There’s something about a woman with red lipstick on. One swipe of red lipstick can make almost anyone feel alluring and confident.

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That's why I believe a classic red lip is a must for the holiday season. While I don’t usually wear it regularly, it’s definitely something I like to break out for those special events. Seeing as Christmastime is indeed a special occasion, it’s no wonder that I rock a red lip more often than not. However, finding the right shade takes a little bit of trial and error, as I am sure we all know. The perfect Christmas red is neither too blue nor too orange.

My holiday makeup usually consists of glittery golden eyes, a subtle black wing, dewy skin, and of course, a pouty red lip. I decided to ruffle through my makeup collection and pull out every red lip color I own to find a perfect shade for the season and to my surprise, I found a few.

Feel free to try out any of these red lips the next time you're getting dolled up for a holiday date night or office parties this Christmas.

1. Smashbox: Be Legendary Lipstick – $21

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Some red shades are gorgeous, but run a little too orange to be considered a true Christmas red. But for the winter I try to wear reds that are more “true” with a bit of a blue undertone.

This Smashbox lipstick is not only hydrating, but it protects lips with shea butter and vitamins C and E.

2. Buxom: Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Gloss – $21

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Now, this isn’t exactly in the lipstick category, but it is a gorgeous candy apple red. Not only does it create the appearance of fuller lips, but it also provides a high-shine, shimmering finish. 

3. Nars: Audacious Lipstick In Rita – $34

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After knocking those shades off my list, I also found Rita, a striking scarlet red that is a bit of a cult favorite in the beauty world. Another excellent choice is MAC’s Russian Red, which is a gorgeous bright red with slight bluish undertones.

4. Yves Saint Laurent: Volupté Tint-in-balm – $34

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If you are looking for more sheer color or just a hint of tint, then this one, in the color "Touch Me Red," is for you. Packed with its signature pomegranate scent, the lip-shaped heart center contains conditioning ingredients like apricot butter and jojoba oil to help nourish lips during this harsh winter season.

Have you found the perfect Christmas red? If so, what's your favorite? 

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