Berry lips have to be one of my favourite lip looks – I’ll wear them all year round, no matter how many times I’m told they’re an Autumn/Winter thing! I think dark plum lips and an all-white outfit can look amazing in summer; for a more spring-time look, I’ll team them with a bit of light-wash denim. Why should I put my favourite shades away for six months of the year?!
For today’s post, I thought I’d share with you a little tutorial on how to get my favourite berry lips look; featuring a bit of Maybelline, MAC and Rimmel (and this rather edgy Urban Outfitters flask that I’m too shy to actually use!).
Before starting any lip look, it’s best to exfoliate! Your lips are very sensitive and soft, so don’t go blasting in there with the first exfoliater you come across. I find the best thing to use is actually a bit of damp towel or flannel gently rubbed over your lips – this removes dead skin without tearing your mouth to pieces, leaving baby-soft skin behind!
I like to start with Maybelline’s Color Drama Lip Pencil in 310 Berry Much. I use this as a lip liner – to define my lip line, and then to fill my lips in with colour. The pigmentation and staying-power of this pencil means that it’s the perfect base! The colour has more reddish tones than either of the two lipsticks (as you can see in the swatch below) so it helps deepen the colour – I like my berry lips dark. Although it has quite a creamy texture at first, I blot it with a tissue to leave a solid, matte base to apply the lipstick onto. Or I just wear it alone!
My favourite berry lipstick at the moment has to be MAC‘s Rebel (I wrote a whole post on it, which you can find here). Its more of a pinkish/plum berry which I think looks gorgeous with the reddish tones of Berry Much. Plus it’s MAC, so you can guarantee fantastic staying-power and pigmentation! I apply a coat of lipstick, then blot with a tissue, and then apply another coat.
Before I could afford Rebel, I went on the hunt for a similar berry lipstick. I picked up Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 380 Dark Night Water-loops. At just under half the price of Rebel at £6.50, I think this is an amazing dupe. As you can see in my swatches, the colour is a similar tone but actually more pigmented. The finish is more glossy than Rebel‘s satin finish, but if you can’t bring yourself to shell out £15.50 for a lipstick, Dark Night Water-loops is a brilliant substitute!
Here are the swatches: Rebel at the top/on the left, then Dark Night Water-loops, and then Berry Much at the bottom/on the right.
This is me wearing Berry Much and Rebel together before a night out. I was actually really impressed with how well my berry lips lasted; as they survived food, several drinks and a good night of wear!
I also love this pic of me and my sister, as I think its the first photo we’ve ever taken where we actually look related! (We were both super proud of our contouring that night.)
Will you be trying out this lip look? What are your favourite products for berry lips?
Panda Eyes xx