Ages and ages ago I was asked to write a post on how I wear berry lips, and even though I had a vague idea on how I would - I had never actually worn them before! I’m very much a natural my-lips-but-better type of girl and so berry lips on me are something not done often at all! Having said that I’ve discovered that it IS fun to have a play with colour, and when my Eid outfit was such a neutral colour with a berry pop, I knew I had my chance!
The word ‘berry’ in the colour spectrum is a confusing one, because it can be interpreted as pink, purple, blue, maroon and anything inbetween! But I think they all fit under a similar category - more ‘out there/oh she’s made an effort!’ and I would probably wear each of those colours in a similar way. The main thing to remember though is its only makeup and there are no REAL rules. It’s your face so don’t be afraid to experiment :)
When thinking about wearing berry lips, you want the focus of your makeup to be ON the lips, and not so much the skin. So opt for a base that will provide you with decent coverage and a matte/satin finish. I normally like to bronze up my skin, but for berry lips, you want the lips to be the main standout not the rest of your face! So I do prefer to ditch the bronzer!
This is the important bit for me, a berry lip means sculpted cheekbones, but not with your average contour colour! You need to pick a matte berry shade, that will effectively sculpt out your cheekbones, whilst adding a beautiful blush of colour onto your skin. Sleek’s blush-by-3 in Pink Spirit is PERFECT for this!
Taking a duo-fibre brush (this won’t pick up too much product) tap it into the blush and apply just above where you would normally apply your contour. Because its a very bronze-free look, focusing more on a strong colour with contouring, highlight is optional. Personally I find that when using my Accessorise baked bronzer (reviewed here) I can highlight to my hearts content, because its so subtle but really does bring light to the face. On the other hand, if I’m using my Mary-Lou I have to go VERY lightly, but all in all, make sure the highlight doesn’t ‘take over the face’. Read: This is not the type of look that suits that disco ball look!
I found the perfect palette for my Eid/berry look was ‘the vintage romance palette’ by Sleek. It’s quite a dark and dramatic palette but its perfect for special occasions!
- I took gold shade (3rd from left) all over the first half of the lid
- Used the gorgeous matte burnt orange/brown in the crease as the transition shade.
- I then took a little of the very dark purple eyeshadow (second from right bottom row) on a small detailer brush, in the outer V of the eyelid
- and then I dipped a fluffy brush into the pink shade (second from the left) and blended it all over the crease so it merged with the burnt orange shade. It took a lot of blending to make the dark shadow quite faint as I didn’t want it too be too obvious. Just to add some definition.
- Taking that same pinkish shade mixed with a purple under the bottom lash-line with a detailer brush I added more of the pop of colour.
- Finally I went over the gold shade again, and put it into my inner corner too.
- I then lined my eyes with the 2tru black liquid liner, and coated my lashed with Benefit’s They’re Real - it was a celebration after all! (Clearly I’m rubbish at describing eye looks and steps D:)
And finally the berry lips! Like I said you could interpret this in many ways, and for this outfit, the berry shade has strong pink undertones. Therefore I decided to apply my Wet ‘n’ Wild lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy. This was the first time I wore one of these lippies for the whole day, and I have to say I am VERY impressed! Upon application it was soft and creamy but the lasting time was amazing! Although it is a darker pink, I wanted more of a purple/berry tone so I added Rimmel’s Lasting Finish lipstick in shade 04. This is the darkest and most vampy lipstick I own, and dabbed gently ontop of Sugar Plum Fairy it makes a fantastic berry lip! Edgy with the darkness, but still a little bright with the pink tone!
I hope you enjoyed this post and it inspired you to get mixing to make the perfect shade for you ^_^
Thanks for reading!