As winter approaches, berry colored lipsticks are typically at the top of every lipstick lover's list — the color is rich, moody, and a handy way to cover up wine mouth at holiday parties. This season, the trending shade comes as no surprise, especially on the tail of the popular cherry beauty products that dominated all fall long. And while we know there are tons of great luxury lip colors out there, some of the best berry drugstore lipsticks can rival the pricier ones in terms of color payoff according to Ash K Holm, who's worked with Ariana Grande and Jourdan Dunn.
“As an artist, I find myself mixing different lipstick shades and textures to create the most flawlessly balanced lip," she tells TZR via email. "And sometimes a matte berry lipstick and darker lip liner to contour the corners of the lips is all you need to achieve a perfect look.”
And while every berry lip might look sweet, it takes a discerning eye to choose the right hue for your skin tone. So Holm, along with makeup artist Kira Nasrat, are providing tips and tricks for picking the very best berries out of the bunch. See them ahead.
While searching for a tone to compliment very light skin, look for shades that have a touch of pink to them to boost your undertones.
Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick in Berry Light/Medium
"I love this one because it looks gorgeous on just about any skin tone," Nasrat says. "It gives you a pop of color and shine at the same time, and also makes my lips softer and smoother which is very important when wearing any color."
Color Statement Lipstick in Brandy Berry
Most matte lipsticks tend to feather after a few hours of wear. Brandy Berry lasts all day long, and smells good, too.
Wine and plum shades show beautifully on warmer skin tones, which have the the pick of the litter when it comes to berry lip color choices. As someone with medium skin, I tend to lean toward deep plums, which make my lips look wine-kissed — not swollen.
MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick in Berry Recognize
Wet n Wild
Holm heralds this "wine-colored" formula as "smooth and non-drying."
Stay Satin Liquid Lip Color in Have a Cow
With more than eight hours of lasting color, this lipstick provides a stain that seeps into your lips naturally. The liquid formula is light, but the tone remains vivid once applied.
Slip Tease Full Color Lip Stain in Dream Escape
This weightless stain is unique because of its glossy finish, and goes on smoothly (without all of the stick).
For dark skin, look for berries that have brown and earthy undertones to further define the purple and reddish tones in your complexion.
Matte Lipstick in Dark Era
Rich and earthy, this lipstick offers pigmentation that shows on the deepest of skin tones. A Target.com reviewer called the shade "one of the best things to ever happen to my lips, period." How could anyone deny that?
Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine in Velvet Wine
Hydro Boost's formula contains hyaluronic acid, which conditions and plumps lips at the same time.
Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stirred
The deep, blue-based red undertones of this liquid lipstick gives off the deepest, richest finish.
"For deeper skin tones, I always like to use colors that are closer to plums and reds," Nasrat says. The color tends to absorb and lay on lips without getting lost on darker skin.
Ultra HD Matte in Infatuation
The rich wine shade with deep burgundy undertones smells like creamy mango and vanilla. Yummm.
Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Burgundy Blush
Behold, a warm purple-burgundy shade that begs to be paired with a cozy ivory turtleneck.
Katy Kat Matte Lipstick
The shea butter in this formula helps protect against winter winds.