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BEST-IN-SHOW
BERRY LIPS

Original LOOK

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 Priyanka Chopra this year at the Emmy’s. 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. 

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

In Polite
society

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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Brighten THE
COMPLEXION

Makeup artist Kira Nasrat explains the art of illuminating your skin—because there’s no better complement to a rich berry pout.