Reaching for Berry Lips

10 Dec 2015

A picture of Bobbi Brown Red Velvet Luxe Lip Color
The berry lip. Typical to autumn and the festive season, a shade which is reignited each year as soon as the weather turns dark and cold and the winter candles and cosy blankets come out. Berry hues will always have a place in the run up to Christmas, no matter what trends come and go, and there are few shades which make me feel as confident - and happy - as a bold berry lip. Lipsticks, lip pencils, liquid lacquers and glittering glosses, all of them have a place in my berry lip arsenal. 
A picture of  NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
A picture of Chanel 175 Savage Grace Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
A picture of MAC Rebel Lipstick
If the traditional red toned berry lip is how you like to rock the festive season, then there's a few options out there which will stand out from the usual red lip culprits, making an impact for any makeup look without being too overpowering. We're talking berry reds which make a statement, warm in tone, subtle undertone of brightness but with a touch of something-something that sets them apart from a classic red lip. 

My current go-to red berry lip is the new Bobbi Brown Red Velvet Luxe Lip Color (£25), which is a delectable warm toned red that has an almost mulled wine look to it. A deep rich red, it provides impressive colour pay-off with just one application of it's perfect formula; creamy soft but firm enough for a precise finish. There's a very subtle sheen finish, not quite glossy but enough to make lips look fuller, an all-round perfect Christmas shade. If you prefer lip pencil formats for lip products then NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£19) is a lovely alternative to Red Velvet, and almost exactly the same in shade; Cruella is just that smidgen darker in tone, with a delicious matte finish that's very comfortable to wear and doesn't leave lips feeling dry throughout the day. I find the NARS Lip Pencil range super easy for on-the-go lipstick application, so this one is a must in my travel makeup bag when it comes to weekends away and Christmas events. A berry red that has that something-something that makes it stand out from other berry reds in my beauty stash, as well as Red Velvet and Cruella, is my yearly favourite Burberry No.20 Hibiscus Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick (£23). Hibiscus is a real stunner, a berry red that has a touch of raspberry that adds a slightly brighter touch with a lovely satin finish that leaves lips looking fuller. The formula is soft, creamy and applies with intense colour pay-off for a long-lasting comfortable lip colour. My most reached for lip colour over the autumn and winter months, without a doubt.

If you're more into the purple themed berries which are adored throughout the colder months, then I have a few options which might just appeal to all you lipstick adorers. First up, a cult lipstick that I'm pretty sure everyone either has stashed away in their makeup collection, or has earned it's way onto your wishlist, with MAC Rebel Lipstick (£15.50). I still remember plucking up the courage to buy Rebel, the first of my purple toned lipstick buys, and how amazingly confident within myself it made me feel the first time I wore it. I know, I know, some people will think that sounds ridiculous, but I am definitely one of those people who feels more confident when my makeup is exactly how I want it, and that's how Rebel makes me feel. For me it's one of the most wearable purple berries you will find, and with it's creamy soft formula and soft satin finish, it's a must-have for me in the colder months.

A touch deeper in tone than Rebel and with a very matte finish is Illamasqua Shard Matte Lipstick (£19.50). Described by Illamasqua as a red violet, I think it's more of a dull plum that makes a real impact when teamed with an even deeper, darker plum liner such as MAC Nightmoth. If you like the look of Shard but want something to go even bolder, then a budget-friendly alternative is the Sephora 04 Endless Purple Cream Lip Stain ($14/£9.24), which is more pigmented than Shard and like all the Sephora lip lacquers, has amazing staying power, providing a precise and easy application with it's doe-foot applicator. If you love plum shades but want something less intimidating than the darker varieties of Shard and Endless Purple, then a lovely alternative is the slightly brighter Urban Decay Shame Revolution Lipstick (£15.50). Imagine a bowl of deliciously ripe of blackberries, then imagine them squashed - that is what Shame makes me think of when I wear this beauty, it's stand-out but has that slightly bright undertone that stops it being garish, lovely.

Of course, whether you're going for a typical red berry lip or something with a more plummy purple undertone, there's no reason why you can't spruce it up for the party season. No matter what the season, one of my favourite ways to make a bold lip more wearable is by applying a super pretty gloss on top to complete your look. My favourite gloss for teaming with berry shades is the absolutely beautiful Chanel 175 Savage Grace Levres Scintillantes Glossimer (£22), which has great colour pay-off for a gloss, a lovely berry red with raspberry undertones and a splash of raspberry and fuchsia fine iridescent shimmer throughout. It easily has enough pigmentation to be worn alone, so a great option for those of you who want to try a berry lip but don't want to commit to a berry lipstick, but is the most perfect finishing touch above berry lipsticks.

What's your go-to shade for a berry lip?