Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Match of the Day; Beauty the Hectic Festive Party Season Calls for a Hard-Working Manicure and the Perfect Lipstick Shade to Go with It, Says Emma McCarthy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Match of the Day; Beauty the Hectic Festive Party Season Calls for a Hard-Working Manicure and the Perfect Lipstick Shade to Go with It, Says Emma McCarthy

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Byline: says Emma McCarthy

AS FAR as this city is concerned, the inclination to match your shoes to your handbag or your scarf to your socks has long been considered a thoroughly naff decision (sorry, Nan). But this Christmas the beauty world has set out to change all that -- at least where your make-up bag is concerned.

The by-product of a month in the year in which a stacked social calendar offers little room for variation, the most time-effective way to look groomed is to opt for a one-suits-all-occasion manicure and then bag yourself the lipstick to match.

Of course, the art of lip and tip matching brings with it plenty of choice. For example, you might want to plump for purple nails and the pout to match for this week's glut of work soirees, and then switch up to letter-box red for the night Saint Nick comes to town. Here we introduce the season's hottest power couples. Move over Brangelina.

True red Lips: Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Lip Colour in Lady Ruba (PS20, bobbibrown.co.uk) Tips: Nails Inc Polish in Tate (PS14, nailsinc.com) Best for: Everyone -- there's a reason the Santa-approved shade is a winner all year round. Make like Alexa with Nails Inc's best-selling true red and team with a classic pigment-rich lippie.

Winter rose Lips: Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Stoned Rose (PS23, charlottetilbury.com) Tips: Butter London nail lacquer in I'm On The List (PS12, butterlondon.com) Best for: Those who don't do bubblegum pink -- a rose-tinted blush lipstick offers a more grown-up way to wear the shade. Team with metallic rose-gold nails for oodles of sophistication.

Very berry Lips: Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Lip Colour Balm in Grandest Grape, PS17, Clinique (clinique.co.uk) Tips: MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sour Cherry (PS10, maccosmetics.co.uk) Best for: Juicy raspberry shades pop against fair skin with cool tones, making it perfect for redheads or those with dark hair and blue eyes. …

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