The Very Berry Edit
As winter trends go, I think Berry has to be one of the most wearable. Fair and deep skin tones alike can pull of a berry lip or cheek and surprisingly, berry eye shadows look great on everyone (and don’t make you look like you’ve been punched, honest!).
The key to pulling berry off?
Wear it on one feature and makeup the rest of the face in neutral shades. My favourite is a deep, berry red lip, which you can see in my video ‘How to do dark red lips’.
In this video I team dramatic lips with subtle contouring, a bold brow and luminous skin.
On the catwalk
This season, a berry pout was all over the catwalk. At Rebecca Minkoff it was velvet cranberry; at Parkchoonmoo lips were stained in a hue of blueberry and Noon by Noor they were painted in a proud, glossy, vinyl shade of blackberry.
Alternatively berry cheeks look incredible when applied to the apple of the cheek and swept up towards the ear….just don’t let the colour touch the nasolabial lines or you’ll look a little pudgy cheeked! I like Laura Geller Roseberry blush £21.98 (with matching lip gloss) because it had a swirl of copper through it to give luminosity and an undercurrent of warmth. Team with a flesh toned eye shadow, a nude lip and voila! You’ve nailed the winterberry look.
Berry stained cheeks are probably the softest way to wear the look. Try Topshop Cheek Jelly in Museum £7. Apply with fingertips to a fresh face or straight after foundation for that ‘just went jogging on a fresh winter morning effect’.
Lipstick Queen recently launched Bete Noir -three gorgeous shades of berry – the beauty of them is a choice of texture. Possessed Intense is a matt, blackberry with a velvet soft feel; Possessed Metal is a redcurrant with a shimmery foil; Possessed Sheer will leave you with a whisper of berry if you’re dark- lipstick -shy.
I love Revlon lipsticks especially Colorstay Ultimate Suede in the bright pink -berry, Preview £8.99. It lasts and lasts and when it eventually does come off it leaves lips with a bitten looking stain.
Moving onto nails we have Oxblood, my favourite deep cranberry nail lacquer by Burberry £15. Polishes rarely last a day on me but I managed to get 5 days out of this one. Glossy, classic and infinitely flattering especially against winter-pale hands.
I love Bobbi Brown’s sheer lip gloss in Chocolate Raspberry £18.50: a black burgundy slick of shine that does exactly the opposite of what dark colours usually do and actually makes lips look fuller. This is by far the subtlest way to wear forest fruits on the lips..
Oh -and a word to the (cosmetic) wise…Berry isn’t going anywhere in a hurry so stock up in time for Spring Summer 2015’s berry trend too!