When is it not about red wine during the holidays? From dark lip stains to full mattes, shades of merlot and cabernet look seasonally appropriate now. Condition your lips before trying the trend – remove flakes gently with a mild facial or lip exfoliant, and slick on some balm. “Otherwise, these shades will expose every flaw,” says Toronto-based Maybelline makeup artist Grace Lee. For the cleanest finish, outline with a lip pencil that matches your lipstick, then apply colour with a lip brush from the centre to outer corners of your mouth.