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Makeup artist Marisa Anhaltzer unveils her go-to products to achieve the bold fall hue.
Written By Jayme Cyk
Best-in-Show Berry Lips | THE VIOLET FILES

— PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNA PALMA FOR THE VIOLET FILES

It started with silent film starlet Clara Bow in the ’20s, sparked a sultry-grunge sensation on Liv Tyler and Kate Moss in the ’90s, and stunned on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at this year’s Met Ball. With the possible exception of red, there’s no lip color more iconic—or sensual—than a saturated berry. That said, many civilians shy away from the color, fearing fifty shades of goth. Strategically chosen and applied, however, berry is a color that can flatter everyone. The trick? Finding a texture that doesn’t overplay your look or overpower your complexion. To that end, The Violet Files turned to in-house makeup artist Marisa Anhaltzer, an expert in balancing the bold lip with a subtle eye, who divulges her favorite products for every skin tone and reveals how to wear them. 

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This multipurpose hydrating formula is infused with organic ingredients like coconut and jojoba oil. Anhaltzer adds, “You can put it on your cheeks and your lips and it gives off a more balmy, glossy finish.”

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Anhaltzer calls this hydrating, wax-free product the perfect choice for a daytime pout because of its particularly lightweight consistency.

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“This is really bold and has a pretty berry color,” says Anhaltzer. “I like to let the lip speak for itself and have its moment.” She advises against pairing the color with a smoky eye (overkill), suggesting black liquid or gel eyeliner instead.

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Not everyone is a fan of a matte lip, which can be drying. Anhaltzer advocates for switching over to this tinted lip treatment. “You can wear it by itself as a much lighter berry look,” she says, “but it’s also a great addition to a bolder, dryer, more matte berry lip as well.”

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“It’s this perfect berry wine stain,” says Anhaltzer. “You can wear that by itself or use a lip balm on top, like the By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur Lip Balm in Bloom Berry.”

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This highly pigmented liquid lipstick is not for wallflowers—its matte finish, delivered via a doe-foot applicator, provides not-insignificant coverage. A word to the wise, Anhaltzer cautions, “With such a bold color you can play with the eyes a little bit, but you want to keep it pretty light and keep the skin fresh.”

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Anhaltzer recommends using this audacious creamy shade at night for a smooth and rich consistency.

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In polite society, the right LIP stain can mean the difference between an air KISS, a cheek kiss, and a FRENCH kiss. 
— VIOLET GREY
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