That said, no matter how lovely the lipstick, no one wants to manage a high maintenance makeup look on Christmas Day.
So, I've spent the last four days road-testing four equally stunning long-wear red lipsticks, from a $21.95 bargain buy to an iconic luxe bullet worth more than the Uber to and from Christmas Day lunch.
But the one thing all of these red lipsticks have in common? They promise to last all day - let's find out if they're actually up to the task.
Note: I wore each of the following lippies over the top of M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Lip to ensure a level playing field. Let the games begin.
1. Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick.
What: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick - A super intense, matte liquid lipstick that promises a flawless finish that'll stay put for up to 16 hours.
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Verdict: Does. Not. Budge. You might even still be wearing it come New Year's Eve.
I'd hate to use the Lord's name in vain, but JESUS this red lipstick would make it through an apocalypse. The formula also smells like cake and is easy to apply using the pointed applicator, despite its runny consistency.
I wore a slick of the shade Pioneer to the beach - it made it through an unexpected dunking, two coffees and a drippy icy pole, no problem.
Is it the most comfortable matte lipstick I've ever worn? Nope. But will it look near-perfect after two servings of Christmas ham, half a pavlova and a round of karaoke no one asked for? Absolutely.