A combination of bright red lippy + your partner + a load of mistletoe is always gonna end up messy. Add stepping into a room full of relatives, including your 92-year-old Grandma Edith, and you’re just asking for an awkward turtle. Luckily for you, the DARE team tested the best kiss-proof lippies on the market so you can meet them under the mistletoe again and again and again….

Editor Tory


This is absolutely the perfect lippy for the festive season – a truer red I never did see. Plus, forget about kiss-proof, this is tipple-and-mince-pie-proof, too – I know, I tested it. You might want to get yourself a liner to define your shape before you pop it on, but it’s worth the prep time because once this puppy’s in place, it’s not going anywhere. Mwah!

Barry M Barry M Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paint -Paparazzi Red £4.99 Buy Now

Junior Beauty Writer Mollie

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I’ve always been a massive fan of coloured lip glosses, which, as you can imagine, tend to end up everywhere but my lips (and that’s when there’s no mistletoe involved). So while I wanted the glossy effect, I needed something that wasn’t going to keep me from kissing to my heart’s content. This Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor in Stay Currant comes with a top coat that ensures it doesn’t budge, while keeping its sheen. As I write, it’s still perfectly in place on my pout – eight hours after application. INTO IT.

Contributor Natalie


I don’t usually mix up my makeup just because it’s December, so you’ll never catch me anywhere near a pot of glitter. But one thing I can always get down with? A statement-making matte lip. While my go-to is a pillar-box red (which I’ll wear with a flick – I’m basic, OK), I thought I’d road-test a shade I’d never normally wear: berry. While I think it’s a bit much for the office, and I’m not sure I’d wear it on a date, it’d be perfect for a party, with nothing but a lick of mascara. And if I do happen to get lucky under the mistletoe, I know it’ll stay put. It made it through lunch and four rounds of tea! Get in.

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Beauty Assistant Chloe

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If I want my lippy to last all night, I’ll always choose a liquid lipstick, and the Sleek Matte Me range is my go-to. They’re easy to apply and they don’t budge… I’ve been wearing it for hours, and the rim of my coffee cup is as clean as a whistle! This is just what we need with all those Christmas parties on the way. Whether you’re locking lips under the mistletoe or around a mug of mulled wine, the last thing you want is a patchy pout. Stay flawless, hun.