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Bored with nude and red lipstick? While these are classics, we get that you’d want to venture out of that territory and try something new from time to time. Well, let us introduce you to berry lipstick! If you haven’t rocked a berry pout, what have you been waiting for? Within the berry umbrella, there are many different shades to choose from—meaning there’s something flattering out there for every skin tone. Just think of berry lipstick as the LBD for your pout. Ranging from purply plum to an orange-y burgundy, the many berry color variations ensure that you’ve got plenty of options. Here, find out how to determine your undertones—which will help you figure out which shade of berry lipstick will look most complementary on you—and learn about some of the most popular shades in the berry family.
Before narrowing down which particular shade of berry you’d like to try, take your undertones into account. Not sure what your undertones are? No worries—we’ve got you covered! Just follow one of the approaches below to help determine if you have cool or warm undertones.
1. Keep an eye out for specific colors. If you have pink, red, or bluish undertones, congratulations: You have cool-toned skin. If you have yellow, peachy, or golden undertones, warm-toned skin describes you best. Have a little bit of both? You’re neutral!
2. Flip your wrist. On the inside of your wrist you’ll see an array of veins. What color are yours? Blue and purple point to cool-toned skin, while green typically means you’re on the warmer side.
3. Peep your peepers. Eyes can be a telltale sign of undertones, too! If you have golden specks in your eyes, there’s a good chance you’re on the warmer end of the skin tone spectrum, while blue and green eyes tend to illustrate cooler hues.
Now that you know your undertones, it’s time to find your perfect shade. If you have cool undertones, blue-based berry lipsticks will help complement the pink undertones in your skin. On the other hand, if you have warm undertones, orange-based berry lipsticks can really make your pout pop while tying your whole look together.
With handfuls of lipstick colors being classified as berry, it might seem tough to find the perfect fit. We’re here to make it easier than ever to find your new favorite lippy.
A touch bluer than your typical classic red, cranberry lipstick can have a super-flattering effect on your face.
Looks best on: EVERYONE! While the blue undertones in this berry lipstick look especially gorgeous when paired with cool undertones, it can be worn beautifully on all skin tones.
Lipstick pick: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Blushing Berry
First seen all over fashion runways, this vampy hue has made its way into everyday life for a gorgeously contrasting look. The deep, blue-based red will instantly give your look a dramatic flair—it’s not for the faint of heart!
Best for: EVERYONE! Although this lippy is blue-based, it’s actually a universally flattering shade for all the dark lipstick-lovers of the land.
Lipstick pick: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Bold Bordeaux
If you like to make a statement with your makeup, plum lipstick is the perfect berry for you. Just Whether you want to go sheer, shimmery, or totally matte hue, you’ll rock the look!
Best for: cool undertones
Lipstick pick: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette in Plum
Not quite ready for the darkness of a traditional red berry? Opt for raspberry instead! This deep, rosy pink hue looks especially gorgeous on warm medium to dark skin. It adds just enough color while still looking somewhat natural.
Best for: warm undertones
Lipstick pick: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Raspberry Rush
Want to rock a beautiful berry without going totally opaque? It’s totally doable! When opting for a sheer berry shade, you’ll be able to amp up the natural tone of your lips with just enough berry to get your point across.
Lipstick pick: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Glossy Balm in Vintage Rose
Think: classic red with just a touch more orange. The addition of orange undertones in this color can add warmth to any look.
Lipstick pick: L'Oréal Paris Collection Exclusive Red Lipcolor in Julianne’s Red