It’s still 80 degrees in L.A. right now as I type, but I am willing Fall temperatures to happen. How, you ask? By writing about Berry lipsticks, of course.
I love berry and plum shades all year round, but heck, do they look even better in the fall. These are my top picks for my fair skinned and red headed ladies. I was convinced for-ev-er that I couldn’t wear berry shades because they looked too dark on me, but after testing out a ton of shades, I realize that is silly. I love how berry shades contrast with fair skin and berry is a super flattering shade for redheads to wear. Funny how we can get an idea stuck in our head that is so wrong. Berry shades are now one of my go-to makeup looks.
These picks are great products and just gorgeous, so even if you are a bit deeper than me, they are worth a swatch in store to see if they might work for you.
Lipsticks are one of those great makeup categories where you can find products that work really well at every level, so I included picks from drugstore to high end. I love when I feel like a drugstore baller.
From Lightest Coverage to Fullest Coverage:
Marc Jacobs gloss in Kissabilty: This is much deeper in person. In photos with a flash it looks almost soft pink, but it really does show up as a berry shade on the lips. Good ice breaker shade if you are terrified of wearing any deeper colors on your lips. …Update, ok so of course I can’t find this shade anywhere online, the closest dupe I can find is L’Oreal lip gloss in Blushing Berry. My point on this one anyhow was that if darker colors scare you, a berry toned gloss is a good place to start.
Kjaer Weis in Rapture, $49: Great organic lipstick! This shade also appears slightly deeper in real life, but photographs more sheer. It’s very comfortable on and the color is a beaut!! The only downside is that it is in a pan form, so it does have to be applied with your fingers or a lip brush. This formula leaves your lips so soft as it fades. Kjaer Weis uses very high quality ingredients and that shows in how nicely the lipstick hydrates your lips.
Milani lipstick in Uptown Mauve, $5: This shade is a pretty decent dupe for my beloved tube of Maybelline limited edition berry lipstick in Pink Grandeur (that I hoard – because sometimes it’s easy to find on amazon, sometimes not so easy.) The color is intense with just a few swipes and the formula is comfortable on the lips. It also holds up well, it just has sort of a funky too-sweet berry taste (ironic, I know). The taste deters me from wearing this color more often, so if you have a big thing with scents, now ya know.
Revlon Colorstay in Supermodel, $8: This is a much paler berry/plum shade. I was surprised by how much I like the shade on and how wearable the color is. The formula does have that long-wear tacky feel though that kind of bugs me if I’m wearing the shade all day. But it’s very elegant on, so for a night out I can handle the formula. It’s a very deep but soft shade.
Too Faced Melted lipstick in Melted Berry, $21: I really tried not to play favorites in this post, but I would be lying if I didn’t say this shade is a stand out for me. It’s a MUST HAVE for redheads. I rarely say you must have this exact product and shade, but this one is a a total win. It’s a gorgeous deeper berry shade and an absolute fav. The formula is heaven, light and extremely pigmented, and longer wearing without feeling like a long wear. Meaning a little will go a long way because the pigment is so strong, you don’t have to apply a lot and lasts a while so you don’t need a lot of touch ups though out the day. I have the tiny deluxe sample size, the full size will last you forever. I love this shade. Just so dang much, my heart is filled with love for it. (There is a limited edition deluxe size set for $25 that has four shades of Melted lipsticks, great deal and way to try 4 colors.)
Dose of Colors in Berry Me, $18-$25: This was a total Instagram purchase for me. I saw it on a gorgeous makeup artist, @makeupshayla, and Had-To-Have-It. I stalked it down (it’s always sold out) and was so excited that it looks just as amazing against my fair skin as it does against her deep skin. The formula can feel like a long-wear matte and be a bit drying, so I carry a basic chapstick with me so I don’t ruin the matte effect but get some hydration on my lips.