Tuesday Tip: The Easy Berry-Stained Lip

There’s more to a berry-stained lip than meets the eye. Yes, it’s a universally flattering look that works on any skintone, for almost any occasion, but the best part is how simple it is to pull off. To wit: it’s easy to apply and even easier to wear, since it fades naturally (no touch-ups required) and lasts through eating or drinking. It’s a runway mainstay—Giles S/S 12, above, Prada F/W 13, and Temperley London S/S 14, to name a few—and is equal parts romantic and cool. So how do you get it? In these two simple steps.

Step 1: Choose a bordeaux or deep berry lipstick (or liner) that complements your skintone. You can use a matte or satin finish, but avoid anything glossy. The trick to this look is choosing a shade that is much darker than you think you need, since you’ll be diffusing the colour with your finger.

Celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, who works with stars like Cara Delevingne, Kate Winslet, and Keira Knightley, recommends Maybelline’s Superstay 14 Hr ($9) in Always Plum, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick ($6) in Starry Eyed No. 128, or Bobbi Brown’s Lip Colour ($25) in Berry in her easy-to-understand how-to video here. You can also use a lip liner, like makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used on model Anais Pouliot at the Giles S/S 12 runway show, above. Pieroni used a combination of M.A.C.’s Lip Pencils ($15) in Brick and Burgundy.

Step 2: Apply a small amount of lip colour onto your ring finger and gently press and blend onto your lips, concentrate the colour on the inside center. Matte formulas will take a little more work, since they have a dry texture, so just go slowly and keep applying colour little by little. Blot your lips with an oil-absorbing sheet if you want a matte texture, or add a touch of balm if you want a slight sheen.