New Year’s Eve: Lipstick for out on the town or snuggled in for the night

New Year's EveSo it’s New Year’s Eve, and inquiring minds want to know — what lipstick will you be wearing on this festive occasion? Doesn’t matter if you’re going out or staying in, because who doesn’t want to be gorgeously kissable at the stroke of midnight?

Even if I’m by myself I like to feel beautiful and lusciously armed to greet the new year. Wearing lipstick during nearly all my waking hours is a quirk I’ve always had. Even in college, when my high-rise dorm would have a fire drill in the wee hours of the weekend, on my way out of my room I’d swipe a bit of red gloss onto my lips and then join the stream of girls (and quite a few guys) making their way down the stairs in various stages of sleepwear — or not. It was almost always a false alarm: some mischievous college boy having a little fun, or some such thing. (Of course, we know that it’s NOT fun and can be downright dangerous, but at the time …)

Anyhow, this New Year’s Eve my lips will be sporting either Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet in La Sensuelle, Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique in Liu or what’s left of my best-drop-dead-red ever: Estee Lauder’s Perfect Silent Red. I’m using that one sparingly and parsing it out oh-so carefully with the lipstick brush.

I adore — and look best in — a strong blue-red shade or deep reddish plum, with no orange or yellow undertones, but I know a lot of you look great in the orange-red range of hues and those gorgeous pinks and corals. I do wish I could wear some of those beauties, but, hey, we have to go with what works for our skintone, right?

As for fragrance, depending on the weather, I think I’ll pull out the teensy-tiny vials of pure parfum in Hermes 24 Faubourg or Chanel Coco. Or perhaps I’ll get wild and crazy (so out of character for me — ha!) with multiple spritzes of Amouage Interlude for Women, to see what fireworks develop. Or maybe I’ll just pull out all the stops and wear like 5 different glam scents, just for the heck of it, eh?

What about you –what will your lips be sporting this New Year’s Eve? Or what scent will you be wafting to ring in 2013?

Sending everyone a big perfumed hug and wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year! We love having each of you on the Posse and hope you’ll spend lots of time in 2013 here in our corner of the perfume world.

  • AnnieA says:

    The body butters are great for everyday wear; last night I wore MAC Charred Red out to supper…

  • Dina C. says:

    Happy New Year posse friends! We did the quiet night at home thing, too. Our tradition is to watch a couple movies, sip champagne, eat “fancy” appetizers, and then say good night right about 12:02. 🙂 I’m wearing Bottega Veneta this evening, and a Buxom cream gloss in Mudslide, a nude-peach-pink shade. I also like the Revlon lip butters, and a variety of glosses and lippies. I like hot pinks, nude pinks, and occasionally a blue-red, but that’s not very often. They’re messy, and require being careful about kissing my kids, etc.

    • Ann says:

      Happy New Year to you, dear Dina! I like your choice of BV and your quiet celebration at home — that’s what we do quite often. And I’m with you 100 percent on being careful with the lipstick: My son will duck and say, “Mommmm, watch those lips!”
      A funny story from years ago: We used to have a small yellow Lab mix who was nearly snow white. A few times, I kissed her on the top of her head, forgetting I had lipstick on. DH would come home and say, “Ann, you’ve been smooching on the dog again!” He’d laugh and ask what the neighbors and other dogs would think if they could see her, and I’d always reply, “Well, at least they’ll know she was well-loved!”

      • Debbie R. says:

        How sweet! And the dog probably didn’t mind because she smelled like you, her pack. Great story.

        • Ann says:

          Thanks, Debbie! I guess I forget how many times I’ve had interesting adventures with lipstick, like the time DH accidentally threw a bag of them away (but that’s a story for another time) … Hope you have a wonderful 2013!

          • Debbie R. says:

            Aack! That was probably expensive. You’ll have to tell it sometime.

            Hope you have a wonderful year too, Ann.

  • jennifer says:

    I’m joining in the QN@HOME group –or semi-quiet as I am also on the sick group and a certain amount of WHA-cCHOOO!! Snuffll-snort and *cough*COUGH!!!! is also going on . I made soup and cornbread for my family and it turned out pretty well.
    3 cans of firegrilled organic chopped tomatoes ,1 can each of: red beans,black-eye peas,southwestern corn/bean mix,diced green chilles, and 1/3 of a can of turnip greens.I chopped up one yellow onion
    (med-lg)and a couple cups full (estimate) of chopped leftover christmas honeybake ham (safe ! I had frozen the leftovers) I also added two or three cans full of water in too.A healthy dose of powdered garlic and some chili powder and it cooked up great!
    I could also see it working for a vegetarian if you left out the ham and added some salt. Or it could go towards Jambalya by adding sausage and shrimp /fish. Served 4 with PLENTY for leftovers for a night or two.
    Wearing YSL Champagne -which works well with food and I can sort of smell and it’s a HAPPY SMELL!
    Happy New Year everyone!

    • Ann says:

      Yum, Jennifer — sounds delish! And all that good stuff in it should give the cold a run for its money. I’d forgotten all about YSL Champagne — just perfect for tonight! Happy New Year to you!

  • unseencenser says:

    Lip balm. Anything else will get me Not Kissed. 🙂

  • maggiecat says:

    Like many of you, lipstick/gloss/balm is an everyday staple for me. I’m loving the Clinique Chubby Sticks right now, as they’re moisturizing but seem to last as well (they’d be a good choice for those of you who dislike heavy lipstick!). I’ll probably wear Clinique’s regular lip color in my fav color (Shy) to church services tonight and then switch to Rosebud lip balm at home for quiet evening with my wonderful jusband. I haven’t chosen my SOTD yet – I may well go with Ormonde Woman becauseits simply the most wonderful scent ever. Happy New Year to all, wherever you are!

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Maggiecat. Another vote for the Chubby Sticks — gotta love ’em! And OJ Woman is a glorious scent: beautiful, a little mysterious but still festive. Enjoy!

  • FearsMice says:

    I think my lips will be wearing coral this evening, and my wrists Black Saffron. The evening is just a family-and-friends get-together, but the weather is cold and snowy-looking, so I want something warm and festive to counteract that.

    Happy New Year, everyone!

    • Ann says:

      Lovely choices for NYE! I’ve only tried a bit of the Black Saffron but am liking it quite a bit. BTW, have you decided on a Tauer scent yet? Happy New Year to you as well!

  • tammy says:

    Clearly I need to party with Musette some time….. 😛

    I don’t wear makeup for any but the fanciest of occasions, partly because I wasn’t allowed to as a teenager and just never got into the habit, and partly because I have odd coloring in the sense that I am a redhead, so I should be one of those lovely Fall or Spring type girls like Erin mentioned, but in fact cool colors are what looks best. Best on my face, that is; the pinks and roses and plums are horrifying with my hair! I have a terrible time finding blush and lipstick colors, so I just avoid it altogether. And plus I barely have any lips, it is truly pathetic. (The Norwegian great grandmother who passed along the red hair and thin lips also threw in good shoulders, a lovely bust and 40 inch long legs, so I can’t complain)

    My totally nekkid face will be offset by either Party in Manhattan or Jub25. Most likely the Jub, since I am low on PIM and my God it has more doubled in price.

    A very Happy, fragrant New Year to all my Posse peeps!

    • FearsMice says:

      40-inch-long legs?!! I’m being eaten alive by envy…

      • tammy says:

        LOL, it’s a mixed bag, as I have a hard time finding anything to fit. I am also very short-waisted. The overall effect can look very odd. My brothers used to say I look like one of those old-fashioned clothes pins… know the kind with the ball-shaped end??? My young self looked pretty good in bathing suits, mini skirts and evening gowns….pretty freaky in everything else! My arms are also very long. My husband is 6’5 and my arm span is almost as wide as his.

        I am a red-headed Amazonian freak. ( The husband does like the legs, though!)

        • Ann says:

          Oh, Tammy — don’t say that. I know you are beautiful. And as for the makeup, who needs lipstick when you smell so downright gorgeous and have those lovely gams!

    • Lynne Marie says:


      Never underestimate the power of 40 inch legs!. I’m 5′ 4 1/2″, my husband is 6 ft but we have the same leg length ( I refer to myself as the amazing torso-less woman, all my height is in my legs), just go ahead and ROCK those bootcut jeans!!

  • Erin T says:

    I’m like Lynne Marie up there – I own a thousand lipsticks, it seems, and more all the time, but I very rarely wear them. In my case, I love wearing it, I just never seem to remember to put it on or re-apply. I could blame it on being a harried working mother, but I was never very good at remembering. I put on skin care products and a bit of sunscreen foundation in the morning, and that’s usually all I manage. Shades for me are quite tricky, because, unlike you, I am one of those warm-toned, “fall colouring” type of gals and I swear they make most make-up for cool-toned people. I also have highly pigmented lips, so once I apply anything even vaguely sheer, it looks very a different colour than in the tube. So I make that classic mistake of buying a bunch of new stuff and getting it home, only to realize I already have about fourteen lipsticks that look exactly the same colour. They’re all either rusty/brownish red or a glossy orange-leaning coral. I think I will try to remember to wear my new Becca sheer liptint tonight – a coral, though a bit more pink this time – Laelia, I think it’s called.

    I’m also in cold hell, so I’ll need something strong on the perfume-front. I’ve been wearing a few sinus-cleaners like SMN Potpourri lately, but I’d like something more special and elegant. Both the Ubar and l’Heure Bleue are good suggestions.

    • Ann says:

      Yes, Erin, it can be so frustrating; I’m always rushing about and forgetting to bring the one I put on in the A.M. with me in my purse. As for the same-color lipsticks, I have the same problem as well, just in the blue-reds — about 8 near-identical shades but different brands of lipstick.Your liptint sounds very pretty and moisturizing as well; that and some Ubar or LHB hopefully will perk you right up for NYE tonight. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Musette says:

    LOL! We have a running joke in this household, Ann, that I cannot drive/walk/breathe without some sort of lipcolor. When I get in the car first thing El O asks is “do you have your lipstick on?”. If not, I put the car in park and apply – otherwise I end up not even being able to back the car out properly (and we have a wiiiiiiide driveway, so there’s no excuse. It’s just the lipstick. BLAME THE LIPSTICK!). Lipstick and eyebrows are mandatory. All else is negotiable.

    It is highly unlikely I will stay awake until midnight – or even make the attempt. I’m not a fan of NYE overmuch – crappy things tend to happen (like the year First Hub and everybody else in our group, save me and one other, ended up getting totally hammered at an ‘elegant’ dinner out. One friend wore a strapless dress and her ‘girls’ ended up leaping out and settling themselves on the charger plate – and they would’ve stayed there until next course except I alerted her husband,Come midnight, FH pecked me on the cheek and then turned to our friend on the right and began necking with her….that friend later crashed into our friend’s bar full of Waterford crystal (I didn’t think it was possible for her to be drunker than she was at the restaurant but……two of our friends, in evening wear, exchanged slaps and another spilled chocolate sauce on an antique Aubusson……oh, it was a hot mess.

    ….so you can see why I am a huge fan of a Quiet Night at Home! LOL!

    Back to the lipstick – I am normally a YLBB gal but in the winter gravitate towards a red lippie. Go Big or Go Home is my motto so I wear MUF’s L-82 but I do it with a very, very matte face. Between the curly hair, the glasses and the freckles I can easily tip into Krusty the Klown territory!

    Happy New Year to you, sweetie!!!


    • Ann says:

      Oh, divine Ms. A, as always, you have me nearly spewing whatever I happen to be drinking! Your lipstick and New Year’s adventures put me in stitches (although I know at the time, certain events were not funny at all, so I really do sympathize, but I guess it’s good you can find them humorous now). I, too, am a big fan of the QN@Home, which is what I’ll be enjoying tonight. Wishing you a wonderful and blessed 2013, dear lady!

      • Musette says:

        It was actually pretty funny (in that ‘are you effin’ KIDDING ME? way) at the time. Ann, it was such a ridiculous night that the only way you could think about it was with humor (except my friend and the Aubusson. I think he nearly had a coronary).

        The only time it got ugly was when we got home and Mr Drinkie said ‘you smacked me on the head. I think you owe me an apology!’. But later on, even that was hysterical. He was so hammered he had NO idea what had transpired; accused me of making it up and it was only the next morning when our phone was blowin’ UP! with my ‘girls out’ girlfriend calling to say “OMG! Was was (her husband) said true?” that Mr Drinkie finally realized what he’d done. He was pretty embarrassed and fully abject in his apologies. Lord.


  • Hey Ann,
    We had a lovely New Year Celebration down here in Sydney. I wore Keihl’s Original Musk body lotion and Juliette Has A Gun: Midnight Oud. I felt that I smelled lovely.
    Now to go to bed I’ve added Boucheron: Jaipur Homme to the mix. goodnight.
    Happy New Year!!
    Portia xx

  • Magdalena says:

    I love the one in the picture. 🙂 I think I’ll be wearing the lipstick I got from a friend for Xmas, it’s a lovely bold red by Yves Rocher – Rogue Coquelicot.

    Happy New Year to all of you!

    • Ann says:

      Thanks, Magdalena — the Chanel matte velvets slide on like a dream, and I have my eye on another shade in it once the holiday bill crunch lets up. Happy New Year to you, too — rock that beautiful, bold red!

  • Farouche says:

    I like the Clinique Chubby Sticks for their sheerness and moisturizing qualities. Since I’m very fair, red doesn’t work on me so I’ll wear a plum shade called graped-up. Fragrance will be Iris Ganache. Happy New Year everyone!

    • Ann says:

      Yes, those are so nice and easy to wear, aren’t they? I love a good plum shade, too, and that one sounds great. Enjoy the lovely Iris Ganache to ring in the New Year.

  • Marie says:

    I have some friends coming over tonight and originally wanted to wear Carnal Flower and YSL Glossy Stain in Fuchsia Dore (it is more plum-red than fuchsia) but I caught a cold just today. Now I feel to pale to wear the YSL gloss (I’m a blonde anyway) and will probably go with something fresher … maybe Dior Addict Extreme Avenue (it’s more of a rose-coral pink).

    Have a happy and beautiful year 2013!

    • Ann says:

      Marie, so bummed that you’ve got a cold, but it seems like everyone is sick (or has been recently). Hope you feel better and enjoy your friends’ visit to ring in the New Year. Then, hopefully, you can sleep in tomorrow and just take it easy.

  • Sherri Miller says:

    Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! I needed to get thinking about celebrating. Right now I’m still dazed from waking up and trying to figure out how I’m going to get the funeral home to see my dear friend whose mother died and tthen he grocery store. I guess the funeral still has me in sad mode. New Year’s Eve is always like that–bittersweet–sad to let go of loved ones and the memories of the past and joyful with hope of a brand new year.

    But for celebrating, you are right: a little lipstick, a little perfume always helps! I’ll stick with my standard (I’m pretty much always in full makeup; just part of who I am) then brighten up for tonight. I’m very pale and have thin lips so I don’t do red, but I love the discontinued Chanel Rouge Double Intensite lipstick in Pink Sapphire (not to be confused with Pink Diamond). It is a clear, flattering hot pink. Over that I will use something bright like Chanel’s Paradis.

    To you Ann and all my sweet Posse friends, I wish you a bright and beautiful 2013 and every good thing (good-smelling things included!)!!

    • Ann says:

      Hello, lovely Sherri! I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s loss, and this time of year doesn’t make it any easier, because as you said, it’s already a little bittersweet. I will be thinking of you and keeping you and that family in my prayers. On a happier note, your lovely Chanel pinks sound divine and I know you will look terrific in them. Wishing you a wonderful 2013 as well, dear.

  • Lynne Marie says:

    Please, dear Ann, tell me the secret of wearing lipstick!! I own a gazillion of them, but do I actually put them on? Almost never. It feels like wearing a plastic trench coat on my lips and drives me crazy. I love the IDEA of lipstick but the reality seems to always fall short. Is there some way to ease into the grownup – itude that I long for? As for perfume – tonight will be Heure Exquise. all drama and exquisite femininity. Happy New Year to all!!

    • Poodle says:

      If you don’t like the feel of lipstick you could try a tinted lip balm. If that’s still too unpleasant you could go with a lip stain. Those give you color without the waxy feel of lipstick. Happy New Year!

      • Ann says:

        Lynne Marie, I’m seconding Poodle here on the other lip products. Some folks above mentioned the Revlon Lip Butters and also the Clinique Chubby Sticks — that sort of product sounds easy to apply for a bit o’ color, without the huge commitment of major lipstick. Enjoy your lovely HE!

  • Debbie R. says:

    That Interlude is so fantastic. And so are blue-red lipsticks. As for me, I’ll be scentless most of the day, as I’m gaming with friends and one gets sick around fragrance (a liver issue, a doc said). So whenever I come home, which hopefully will be before actual midnight and the drunks hit the roads, I’ll probably put on a little Caron. Alpona probably, since I have just a small dab of that. Lips? I stopped wearing makeup for the most part….the only two that I have, I don’t really like. So I’ll probably just stick with a great honey lip balm that somehow plumps up my lips. I love it. I really should check out makeup again, but all my spare pennies seem to disappear on fragrance…whether in bottles/vials or in a wonderful cup of tea.

    • Ann says:

      Debbie, I hear you — all my extra pennies seem go to fragrance (and tea) also these days. Glad you’re loving the Interlude, too, but I know you’ll smell fantastic in the Caron as well. Enjoy!

  • rosarita says:

    Hi Ann & Posse – I’m with Poodle on the lip butters. My favorites are Pink Truffle and Sugar Plum. My husband and I are going to see Lincoln this afternoon; a test to see if I can handle sitting in theatre seats, and our evening will be a quiet one. Will probably wear Sushi Imperiale as I’ve been craving it lately. Best wishes to all!

    • Ann says:

      Hi, dear lady! I’ve got to try those lip butters — they sound wonderful. Maybe it’s far enough past the holiday crush that the stores will no longer be madhouses. Enjoy the SI and “Lincoln”. Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year!

  • Alityke says:

    Scent has to be my most luxurious OTT perfume – Amouage Ubar.
    Lipstick? I struggle here being a smokey eye girl and having an English Rose complexion, red does not flatter those with naturally Rosey cheeks. I will be in the nude gloss of EL Crystal Nude or Crystal Baby or Bobbi Brown Sandwashed Pink which is my perfect nude lipstick.

    • Ann says:

      Yum, Ubar! I’ve just re-discovered it, thanks to a lovely and generous perfume pal, and I agree — it is luxe. Rock those pretty pink neutrals — you’ll look great!

  • 50_Roses says:

    I will probably not wear any lipstick. For one thing, my husband doesn’t like to kiss me when I am wearing lipstick, as he doesn’t want to get it all over him, and if you can’t kiss at the stroke of midnight, what is the point? I find lipstick to be too much trouble, anyway. It comes off when you eat or drink, and has to be reapplied over and over. Normally, I don’t wear any makeup at all. None. Nada. Unfortunately, when I do decide to wear makeup, it always ends up looking wrong, because I am so out of practice I have no idea how to apply it correctly.

    I don’t know about perfume yet. I have been battling a nasty respiratory bug for nearly three weeks now, and my sense of smell is a little out of whack. I can smell things, but not as well as I should. I will probably wear something fairly strong, so that I can be sure to be able to smell it. Maybe CdB as Poodle suggested above. It should be able to make it through to the olfactory nerve, and I have plenty of it, so I won’t feel that I’m wasting something rare and precious on a sub-par sniffer.

    • Debbie R. says:

      Three weeks? Any coughing (bronchitis)? I had walking pneumonia myself a month ago, only diagnosed via xray. Both conditions usually require antibiotics. Been to the doc? Anyone who has a great username like 50roses needs to be able to smell!

      When I read your stuff on makeup, my first thought was: I bet it’s not you at all. I wish you could’ve seen the MAC m/u artists in London. They knew how to choose colors and apply it in a manner that was astounding compared to everyone in the US, if that’s where you’re located. London went with soft, beautiful, natural, whereas all of ours go with “bling! look like everyone else! who cares about age! or what looks best on you as an individual.” Afterwards, I noticed the difference on makeup in BBC-produced shows versus Hollywood. It was apparent there too, although lately I’m seeing worse makeup in the BBC shows too.

      • 50_Roses says:

        I haven’t been to a doctor, but I really don’t think it is pneumonia or bronchitis, as the congestion is mostly in my nose. I am coughing some, but it seems to be from drainage from my nasal passages. I don’t have any fever, sore throat, aches, chills, excessive fatigue, or anything else really concerning. I just can’t smell things as well as I should. I have a history or stubborn respiratory infections, or getting respiratory viruses back-to-back, e.g., influenza followed by a cold, followed by another cold. In a way, I am fortunate, as this respiratory crud is the only health problem I have. I look at people my age and younger who have had back surgery, knee surgery, thyroid issues, gallbladder issues, diabetes, cancer, and so on, and I feel very fortunate. I have given up on flu shots, though, as I tried them for several years and each time I ended up getting flu that season anyway. The last time I had a flu shot I had a bad reaction to the shot–flu-like symptoms such as severe aches, chills, and weakness for several days–and then got the real thing a few months later. If the shot makes me sick and doesn’t prevent me from getting the flu, then why bother?

        • Poodle says:

          I am the same way, once I get sick it lingers forever. I had a reaction to the flu shot too and won’t ever get one of those again either. Hope you feel better soon.

        • Debbie R. says:

          I’ve given up on flu shots too. Last year, when they had h1n1 for the first time, it made me pretty sick, so I chose not to get it this year. Turns out, my husband’s grandkid got the flu and the doc said what’s going around (in Franklin Co, OH, anyway) was not in this year’s immunization.

          I guess the other things I wonder about are a sinus infection or allergies, but it sounds like you’ve kept a close watch on what happens re infections and therefore no need. You may want to check out Vit D3 supplements; there’s starting to be evidence that it helps fight infections, and most of us don’t get enough. You really have my sympathy. Three weeks feels like forever if one isn’t breathing well.

    • Ann says:

      I understand completely about the lipstick/makeup; it’s just not your thing. I agree, it can be a pain sometimes. Maybe just some nice balm to help your lips stay soft and moisturized. So sorry to hear about your respiratory bug; hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • eldarwen22 says:

    I have no idea if I even own any kind of lip gloss let alone lipstick. Guess I’m gonna have to pick up some after work.

    • Ann says:

      Do try some and see if it doesn’t make you feel a little festive. And at the very least, a nice gloss or moisturizing lipstick will be good for your lips. This cold spell is doing a number on mine, drying them out something fierce, so I’m glossing and balming them up like crazy.

      • Debbie R. says:

        You know, Ann, you’re right about it making a person feel festive. Maybe I’ll hit the stores in a couple hours. Thanks for the idea.

        • Ann says:

          Hi, Debbie! I find that even just a hint of color brightens my mood considerably. I agree with your comment below — too often makeovers can be just too much. I think they should go soft and natural to start with, then if the client wants a more dramatic look, they can always increase the color gradually to the person’s comfort level.

  • Poodle says:

    I haven’t been able to stay awake until midnight on New Year’s eve in years. I’ll have a spritz of Champagne de Bois from Sonoma Scent Studios because the name sounds festive. I’m always wearing something on my lips too but I’m not sure what it will be tomorrow. I’m loving the Revlon Lip Butters lately so it might be one of those.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Poodle! I’ve missed ringing in a few New Year’s Eves myself, especially when DH had to work late and I was by myself, so I just went on to bed. I need to try those lip butters — what’s your fave color? And enjoy the SSS CdB — it’ll be perfect!

      • Poodle says:

        I have Candy Apple, Gumdrop, and a pale beige one whose name escapes me at the moment. They have more color and less stickiness than a gloss but they are not heavy and dry like some lipsticks can feel.

  • Tatiana says:

    Haven’t decided on the scent yet, but I’ll probably be wearing Serge Lutens’ Mise A Mort lipstick. I’m on the same page with you, I can leave the house without foundation or mascara but I always have to be wearing something on my lips.

    • Ann says:

      Oooh, Tatiana, lucky you! I have never tried the Serge lipsticks, but they do look wonderful. I know what you mean — I feel naked without at least a bit of color on.