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Dark secrets: berry lipstick was a popular feature on the AW19 catwalks

Dark secrets: berry lipstick was a popular feature on the AW19 catwalks

A model wearing MAC

A model wearing MAC

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Zara Findlay

Zara Findlay

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Crushed oil-infused gloss, £19, Bobbi Brown

Crushed oil-infused gloss, £19, Bobbi Brown

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Power plumping gel lipstick in 100 Game Changer, £3.95, Catrice Cosmetics at Justmylook

Power plumping gel lipstick in 100 Game Changer, £3.95, Catrice Cosmetics at Justmylook

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Kiss Me Quick lipstick in Plum Pout, £20, Tropic

Kiss Me Quick lipstick in Plum Pout, £20, Tropic

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Dark secrets: berry lipstick was a popular feature on the AW19 catwalks

Berry-toned lips have become a winter beauty staple, and this year they're more relevant than ever thanks to the AW19 catwalks.

Berry-toned lips have become a winter beauty staple, and this year they're more relevant than ever thanks to the AW19 catwalks.

From deep merlot at Versace and Roksanda and juicy plum at Simone Rocha and Tommy Hilfiger to purple so dark it was almost black at Yohji Yamamoto, the bold lip rules this season.

However, if you're used to wearing nude tones or classic red, darker shades can be intimidating.

"Lipstick is about confidence and how comfortable you feel wearing it," says Zara Findlay, pro make-up artist at Bobbi Brown.

Here, Findlay explains how to find the best berry shade for you, lists three ways to wear the trend and details how to tailor the rest of your make-up...

Finding your perfect berry

"I like to call this one the five finger trick. Pick up five berry lip colours that you're attracted to - even if you don't think they will suit you - in different finishes, such as matte, sheer and shiny.

"Swatch them onto your fingertips and, looking into a mirror, place each finger against your lip.

"You will instantly see whether you like the colour against your skin. Just think 'yes, no or maybe'. It's all about a process of elimination. Clean off the lip colours that are definitely a no and you'll be left with one or two to try. From there, you'll be able to decide which is your favourite, or you may just end up taking them both."

How to wear your berry lip

"Lipsticks can we worn in all kinds of ways. If you want the colour to be sheer, use your finger to swipe a little colour and press it on your lip.

"This will give you your sheerest coverage and a 'lip stained' effect.

"You can add your favourite lip balm on top for a more moisturised finish.

"To get a medium colour payoff, swipe the colour directly on the lips.

"If you're worried about how much colour the lipstick has, my favourite tip is to line and fill your lips with your go-to nude lip liner and then add the lipstick on top. This will give you a slightly more muted version of the original colour.

"To get the fullest colour payoff, perhaps for a special event, pick a lip liner that is a similar tone, line the lips, apply lipstick and then add a gloss on top for a full-coverage, glossy finish.

Make-up to wear with berry-toned lipstick

"If you're wearing it sheer, you can doll up your eyes and cheeks to add a little more colour to the rest of your face.

"I love running a little of the lipstick between my fingertips and bouncing it on my cheeks as a soft blusher.

"If you're wearing it as medium coverage, you are able to play with how bold or subtle the rest of your make-up is.

"If you're wearing it with full colour payoff, it's best to keep the eyes really subtle. Maybe just a clean liner and a soft wash of a nude shimmer shadow."

Nine of the best lipsticks and glosses

Intense matte lip + cheek pencil in Raven, £20, Nudestix at Cult Beauty

Lipstick in Full Time Females, £22, Nars

Power plumping gel lipstick in 100 Game Changer, £3.95, Catrice Cosmetics at Justmylook

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Power plumping gel lipstick in 100 Game Changer, £3.95, Catrice Cosmetics at Justmylook

Power plumping gel lipstick in 100 Game Changer, £3.95, Catrice Cosmetics at Justmylook

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Power plumping gel lipstick in 100 Game Changer, £3.95, Catrice Cosmetics at Justmylook

Crushed oil-infused gloss, £19, Bobbi Brown

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Crushed oil-infused gloss, £19, Bobbi Brown

Crushed oil-infused gloss, £19, Bobbi Brown

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Crushed oil-infused gloss, £19, Bobbi Brown

Lip mousse in Royal Icing, £22, Lipstick Queen at Space NK

Kiss Me Quick lipstick in Plum Pout, £20, Tropic

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Kiss Me Quick lipstick in Plum Pout, £20, Tropic

Kiss Me Quick lipstick in Plum Pout, £20, Tropic

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Kiss Me Quick lipstick in Plum Pout, £20, Tropic

Longwear Lipstick in 501, £9.31 (was £10.95), 3ina

Kat Von D XO vinyl lip cream in Dahlia, £18, Debenhams

Stunna lip paint longwear fluid lip colour in Undefeated, £19, Fenty Beauty, at Boots

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