It’s the trend that keeps on giving! Berry lips are a natural fit for the colder months, but don’t put your lipsticks away with your winter coats – they can easily transition across seasons, making them perfect for any occasion.
From strawberry-tinted neutrals to deep plums, here are the six lipsticks on regular rotation in my handbag.
Choosing the right berry lips
Looking for daytime and no-makeup makeup options? The soft, lightweight Savvy Super Glossy Lipstick in Grace has become my new favourite MLBB shade (“my lips but better”). It sits somewhere between a lipstick and a lip gloss, with high shine but minimal staying power. Windy day? A more matte option is the Neek lipstick* in Friday On My Mind. The pink-toned neutral is appropriate for work, but being a vegan lipstick it can be slightly drying, so use with a lip primer.
Moving into mauve, the Nūdus lipstick* in 27 Kisses is perfect for first-date-cool. It’s sophisticated and creamy, with a slight rosy sheen to it, and staying power that gets me through dinner. Looking for a little more pink? Innoxa has me sorted with Boysenberry, a super hydrating lipstick that leaves a lovely stain as it wears.
And of course, when I want something with a little more punch, that’s when I pull out the deep, vampy lips. Scout* lipstick in 07 (which I believe is Excite, but the packaging doesn’t tell me) is more of a mulberry/wine shade, with a metallic sheen. With subtle buildable colour, this can take you from cubicle to the club. But when I really want to make an impact, I reach for my Models Prefer lipstick in Stay Out Late for that 90’s grunge feel. It’s messy at first but surprisingly long-lasting if applied over primer, and under a setting spray. Berry lips this strong need proper preparation, but they’re worth it!
Bring on the swatches!
As you can see, these are the sorts of shades that change in different lights, or once on the lips – especially the Scout lipstick, which has an odd brown/yellow shade on my wrist, but which becomes a glamorous wine once applied to the lips. So keep this in mind when shopping for berry lips yourself, as this is actually one of my favourites and I would have dismissed it based on my initial swatch!
After using these in winter, I’m looking forward to bringing these into the warmer months with me now as well. Vive la berry lips!
Share your favourite berry shades in the comments!