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Why is Purple Lipstick So Great?

Everyone can look in purple lipstick, I don’t care what you say.  There are so many shades of purple, from lavender to plum to orchid, and all will suit your skin tone.  Purple makeup is flattering on every skin tone and hair color (and eye color when we’re talking about eyeshadow).  Why?  The color purple contains both blue and red, colors that brighten and clarify every skin tone.  Purple is like a color illusion - it makes your teeth look whiter, your skin look more clear, and will make your skin tone more radiant.    Purples are vampy, modern, and yet still sophisticated, and will go surprisingly well with any clothing option you’ve got!  

Which purple is right for me?

My personal makeup motto is, any color is flattering as long as you’ve got the confidence to rock it!  Purples look good on everyone, no matter what shade you’re working with.  However pastel purples tend to be prettier on the fairest skin tones; rich orchids are gorgeous on medium skin tones, and the darker berries flatter deep skin tones.

What are my Top 10 Purple Lipsticks under $10?

1. L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Plum Passion - $7

2.  Maybelline Color Elixir in Vision in Violet - $8

3.  Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Violet Volt - $5

4.  Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor in Divine - $6

5.  Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipstick in Brazen Berry - $6

6.  Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipstick in Vamp it Up - $2

7.  Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy - $2

8.  Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless - $7

9.  Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Midnight Plum - $5

10.  Revlon SuperLustrous Lipstick in Violet Frenzy - $5



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Dark Dramatic Plum Lips, Soft Plum Eyes

Did this look last week using an expensive Dior palette but I decided to recreate a pictorial for it using something that’s a bit more accessible AND (more importantly) not limited edition, so more of you can try it!

Dark plum lips are actually flattering for most people and most skintones as long as you stick with the reddish/violet plums. Avoid the brown-plums because those are much trickier to pull off and can just make your face look dull and dirty.

For this soft silky eye look (which complements but won’t overpower that dark glossy lip) you just need the Urban Decay Shadow Box. I’ve marked out the shades used in the image above. 

An optional step is applying cluster lashes. I wanted fluttery fullness but not the darkness and harshness of black mascara and liner. But if you need, just skip it and apply regular mascara. 

For the cheeks, I used a discontinued mauve blush from YSL, but just use any neutral or cool-toned pink blush. Skip the super-shimmery ones. You want your cheeks to be very muted so that it’s not fighting for attention with your lips and eyes.

As for that dark glittery glossy lip, it’s all about layering. I used MAC Fashion Revival and coated it generously with Lime Crime’s Carousel Lip Gloss in Present.

Neither dark lipstick nor dark gloss will be as intense and dramatic on their own. But if you can layer, you get opaque color AND a lacquer like shine. (You can use a dark plum lip liner in place of lipstick too; that lasts longer. But it’s just easier to find a dark plum lipstick for most people. And I’d recommend looking for a matte texture so it doesn’t bleed the way a cream lipstick will once the gloss goes on.)

Just remember to apply concealer or foundation around the rim of your lips to even out the color, and make sure you also conceal any unevenness around your face because dark lipstick tends to emphasize those.


How to Wear Plum Lipstick, plus L'oreal Color Riche Intense Plum Demo!

Plum is an odd cross between purple, brown AND red. It has the ability to look very goth OR very posh and chic depending on your outfit and the rest of your makeup. 

If you’re looking for some good options, you’ll be happy to know drugstore brands do carry good versions of this shade. The one I’m working with today is L'oreal’s Color Riche in Intense Plum because it goes on evenly (some are patchy), comes in a creme formula (some people don’t like mattes because they’re very drying) and is not too dark or light so it works for most skin colors.

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