29 September, 2014 How To: Easy Autumn Lips
Last week I posted my take on The Autumn Tag, and one of the questions was to describe your favourite Autumn makeup look. I listed a few lip products, including MAC’s Capricious lipstick, and it inspired me to write a blog post dedicated to the gorgeous berry trend that is perfectly suited to these chilly months. Darker lip shades are quite tough to pull off and require a fair bit of maintenance, so I’ve included a few tips and tricks to make your Autumn lip look last all day and night.
I like to keep two liners to hand – a natural, flesh-toned shade, and a burgundy/berry shade to as closely match the lip product as possible. For some of the products listed like the Clinique Chubby Stick you don’t need a liner, and you could get away with wearing the Bobbi Brown lipstick without one, but for everything else, you need something to act as a guideline. I’ve chosen The Body Shop’s Beech lipliner for my flesh-toned shade, and Laura Mercier’s Plumberry and MAC’s Burgundy for my deeper shades. Always make sure to moisturise your lips before you apply the product, as dry lips will make the colour pull, leaving you with patchy, uneven lipstick – not sexy at all!
First up is the darkest colour of the bunch, Revlon’s Black Cherry. This is a creme-finish formula, and is glossy and moisturising on the lips. It’s fairly long-wearing but because the formula can easily transfer, I would recommend a lip primer with this product. I used MAC’s Burgundy and it blended with the lipstick seamlessly. It comes off as slightly purple/burgundy in tone and would be a gorgeous choice for darker skin tones, and I love wearing this paired with a vampy smoky eye. Buy here for £7.49.
Next is a gorgeous and unique shade – MAC’s Rebel. This appears quite dark in the bullet, but upon application this is more of a bright magenta/purple colour, which makes teeth look instantly whiter and perks up the whole face. It’s a Satin formula and wears very well, and if you rub it off there’s a slight staining effect on the lips that looks pretty and natural. I love this on a night out with a gold or copper eyeshadow like MAC’s Woodwinked, and it also looks lovely with a simple black cat-eye liner look and loads of mascara. I’ve seen a few Youtube tutorials of this used on girls with completely different skin tones to mine and it always looks stunning. You could wear a deeper lipliner with this like MAC’s Burgundy, or go for a more natural look and use The Body Shops’ Beech as a guideline for subtle definition. If you’re looking for a fun, bright and wearable shade, go for this one! Buy here for £15.50.
My third choice is a lovely neutral shade from MAC called Capricious. This is still in the berry family, but is more of a nude lavender/mauve than a deeper pink or purple. I absolutely adore mauve hues on the lip and this is the perfect wearable, everyday Autumn shade. It’s glossy and sheer, and because of the Lustre formula, it’s more of a tint than a full-blown pigmented shade like Black Cherry. I used Laura Mercier’s Plumberry lipliner with this to add some definition and shade, but it looks lovely on it’s own as well. If you’re hesitant about the trend I’d definitely recommend this to try out! Buy here for £15.50.
If you’re not so sure about purple tones then Bobbi Brown’s Rose Berry is the shade for you. It’s rich and pinky with a cool undertone that makes it wearable and effortless, but it’s also perfectly suited to more glamorous makeup looks. I think this is the perfect deep nude for olive and dark skin tones, and I love wearing this as an alternative to red lipstick if I’m going on a night out. The colour payoff is ridiculous and Bobbi Brown lipsticks are always so moisturising and long-wearing. In the swatch I’m wearing The Body Shop’s Beech lipliner just because my lips were so sore and stained by this point, but you might not need one. Buy here for £19.50.
My last pick is the newest addition to my collection, and it’s the Clinique Chubby Stick in Bountiful Blush. Chubby Sticks are amazing in that they give a gorgeous wash of colour without looking overdone or fussy. Bountiful Blush is a muted, pale berry shade that finishes off a daytime look whilst moisturising and conditioning your lips at the same time. A great work-appropriate option, and really travel-friendly too, as you don’t need a mirror to apply it and the packaging is really sturdy. Buy here for £17.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my selection of Autumn lip colours, and I’d love to hear about your favourite shades! As always, post your comments, thoughts and questions below.