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Berry Nice: Pretty Plum Eye and Lip Products to Try Now
Wed, 27 June 2012 11:53AM
I’m trying to vicariously live by the motto that beauty holds no boundaries. That is, that we don’t need to be defined by the changing seasons, and can bust out a bright tangerine lip at any time we please, thank-you-very-much. However I don’t know about you, but I’m finding that lately I’m pushing the punchy pinks to the side and going for one of the many gorgeous and vivid berry, mulled wine and plum-hued products on offer.
If you find dipping into darker shades like Kate here a little on the scary side, remember that you don’t necessarily have to go for a standout feature like your lips – it works equally as gorgeous on your eyes and nails, too. Just remember that with a bold shade like this, it’s best to choose one feature and make that your focal point.
Here are a few of my firm favourites of late …
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear eye Pencil in Black Plum, $46, Bobbi Brown
Plum is one of the shades that is universally flattering on all skin tones, and a slick of pencil eyeliner is often one of the simplest ways to ease into wearing a bold colour on your lids. This rich liner glides on like a dream and is both highly pigmented and long lasting and, once set, it doesn’t budge so there’s no need to smudge. Or rhyme. I’m turning to this as my Friday night on the town shade, as I can apply it in the AM and dance ’til dawn.
Revlon Classic Nail Enamel in Bewitching, $13.95, from pharmacies
I’m a sucker for rich espresso shades in the winter months, particularly on my toes, but lately I’ve been wanting to work a stronger, berry-like hue on my fingernails too. I love Revlon’s new range of nail polish shades, especially Bewitching. This lighter berry shade is perfect for winter, yet a little lighter than plum so it’s perfect to pare back to a springtime ensemble also. One shade over a base coat provided enough coverage, and looked extra gorge with a glossy top coat.
Maybelline New York EyeStudio Color Tattoo Eye Shadow in Pomegranate Punk, $11.95, from pharmacies
I have to admit I tend to steer clear when it comes to darker eyeshadow varieties, particularly creamier formulations as my eyes are a deep brown and I usually opt for lighter shades to open them up. However I loved this shimmerng plum colour, which I dabbed on with my ring finger as a soft wash of colour across my lids. The shadow is both long-lasting and waterproof, so you need to work quickly when you are applying as it dries down super-fast. To take this from day to night, you can keep layering for depth of colour along the lash line and outer edge, and then you’ll also get more of the subtle hints of silver shimmer too. On-counter July 1.
Lanolips Lip Ointment With Colour SPF 15 in Dark Honey, $13.95, from Priceline
My tube of Lanolips has been my saving grace this winter, as dry, chapped lips have become a permanent fixture on my face. Containing over 60% pure medical grade lanolin, it not only protects your lips but also repairs any flaking or cracks, as well as catering to various other skin concerns. However the coloured varieties are a treat, and while we love Apples for a just-kissed red, Dark Honey provides a sheer plum shade and gets bonus points for the SPF 15 factor.
Kit Cosmetics High Shine Lip Gloss in She Scores, $17.95, Kit Cosmetics
For fans of something a little more subtle on their smackers, Kit Cosmetics’ new baby provides a hint of colour and if you look closely, you can see the tiny glitter particles. Infused with a range of nourishing oils, it’s also caring and protecting your lips too, and contains a delightful waft of peppermint that to me is both comforting and soothing.
Clarins Rouge Prodige in Mystic Plum, $42, Adore Beauty
Before we discuss this gorgeous plum lipstick shade, I can’t move past the glamorous gold case to makes it all the more luxe when you’re applying. It’s a buildable medium plum shade and is both glossy (but not too shiny and moisturising), not drying, and provides a long-lasting (over two hours at last count) colour. Quick tip: you can dab it on with your finger to get a slightly smudged, tint-type of look, too.
What about you Primpettes – have you incorporated plum tones into your winter makeup routine?
Got any other favourite plum picks to share?
Any of these tickle your fancy?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett