What comes first: the champagne or the kiss?

Well, the shiny gloss gets dolloped before the first sip of Veuve Clicquot . . . but ultimately it's the fourth glass of champagne that leads to more kissing. Or one celebrates a steamy kiss at the stroke of midnight with a sip of the bubbly. Or extremely inviting lips get a gal a glass of champagne from the cute boy at the other end of the bar. This might be true love until he whispers, "Let's uncork the magic."

Either way -- like a good glass of champagne -- a swell lipstick is brilliant, effervescent and makes you feel giddy.

Lipstick/stains/glosses/balms pair well with, say, a racy, lacy peasant top and are always small enough to tuck in any size girly clutch. Go tinted balm or triple-gloss lip plumper. No smudge, no ring around the champagne flute.

Match your Moet & Chandon Champagne Brut Rose with your Celestial Strawberry Bonne Bell Lip Smacker.

-- Janelle Erlichman

agnes b. gold and wine bi-colored lipstick ($12), at ccb-paris.com or 800-758-1337.NedandShell glosses in Winter and Autumn ($18.50, also includes Summer), at nedandshell.com.Maybelline Wet Shine 'Spoiled in Rubies' ($6.49), at drugstores.GirlActik Star Gloss in Innocent Pink and Rock Star Gold ($10 each), at girlactik.com.Sparkling Berry shine lip lacquer ($13.50), at Aura Science, Pentagon City and Montgomery Mall.