The Beauty Bag: October

For this month’s Beauty Bag I thought I’d take a thematic colour approach. The berries are back. It’s a revolution that started on my fingertips and now I’m ready for it to creep up, blend out and brush on to my face. Autumnal? Check. On trend? Check. Easy peasy to pull off? Not so much. So if you’re looking red faced in the company of berry, burgundy and plum-like shades I’ve got the deats on some good starting points…

Ok, let’s begin with the simplest way to ease yourself into to this vamp of a shade – nails. It’s all about the lacquer. Particularly on your toes. There’s something about whipping off your boots and socks in the cooler months and displaying dark polish on your toes, it’s just… chic. No just me? Ok let’s move along. Butter LONDON’s La Moss is my current favourite and hits that ‘Is it a black? Is it a berry?’ colour spot on. Lips is probably the next easiest offering to pull off and top of the ramped-up red pile is Rimmel’s Lasting Finish By Kate Moss Lipstick in 107 – remember that one? Yep, it’s being dusted off again for wintery weather duties. Something a little browner, but equally gorgeous is Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro in 201. It looks pretty terrifying in the tube, but a little goes a long way and blotted into the lips it leaves a soft stain that hangs around for hours.

Amping up the difficulty level one more notch leads us to blush. Again a less is more approach is key and picking up product with one of the fluffiest brushes you can find helps to decrease the chance of an Aunt Sally outcome. Bobbi Brown’s Blush in Berry* is my cheek pincher of choice; buttery enough to blend out beautifully over pale gals but dark enough rouge-up deeper complexions.

Nails, lips and cheeks briefed, lets touch on lids; one of the more challenging features to add a splash of berry to without looking like you’re suffering from pink eye. It might be worth checking out my tips for rocking red shadow here, but colour-wise I’m a fan of Laura Mercier’s Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Rose Gold which blends pink with brown to create a more wearable tone. But if you’re looking to go the whole hog then there’s MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry. Rusty red with a hint of purple eye colour perfection.

Let’s see how this pans out for the month, but by my prediction is that we’ll all be heading back on the bold berry train. You in?

*PR Sample