Berry lips are “berry” beautiful – and make such a strong statement in the boardroom, too.
Still daunted by the prospect of going dark? We’re well aware that a purple pout can teeter all too easily into full-on goth, but the trick is to balance out your moody mauve mouth with the lustrous luminosity of your skin – this way, you’ll look more glowy go-getting girl than late-night vixen.
Or start small when it comes to the shade on your smackers. Instead of an aggressive amaranthine, gun for a refreshing raspberry or punchy pomegranate – that is, a little more on the pink side of the spectrum – and choose cream finishes in lieu of matte and flat formulas.
That side, pulling off berry puckers does demand a certain amount of guts. You’re bound to attract stares, so make sure your look-at-me lips are sending the right message! Bottomline: You don’t want attention to be drawn to creases and crinkles, so moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.
A neat way of prepping your puckers is to slather on a generous glob of conditioning balm. Give it a good five minutes to sink in, then wipe off with a washcloth. The fibres of the fabric will help to dislodge dead skin and such for your smoothest smackers yet.
Oh, and don’t forget to blot – the oils in glossy formulas are the main culprits of colour slippage. Fold a soft two-ply facial tissue in half, part your mouth, place it between your upper and lower lips, then press down gently. This blotting action wicks away oils, leaving a concentrated stain of sorts. Apply the final layer of lippie and you’re good to go.
Now for the pillowy protagonists of the show. There are literally thousands of suitors vying for your attention on the market – I’ve highlighted a dozen here that I’m particularly partial to – so swatch copiously at the cabin and only settle for a satiny shade that you think looks good on you.
But enough prattling on from yours truly. Click through for a delightful dozen of the prettiest purple lippies, for your perusal and purchasing consideration. #HappyShopping!