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A look at our favorite color-coordinated lip and lacquer pairings (plus the best places to debut them).
Written By Jayme Cyk
Matching Lips & Tips | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey

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Whether your holiday traditions involve dinner at Mr. Chow and a movie, a highbrow, catered affair, or your mom’s home cooking, we’d like to propose a new addition: Matching your nails and your lips for the occasion. (Consider this an answer to the Christmas sweater.) Here, a guide to the best pairings, from the bright and bold to the elegant and understated, plus ideas of the places they’ll take you.

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WHERE TO WEAR: In a nod to the crimson lips and tips of the Fifties, consider this set for a rooftop New Year’s Eve party.

PAIRS WELL WITH: Champagne and a devil-may-care attitude.

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WHERE TO WEAR: Chic yet understated nudes and blushes are highly advisable when meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time.

PAIRS WELL WITH: A masterful balance of cheeky wit and parent-appealing charm plus an on-point hostess gift for the future mother-in-law.

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WHERE TO WEAR: Layer on the coral to compliment your tan over your white sand holidays in St. Bart’s.

PAIRS WELL WITH: A high-stakes game of beachside backgammon at Eden Rock.

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WHERE TO WEAR: Break out the vampy plum with a little velvet number to impress just enough at your company holiday party.

PAIRS WELL WITH: A dark corner, mistletoe, and your office crush.

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WHERE TO WEAR: Start 2016 on a strong note with electric pink accents—you’ll exude passion and confidence whether at New Year’s brunch with your girlfriends or relaxing on the couch with a new love interest.
 
PAIRS WELL WITH: Gossip and a latte. 

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WHERE TO WEAR: Try your hand (and lips) at blush tones when attending the New York City ballet to see the Nutcracker with your significant other. 

PAIRS WELL WITH: A cozy cable-knit and nothing else—after the ballet, of course.

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