Maura's Holiday Party-Ready Red Lipstick

For all your Christmas Eve needs.
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For all your Christmas Eve needs.
Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Shanghai Express, $27, available at Nars Cosmetics.

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Shanghai Express, $27, available at Nars Cosmetics.

Heyo, it's Christmas Eve! This means I'll be spending the evening at my parents' annual holiday party, surrounded by my family, my dog and an expansive array of seasonal hors d'oeuvres. It's a pretty casual affair, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy dressing up. One year, when I was around 10, my mom set my hair in about 20 of her old-school hot rollers; when I took them out, my hair was so intensely curly that various aunts kept calling me Shirley Temple. I was not amused.

As I haven't experimented with hot rollers since that fateful afternoon, I now usually stick with a swipe of lipstick in the cheeriest, most festive color imaginable: Nars's semi-matte lipstick (my go-to) in "Shanghai Express." It's the perfectly deep, robust red that only needs one coat — but if you're being really serious about it, you can put on an additional layer or two. I feel like a glamorous, '40s-era movie star when I wear it, which is exactly what red lipstick should do, right?

Happy holidays!

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Shanghai Express, $27, available at Nars Cosmetics.

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