On New Year’s Eve the stakes are high. The pressure to attend the perfect party, wear an exceptionally glamorous outfit, and snag a midnight kiss, is higher than on any other night of the year.
Once you’ve sorted your party plans, we can think of a few ways to spend the night that don't involve sneaking peeks at your pout to check how your lip color is holding up. Stressing out over your lipstick getting on your midnight kiss as you’re ringing in the New Year isn’t ideal either. Whether you’re loyal to a classic matte red lip or a soft pink hue is more your style, there’s a long-lasting lip color out there for you. The following eight beautiful shades put the “stick” in lipstick and will even stay put long after the countdown to midnight.
1. Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
A red lip is a classic holiday look, but red smudges all over you and your midnight kiss probably aren’t part of your New Year’s Eve beauty equation. Nars's convenient, smear-proof pencil, which has a richly pigmented, matte finish like a traditional bullet, but is also hydrating.
Nars | $26
2. Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolor in Forever Fuchsia
If a light pink shade is part of your regular look, amp up your lips with a fuchsia upgrade that isn’t completely out of your comfort zone. This bullet holds its vivid color while keeping lips moisturized and kissable with a Vitamin E-packed formula.
L'Oreal Paris | $9
3. Be legendary Matte Lipstick in Violet Riot
Now’s the time of year to give a rich, wine lip a try (hey, with holiday tippling they're going to look that way anyway). Smashbox’s matte lipstick glides on evenly and stays put without drying out your lips—a detail your midnight kiss will appreciate.
Smashbox | $20
4. Lip Color in Sable Smoke
The perfect nude lip is the best accessory for a dramatic smoky eye. Tom Ford’s natural bullet, dashed with the slightest flecks of gold, glides on smooth. And thanks to its creamy texture, won’t need to be touched up mid-party.
Tom Ford | $52
5. All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bella
A single swipe of Stila’s liquid lipstick gives you a soft, thin shade. Two layers pack a bigger punch of intensely pigmented color with a barely-there shimmer. Whichever way you prefer to coat your lips, this non-sticky color won’t budge as you ring in the New Year.
Stila | $24
6. Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993
New Year’s Eve is a great opportunity to try a color outside of your regular repertoire. Urban Decay’s rich brown shade is a saucy alternative to your burgundy go-to that will complement a glam dress—and be the last one to leave the party.
Urban Decay | $22
7. High Voltage Lipstick in Twisted
NYX’s rich violet lipstick is an unexpected statement hue that won’t go unnoticed—or end up on your date after your New Year’s kiss.
NYX | $6
8. Le Marc Lip Crème in Infamous
Marc Jacobs’s muted mauve looks like your lips, only better and slightly more kissable—just ask your party date. Made with seaberry and cocoa butter, the ultra-hydrating, longwearing formula feels lightweight, so it’s a great option if you don’t wear lipstick regularly.
Marc Jacobs | $30