The Winter Berry Lip
I’m a big believer in a bold lip; I think it looks great with a bare face and sweatpants for running errands, and it looks equally amazing for a girls’ night out. I push a strong lip color on all my friends, and now I’m doing it to you as well. This season, I’m feeling the berry lip; both rich and bold, with shades that run the spectrum of berry-red to purple-blue, a berry lip can add to an already dramatic face or standout as the focal point of your look. Swipe and go, and you’ll look put together!
My top five berry lipsticks for all budgets:
Best Drugstore Berry:
A makeup artist favorite and beauty industry secret, this lip cream is a strong deep berry that dries to a matte finish and doesn’t move all day. It’s so striking that everyone will ask you what you’re wearing. And, it’s universally flattering, so you really can’t go wrong.
My Go-To Berry:
Dior Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain Hectic Matte ($30)
Full disclosure: I like a stain. The NYX and the Christian Dior are both stains but the Dior leans more toward the purple rather than the brown side of berry. It’s so breathtaking that it lives in my handbag. It’s also deep and dark so don’t be afraid if the first swipe looks like an opaque purple; it spreads out transparently into a beautiful wine color. It’s the lip color I’m wearing in the photo for this piece. Pricey, but worth it.
Best Day Berry:
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in Art Deco ($38)
This lipstick is like you’re natural lip color…but berry (and better!). It’s also a matte stain (my fave) and will survive coffee and anything else that a couple of hours can throw at you. It needs to be reapplied every now and then, but the color doesn’t leave a residue or have any build-up, so you get a true, fresh coat every time. It’s a daytime staple.
Best Bold Berry:
Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala ($18)
The strongest, boldest lip belongs to this super gorgeous, lush, and bright lipstick, which just so happens to also make your lips look bigger (bonus!). It’s a showstopper, and it’s almost always sold out, so if you find one or two, stock up! I found this color in a rush at the Union Square Mac store and the sales girl was wearing it when I walked in. I literally looked at her and said: “I need what’s on your mouth.” She laughed and replied that it was one of their top sellers. It’s a hit for day or night.
Best All-Natural Berry:
Kosas Weightless Lip Color in Darkroom ($28)
My tried-and true-lipstick that combines organic beauty with high performance. The purple-red is heady and romantic like an old-fashioned film. It smells like a rush of vanilla and oranges, and it’s super creamy and good for your lips.
Those are my favorites. Not a bad one in the bunch, so it’s really up to your finishing preferences. Send us a pic of you rocking that bold winter berry lip; I know you can do it!
–By Di Gaeta Marshall-Green, actress and artist