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Lipstick League: What's Your Go-To Party Makeup Look? Smoky Eyes? Cat-Eye Liner? Bright Lips?

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Smashbox Cherry Smoke_Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing_a vibrant matte red with a hit of blue

Holiday-party season is just about to hit, so the Lipstick League is curious: What’s your go-to party makeup look? Smoky eyes? Cat-eye liner? Bright lips?

go-to party makeup: office face to fancy face

I love smoky eyes. I love cat-eye liner. I've worn both. And obviously I adore bright lips. Chances are I might do any of these looks for a holiday party. But I'll say this (again and again) about bold lip colour: it's. so. easy. In one move, a vibrant shade of lipstick takes everyday Office Face to Fancy Face. As far as I'm concerned, you just can't beat fabulous-in-a-flash.

Smashbox Cherry Smoke Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing_vivid matte red

This is Smashbox Cherry Smoke Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing($24 at and $21 at, a cheerful, velvety matte red with a hint of blue. (Swatched it for you, AFA!) It's amazing! Fantastic colour, and great texture. It's a touch drier than regular creamy, glossy lipsticks, yes, but not overly so. I've been wearing it for hours since snapping these shots and my lips are quite comfortable. (Hydrating serum + lip balm earlier today probably helped as prep, actually.) If you're looking for a killer matte red, Bing from the Smashbox Cherry Smoke collection is definitely one to consider. And it's limited-edition -- get it quick if it's calling to you.

Now let's see what the rest of the Lipstick League's been up to this week.

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Prime Beauty takes a cue from her mother and revisits POND's Cleansing Cream. Read her review and enter to win a two-day Manhattan getaway to meet the Rockettes and attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular this December. Think holiday decorations, lights, sparkly costumes and precision dancing!

Phyrra brings you the best Cruelty-Free Makeup Buys for $5 or Less!

we heart thisMAC's Bringing Sexy Matte Lips Back and we've got a look at the season's big lip trend. Stop by and check out swatches, looks and our review of the MAC The Matte Lip line.

Beautygeeks (that's us!) Remember those musical ballerina jewelry boxes some of us had as little girls? Okay, neither my sis nor I had one. Still, we're utterly charmed by these holiday gifts packaged in adorable musical tins.

EauMG reviews a sweet, powdery perfume that brings to mind ripe blackberries, vintage dusting powder and vanilla cream.

Gouldylox Reviews Looking for the perfect gift for a beauty lover (or something to add to your own wishlist)? The Makeup Wars team have a perfect idea for every person on your list.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Gouldylox Reviews I love Angie from Hairspray & Highheels, despite the fact that I can't walk in them and hate how spray feels on the hair. Her blog is always a fun read with great tips, like this breakdown of the best products for a no-makeup makeup look.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)