Winter Lip and Nail Lineup

Although Autumn is my favourite season in terms of makeup shades, I do also love the deeper lip shades and sparkly nail polishes you can rock during the Winter. Although a lot of these shades are out of my usual comfort zone, they really are lovely for the festive party season.


The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets really have been a revelation to me; late to the party, I know! They’re so long-lasting and have a matte finish despite being creamy and non-drying on the lips. Beau Brun is a lovely reddish brown shade that’s perfect if more blue-toned reds don’t suit your complexion.

If you want to try a bolder lip colour but you’re not 100% sure then a sheerer formula is ideal. MAC Plumful, as the name would suggest, is a lovely plum shade with reddish undertones. Whilst it has nice colour payoff, the sheer, sheeny formula makes it everyday-appropriate.

I very rarely wear red but I think this is one of the few semi-traditional reds that actually suits me. It is slightly on the drying side, however I love the shade so I can deal with that. It’s a red with some terracotta-brown undertones.

If you’re a regular reader you’re probably sick of me banging on about Bond Girl from this range! Walk of Shame is the other shade I have and this shade is really hard to describe. It isn’t a million miles away from the deep berry-mauve stain of Bond Girl but definitely has a redder tone to it that makes it stunning for this time of year. The formula is one of the most comfortable and non-drying of any matte I own.

I couldn’t do this post without my ultimate deep berry lip: MAC’s Diva. I’m sure you’ve probably heard a lot about this shade, as it really is that perfect wine colour for a festive makeup look. The formula could be a little creamier but it’s not too bad for a matte.

I’m not sure why this shade doesn’t get more love, but I’m a big fan. I know it combines glossiness with a bold colour so it won’t be for everyone but this is another great option for people who aren’t into your typical reds. It’s a really deep shade, which almost has hints of berry in there. I honestly think it would suit so many skin tones too.


Firstly, what a great name for a nail polish. Secondly, what a great shade for winter! This is a really pigmented deep plummy purple shade that looks almost black on the nails. If you’re into ‘twists’ on black nail polish, this is perfect for you and I can also imagine it looking really elegant for the evening.

I'm not often one for metallic nail polish in the daytime but this has to be my top everyday pick. The formula is just amazing; so opaque, quick-drying and long-lasting. The shade itself is a lovely rose gold.

I love the duo-chrome effect of this nail polish. The base shade is a sort of emerald green and there’s a golden shimmer running through, giving a sort of olive appearance to this multifaceted colour.

This is sort of my ultimate dark vampy nail shade; it’s a really deep reddy purple that looks almost black on the nails with a couple of coats. For an evening look, this is a great pick.

This is one of my absolute favourites! It’s a really opaque fuchsia shade with an iridescent sheen to it. It’s perfect if you don’t want something too bright or too vampy for an evening out (where a nude might not really work).

A couple of months back it occurred to me I really didn’t have a red in my nail polish stash. Right on cue I spotted Essie’s Fishnet Stockings on some other blogs and it’s exactly what I want; a very slightly pinky red. It’s not too crazy or bold, it just looks really nice and classy.

Of course I had to include a sparkly option! For a bit of rose gold festive glitter I really recommend checking out Lottie London’s No Limits. You can easily throw this on over your everyday nude if you’re heading out for the evening to make it a bit more interesting.

What are your favourite lip and nail shades for winter?


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  1. Plum full sounds like the perfect lipstick for me. I want to try bolder shades but the sheets formula means I won't feel like everyone is looking at me!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

    1. Plumful will be perfect for you in that case! xx

  2. I love Mac Plumful! One of my favorites! All of these are such lovely colours!

  3. Chili is such a beautiful deep shade. I love it too. Great winter lip colours.

    Rachel |

  4. I love the look of that Lottie London nail polish, the perfect winter glitter! xo

  5. I love the winter lip colours! I'm in love with the 'rosy brown' nail polish! Such a different colour yet perfect for this time of the year!x

    Lauren |

  6. I bought Plumful recently and I'm obsessed with it, it hasn't left my make-up bag for a week!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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    1. It's such a lovely colour for people who don't want to go for a full-on Hollywood red xx

  8. I do love a red lip all year round, but throughout winter I gravitate towards the brown toned reds like MAC Barons Rose or MAC Dubonnet, which you picked as well.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Ooh I've not heard of Barons Rose *runs off to Google swatches* ...xx

  9. I love Plumful but I also really like the look of Walk of Shame, both are perfect winter shades but it's summer where I live and I'm still wearing them :p

  10. I'm such a sucker for berry colours at this time of the year. I'm in love with Diva and Dubonnet lips and Calpyso Kiss is a beautiful shade for the nails too.

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

  11. I'm really loving that Diva color by MAC -- I've been searching for a good, wine color. I've never actually tried one before!

    A Northern Light

  12. Walk of Shame looks gorgeous, haven't heard of it before! Wicked and Plum on Baby Light my Fire are my type of nail shades!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  13. Berry/burgundy lips and berry/plum nails are what I've been going for months, they make a good combination! Plum on baby is a gorgeous shade, something I'd like to wear :) x

  14. Great picks! I still find it a bit hard to wear dark lipsticks, but I love plum, grey and black nail polishes.

  15. Chili and Walk of Shame are stunning shades for Winter and wow, how lovely is Queen Hera? I don't think I have anything similar in my collection at all so I'll need to look if I can find it here in Canada.

    Reflection of Sanity | Palmer's Cocoa Butter Care Package Giveaway (Canada ONLY)

  16. I've been absolutely loving deep lips lately, Diva looks gorgeous! Not to mention dark nails, my favourites for this time of year :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  17. These colours are amazing for the winter time! I especially love any kind of plum and red! XO

    Courtney | Courtselizabeth | Instagram

  18. Wow! These look amazing! Great post and photos!

  19. such amazing picks! My fave ones would definitely be Essie Wicked and Mac Diva :)

    The Chicster Diaries xx

  20. Walk Of Shame looks so pretty I would love to try that one!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  21. Really want to try the boujois rouge editions!
    Charlotte //

  22. Thank you for your comments! Hope this gave you some winter colour inspiration :) xx


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