I love a dark lip and there is not time like the present to experiment with the slightly deeper hues of red, as it’s very seasonal and there are lots of shades within everyone’s budget.
There are lots of ways to wear a berry lip, here I’ve opted for a golden brown smokey eye teamed with quite a deep berry lip. This is quite a strong look, so delete bits as appropriate to you. I used my Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette* for the golden smokey eyes ; these shadows are lovely and soft and perfect for this kind of look. I used all the shadows dry but you can use them wet too if you want to really amp up the colour and staying power.
For the eyes, I used just 4 of the shades from this palette : Purr, Tigers Eye, Leopard & Panther. The lip colour I mixed NARS velvet matte pencil in ‘Train Bleu‘ as a lipliner, then blended this in with a slightly lighter berry lipcolour which is Cargo ‘Napa‘. I love this lipstick because it’s very buttery and hydrating and the colour is not too dark. A good berry tone for all.
BASE: Illamasqua Hydra veil, Illamasqua Skin Base foundation SB10, Dermablend concealer, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer EYES: Eylure brow pencil dark brown, Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette, Collection Extreme black eyeliner, Shu Uemura Lash Curlers, DIOR Extase mascara LIPS: NARS Train Bleu velvet matte lip colour, CARGO ‘Napa’ lipstick
If the thought of a lip this dark puts the fear of God in you, then a) start with a budget brand (THIS from Makeup Rev costs just £1, and so does this one from MUA) and then at least you can try this out without dropping £18 for a lippie you will unhappily wear once or twice. Try applying it, then blotting it back off with a tissue ; this will leave a light natural stain on the lips. You can also try applying darker lip tones with your fingertip, this will also give a more muted finish.
Is this something you would wear?