Get The Look: Soft Berry Eyes And Lips

Berry hues just feel right for this time of year. They mimic the autumnal colours we see around us and flatter most skin tones in the disgusting bluish-grey October daylight. A full-on berry eye and lip can be a scary prospect. There's a fine line between elegant and Joan Collins heyday clownsville.

To get away with a berry-toned eye and lip during the day, soft washes of colour are the way to go. Here's how -

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Step One

  • I've done my base and brows already using Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation (shade 010) and a little of Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes. I've also applied a warm-toned blush that will be in keeping with the berry tones I'll use later. I've chosen Orgasm blush by Nars.
  • Take a cream shadow in a berry shade of your choice. I'm using Autograph from Marks and Spencer Pure Colour Mousse Eyeshadow in Russet. These moussey shadows are part of Autograph's AW collection and are available now. They're also very affordable - I recommend!

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  • Apply the shadow as lazily as you like with your finger, taking it just above the crease line. Then blend the edges with a clean brush or a clean finger.
  • Run the shadow under the eye with a pencil brush.
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Step Two

  • Take a sparkly black shadow - I'm using Black Tied from Mac - and an angle brush, and press the shadow into your upper lashline, pulling gently in an upward direction and winging it out slightly. This will ensure a soft, smokey line. There's no ¬†need to be too tidy here. It should look darker at the lashline and slightly faded above so that it disappears softly into your eyeshadow.

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Step Three

  • Apply a couple of generous coats of your favourite mascara. We're leaving the eyes this way because a soft berry wash is what we're looking for. We want equal emphasis on the eyes and lips, but we don't want the look to be too dramatic.
  • Keeping ¬†subtlety in mind, apply a sheer berry-toned lipstick. I'm using Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in Deauville. If you're looking for a more affordable alternative, try one of the Revlon lip butters.
  • Apply the lipstick straight from the bullet. Again, the clean lines a lip brush gives would make this look too fussy. We're aiming for casual but chic.
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Would you wear this kind of look? And do you find that winter makes you want to wear colours you would never consider during the rest of the year?

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