If you’re the hostess with the mostess this New Year, finding a moment to get glamorous is tricky. One of my best discoveries of the year is this beautiful Shu Uemura Lip Duo that allows you to create matte red tinted lips (much kinder than full on blazing reds) or a stylish and sleek glossy red lip. Because light diffuses with gloss, the red tint won’t seem too vibrant with the sheer and almost transparent violet over the top – it will just look sexy and give your pout oomph. If you’re opting for the matte variant, ensure that you buff your lips with a dry flannel (gently!) to get rid of any dry skin and spend the day hydrating with balms before applying the tint. That way your lips will just look entirely naturally perfect with a wash of red while you pass round the canapes!

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