We’re big fans of Birchbox, a startup that sends women deliveries of high-end beauty samples every month. (Makeup in the mail? Yes, please!). In addition to their monthly subscription service, they also have an online shop and info-packed magazine, blog, and YouTube channel. We like their helpful videos so much that we’ll be featuring one here on TheGloss each week.

With the holiday season in full swing, there’s no better time to be a little adventurous with a new lipstick shade. But we know that it can be intimidating to try something with a bolder hue. To give you that extra boost of confidence, we enlisted a pro for tips on rocking gorgeous reds, fuchsias, or apricots. The key: keep the focus on your lips with a toned-down face. Then, voilà! You’ll be the belle of all your holiday balls.

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Sneak Peek: December Birchbox Exclusive Sample

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The New Pigtails

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