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.

60 Comments
AnnieA January 1, 2013

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

Dina C. January 1, 2013

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.

jennifer January 1, 2013

I'm joining in the [email protected] 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!

unseencenser December 31, 2012

Lip balm. Anything else will get me Not Kissed. :-)

maggiecat December 31, 2012

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!

FearsMice December 31, 2012

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!

tammy December 31, 2012

Clearly I need to party with Musette some time..... :P 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!

Erin T December 31, 2012

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.

Musette December 31, 2012

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!!! xoxoxoA

australianperfumejunkies December 31, 2012

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 December 31, 2012

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!

Farouche December 31, 2012

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!

Marie December 31, 2012

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!

Sherri Miller December 31, 2012

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!)!!

Lynne Marie December 31, 2012

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!!

Debbie R. December 31, 2012

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.

rosarita December 31, 2012

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!

Alityke December 31, 2012

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.

50_Roses December 31, 2012

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.

eldarwen22 December 31, 2012

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.

Poodle December 31, 2012

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.

Tatiana December 31, 2012

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.