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