Does anything say fall quite like berry makeup? Be still, our beating hearts! This super flattering, rich color can completely transform your look—whether you love wine-hued lipsticks or glossy purple nail polish shades. And if that seems intimidating, don’t worry; rocking this autumnal shade couldn’t be easier. We’ve put together a complete guide to how to wear berry makeup on your lips, cheeks, eyes and nails.
Deep, vampy purples and wine-hued reds both make up the berry lip color family. No matter what shade you choose, it demands attention—so be sure to prep your skin to perfection with a light foundation with a matte finish. Pair it with neutral eyeshadows—think smokey charcoal greys, bronze, browns, or golds, then really load up on the lashes.
If you want an intense color pay-off, apply your lipstick straight from the bullet, but if you want something more “bitten,” apply the lipstick to your finger and then tap your finger against your lips. To get a look similar to the above, reach for a product like Pixi Beauty’s Mattelustre Lipstick in Plum Berry ($12 pixibeauty.com).
If you’ve yet to warm up to the idea of berry shadow, there’s no need to leap straight into bright, graphic eyeliner—try a subtle shade first. Apply the shadow color of your choice to your entire lid and blend up to the brow bone, sheering the pigment out as you blend. Keep your lashes free of mascara for a softer look, or amp it up with liner—just pick a neutral shade, or a darker liner color in same berry color family. Need a palette suggestion? The colors found in Dolce and Gabbana’s Amore Eyeshadow Quad ($62, saksfifthavenue.com) should give you all the tools you need.
Keep your nails relatively short and either square or oval-shaped, and there’s really no wrong way to rock this look. We love a deeper wine-hued lacquer in a glossy finish, like Deborah Lippmann’s Miss Independent ($18, deborahlippmann.com) or Essie’s Berry Naughty ($8.50, beauty.com). To prevent staining, apply a base coat or a color-correcting base coat before painting on two coats of the polish. Complete the look with with a super glossy, quick-drying top coat for a super shiny manicure.
Darker blush hues in wines and berries are super flattering, but look especially amazing on deeper skin tones. The concept of berry blush should be though of as a more intense rosy flush. The key is applying it to the apples of the cheeks and blending outwards with your fingers—and cream blushes make it especially easy. We love Honest Beauty’s Truly Daring ($22, honestbeauty.com) to help you achieve this pretty look.
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