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Strawberry Makeup Has Fully Transformed Into Red Wine Makeup And It Screams Fall

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This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s fall editorial intern Jess Newman. Find her on Instagram at @_jess_n_. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at

We were all obsessed with strawberry makeup this summer. The rosy sunburnt blush across our noses and cheeks with “strawberry” stained lips. Now it’s time to transition to fall and there couldn’t be a look more perfect for fall than red wine makeup. This look gets its name from the merlot-colored blush that matches the wine-stained lip.

What is red wine makeup?

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Red wine makeup is very much the clean girl aesthetic with a fall twist. This look was made and influenced by the clean fall girl aesthetic as seen on Pinterest. It is a far far cry from the Anastasia Dip Brow and strong stripes of highlighter on our cheekbones like we did back in the fall of 2016. This trend focuses on glowy, natural skin instead of full coverage like we used to wear every single day. For the eyes, this look is very similar to strawberry makeup. A neutral brown through the crease, a baby wing and then some added sparkles. For the cheeks, find a merlot berry-colored blush. If you can get your hands on a lip and cheek tint that would work amazingly for this look. The twist is instead of your lips looking like you had just taken a bite out of a strawberry, this look mirrors your lips when you have been sipping on a glass of merlot. 

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♬ original sound – Danielle Estrada

Danielle Estrada shows how to get this fall-inspired look. She uses a luminous foundation to help keep the skin looking radiant and looking as much like skin as possible. She uses Armani Luminous Skin  Foundation but in this economy, the Colourpop Hylauronic Tinted Moisturizer gives the same appearance for a fraction of the cost. Danielle then contours and bronzes with neutral tones. Next, she uses the YSL cheek and lip tint, but a more cost-effective alternative is the Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush in 130 Blushing Berry or the e.l.f. Cosmetics Bite-Size Face Duo in Pomegranate. Any blush with a berry or merlot tone will work perfectly. After that, she uses the liquid highlight from Charlette Tillbury to highlight her nose and her cheekbones. The affordable option is the e.l.f. Cosmetics Halo Glow Beauty Wand in Champagne Campaign.

Danielle keeps the brows pretty natural. She uses a brow pencil to fill them in slightly. My favorite eyebrow pencil is from e.l.f. Cosmetics (surprise surprise). It’s the Instant Lift Brow Pencil and the best part is it’s only $3!! The eyes are kept super simple with a natural brown liquid eyeshadow and bronzer through the crease. You can use any brown you have as long as it’s neutral and not orangey. On the lids, Danielle used the viral Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadow which you probably know it’s dupe because it’s gone viral as well. It’s the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Ritz. She finishes off the eyes with a baby wing made with matte dark brown eyeshadow and some mascara. Danielle makes a custom shade of lipstick with Kylie Jenner lipsticks. If you have the Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush, you can also use it on your lips for the ultimate monochromatic look. This product is amazing because you can choose how pigmented you make your lip. If you want to make your look more vampy then opt for more pigment, if not you can sheer it out. Even if you don’t have this product I’m sure you can find a merlot colored lipstick in your collection already.

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If you were obsessed with the strawberry makeup look for summer, you can easily transition to the red wine makeup look for fall. You can even keep your faux freckles if you feel like it! The effortless base is contrasted with the color of the lips and the sparkles on the eyes. Make it your own with how pigmented your lip is. Then maybe even have a glass of merlot (if you’re of age) and snap a picture for Instagram!

If you have a favorite merlot blush, share it in the comments below and let us know if you will be trying out red wine makeup this fall.

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