It's not often that a lip color comes along and shakes up the peach, pink and red hue hierarchy. But this year mulberry found its way onto the red carpets and runways and emerged as the pigment du jour. The darkened berry pout looks best when supported by flawless skin and loads of mascara. But there are several ways to successfully show off the newest oxblood trend. "It can be made fresh and flirty, quite retro or very sophisticated and polished," says makeup artist Chase Aston. Here are four of the most gorgeous mulberry lips, straight from the fall 2012 ready-to-wear shows.
THE DIFFUSED WINE STAIN LIP Seen at: Nicole Farhi's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show
An imperfect wine stain feels modern, and is perhaps the easiest rendition of the mulberry lip to master. Though you can certainly try any number of the new lip stains on the market, Aston says it doesn’t matter what your makeup medium is as long as you use your most important tool: your fingers. “Apply the color to the center of your mouth and then soften the color outward by patting it in with your finger," he explains. "Follow by puckering your lips a few times. This makes the finish appear more natural.”
Try: Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Scarlet.
THE MATTE AUBERGINE LIP Seen at: Rochas's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show
When pairing a bold dark hue with the favored lip texture of the season, matte, the key to success is in the preparation. Lips need to be in tip-top condition to play host to flat saturation. “The night before your makeup application, exfoliate your lips,” says makeup artist Marissa Nemes, adding that she likes to use a combination of raw sugar and honey. “This will moisturize and remove any flaky skin.” It will also ensure the slightly drier formulas won’t cling to lips unevenly.
Try: Lancôme L'Absolu Crème De Mat Lipcolor in Potion D'Amour.
THE HIGH-SHINE BLACKBERRY LIP Seen at: Gucci's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show (above)
Slicking on the shine can be tricky with a blackberry pout since darker hues can be extremely noticeable if they start to feather. Here is one way to be certain your gloss doesn’t run amok: After applying it, retrace the outer edge of your lips with concealer.
Try: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain and L'Oréal Infallible Never Fail Concealer.
THE OMBRÉ CHERRY LIP Seen at: Nina Ricci's fall 2012 ready-to-wear show
Whereas most versions of the ombré lip concentrate a lighter color in the middle of the mouth, this season’s gorgeous twist on the trend centers dark boysenberry over a cherry hue. For the best results, apply the cherry tone straight from the tube for more intense, full-coverage color, and lock it in place with a light dusting of translucent powder. Then, using your finger, dab the boysenberry hue to the center of the lips only. Press your lips together until you achieve your desired stained effect.
Try: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Very Cherry and Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lipcolor in Dazzling Plum.