AW10: What To Wear With Berry Lips

By Lynnie | December 1 2010 | 17 Comments

berry lips

Sumptuous, sexy, sophisticated: this season’s dark berry lips have all the benefits of their red cousins, but tend to be way easier to wear. There’s none of the headache associated with trying to find that elusive “perfect red” and berry shades look great on most skin tones.  In addition, they’re deliciously wintry and festive without being obvious, making them a great choice for nights out over De Chrissmiss.

However, they are a strong statement in their own right, so what should you be doing with the rest of your face if you’re sporting berry lips?

Start with a flawless base – this is a proper made-up look, so I’d opt for a foundation that’s going to provide at least medium coverage – and keep bronzer to a minimum. Use a matte bronzing powder and a light hand for contouring/taking off the freshly dug up edge if needed; look to oink cheeks instead for your colour hit.

Then either go for simple definition or all-out drama on the eyes.

A slick of dark liquid liner along the upper lashline will balance out the lips and prevent eyes from being totally eclipsed; flick it out at the corners for a bit of retro diva glam.

Alternatively, forget everything you’ve ever heard about “lips or eyes, but not both” and smoke it up with a wash of gold eyeshadow across the lids (I’m liking the gold from Clarins’ Barocco eyeshadow trio for this job) and a plummy shade (like MAC Sketch) blended well into the socket. Inglot teamed an intensified version of this eye with berry lips at the Xposé Xmas Xperience and while it mightn’t sound like something that should work in real life, it really does! It’s my new go-to eye and can be extended into a nicely winged corner for a birrov extra nighttime drama.

Psst: need some recommendations for a nice berry lippie or gloss? Have a look at Clarins Barocco Rouge Prodige lipstick (my current fave), or the reader rated MAC Diva lipstick (Kitty In The City’s pick), Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Pink Topaz, Revlon Colourburst Raspberry lipstick, L’Oréal Glam Shine Sheer Cassis gloss (all in Aifs’ lip wardrobe!), Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (Macloon’s berry weapon of choice), Smashbox O Gloss Noir (OPI Lover’s love) or Chanel Rouge Noir (PinkPanther’s staple).

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17 Replies to "AW10: What To Wear With Berry Lips"

  • Aido says:

    I’ve been looknig for a berry coloured red. So far I’ve been mixing one using a dark brown and my normal reds. Any recommendations?

  • Karen says:

    I’d love to be able to wear a dark lippie but my lips are uneven and I’m always self conscious about them, so thats why I’m always in search of a great nudie lippie hehe

  • Kitty In The City says:

    I have a fab berry colour from MAC called Diva. It smells lovely too. Super-dramatic, have been stopped by girls asking me about it.

  • Aifs says:

    My favourite berry lipstick is Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Pink Topaz. I picked it as one of my 5 items that Christian La Crab had a poke through! :lol: I’ve also picked up a Revlon one in Raspberry that I really like and one of the knew L’Oreal lippies in Wine…something or other. Oh and the L’Oreal Lip Gloss Cheryl Cole has on in the ad. :)

  • Aido says:

    I had a look at the Mac website and that Diva sahde looks fab. Exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks Kitty in the City

  • Lynnie Lynnie says:

    MAC Diva looks *lovely*. The Clarins Barocco Rouge Prodige/Porridge lippie is my current berry lippie obsession, love it.

    Aifs – what’s that L’Oreal Glam Shine gloss like on, the Cheryl Cole one? I quite like the base colour but am always put off by the amount of silvery glitter that looks to be in it in the tube.

  • Kirstie says:

    Lynnie – would you add those recs into the post? Would be supa-helpful for future reference

  • Aifs says:

    Lynnie – It’s a teeny bit gritty but not as bad as others I have tried. It’s not crazy sparkley. I will post some twitter photos of it later if you like.

    I’m afraid to look at MAC Diva…I may *need* it!

  • Macloon says:

    Clinique Almost Lipstick in “Black Honey” is really nice. Good for those that are scared of full-on lipstick as it’s a kind of gloss/lippy hybrid.

    It’s v subtle but can be layered to a deep berry shade.

  • OPI Lover says:

    Have ye tried O Glow Noir? It’s a black gloss in the tube but reacts to your lips to give the perfect Berry shade for your skintone. A bit pricey at €25 for the tube but I absolutely love it – non sticky & longer lasting than any of my Lancome/Estee Lauder fave glosses.

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