Knock ‘Em Dead On NYE With These Totally Unexpected Lip Shades

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Don’t get us wrong: We love a red lip, but during the holiday season, a crimson pout is just as predictable as gingerbread men and flowing champagne (not that we’re complaining!). But if you’re really hoping to wow ’em on NYE, it’s high time you ditch the classic lip hue and dabble in something a little more surprising. That’s right: This season, the au courant shades aren’t traditional true-blue reds. Rather, gray (yes, you read that right), rust, purple, and – yep! – orange tones are primed to steal the show. 

From inky blackish-red to a punchy apricot shade usually reserved for a tropical summer vacay, we handpicked eight unconventional (and shamelessly chic) holiday lip hues that’ll knock their stockings off. So, whether you’re forever afraid to dabble in a red lip or you’re so over the classic shade, read on for our favorite unconventional holiday lippies, and remember: your killer kisser won’t impress anyone if you don’t back it up with a serious bout of confidence!


Guerlain Rouge Automatique Holiday in Nuit D’Amour, $35, available at Neiman Marcus.


Bobbi Brown Caviar & Oyster Collection Lip Gloss in Black Pearl, $23, available at Nordstrom.


Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Plushest Punch, $16, available at Clinique.


NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga, $25, available at NARS.


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in Orange Shiver, $34, available at Sephora.


Lipstick Queen Sinner Lipstick in Rust, $20, available at


Ilia Lipstick in Ink Pot, $24, available at Ilia.


L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in Tickled Pink, $7.99, available at Ulta.

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