nail Polish In Dark Side of the Moon, $18, Nordstrom
Keep your combo slightly more low-key with a nude lip and vampy tips. (Which pairs perfectly with a holiday smoky eye, BTW.)
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick In Nayeon, $21, Sephora; KBShimmer Haute Mess, $14, Amazon
For a non-traditional take on a holiday glitter-explosion, pair a metallic, gunmetal lip with a shimmer-packed polish.
Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme, $13, Amazon; Julep Nail Polish In Brigitte, $14, Amazon
Your look will be bright and fresh with a glittery lip and crisp, white manicure.
Melt Cosmetics Lipstick in Blow, $19, Melt Cosmetics; Dior Vernis In Rouge, $27, Nordstrom
For a slightly more unique take on the classic red-and-green theme, try switching it up so the green is on your lips and the red is on your tips.
NARS Audacious Lipstick In Liv, $32, Sephora; Essie Shimmer Nail Polish In Tribal Text-Styles, $9, Nordstrom
Keep it dark yet festive with a blackened-plum lipstick and sparkly, gunmetal nails.
Because you can never go wrong when you coordinate your lips and tips.
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