Fab In Fuchsia, Vivacious In Violet: 6 Perfect Purple Lipsticks For Fall

October 10, 2012  |  

It’s risky, ultra-girly and fashion-forward. Purple lipstick is one of the best ways to spruce up your fall wardrobe, and there’s a shade for every variety of brown skin, since purple is a mixture of warm tones (red) and cool tones (blue). Let’s take a look, shall we?

MAC’s Heroine lipstick is a medium purple matte lipstick with dark pink hues. It’s a dramatic makeup move for light and medium-light brown women, but will have a soft muave look on rich chocolate complexions. This shade is available at your nearest MAC counter for about $15, or you can find a great shade similar to this lipstick elsewhere, including Plum Perfect from Maybelline and Pearly Violet from Make Up For Ever.

Afghan Red by Nars is a smoldering purple shade with a striking red undertone–perfect for women who look great in clothing colors like peach, stark white, and dusty rose. This shade shows up as more of a toned-down version of a  classic red lip on dark brown skin, but is striking and sassy on caramel-colored complexions. Afghan Red is available on the Nars website, or you can purchase it at fine department stores like Nordstrom for around $24.00.

Apocalypse by Urban Decay is a pronounced plum shade with a bit of sparkle, and is the perfect addition to an evening makeup bag.  The color is rich and sultry on all skin tones–nude eyeshadow and natural-looking wispy lashes are a winning combination with this lipstick. Urban Decay’s Apocalypse is $19 for the chubby lipstick, and can also be found at Macy’s.

Beautiful Berry Lipstick from e.l.f.’s Mineral line  is a subtle pink-purple shade that will show up almost nude on some skin tones.  The slightly glossy lipstick conditions the lips, and the subdued shade is perfect for professional wear. You can find it on the e.l.f. website for $5, or shop for it at discount department stores like Target.

Smashbox’s Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet is an undeniable shade of purple that virtually any woman of color with a daring sense of fashion can pull off. This deep orchid-colored shade looks fantastic with a cat eye and nude blush, and immediately wakes up a casual outfit like boyfriend jeans and a blazer. Vivid Violet is available for $19 on the Smashbox website, and you can also shop for it at Sephora or Ulta.

Creme de la Femme from MAC is a shimmery shade that’s slightly metallic and pleasantly purple. A little nude or raisin-colored lip liner will blend well with this shade, and it looks great with a smokey eye and understated blush.  The gold flecks in the lipstick provide a natural gloss, and bring out the warm undertones present in most brown skin. Creme de la Femme is $15  at the MAC counter, or at your nearest Bloomingdale’s or Nordstrom.

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  • Camille

    Another great purple for brown-skinned ladies is Mac’s “Up the Amp”. it’s gorge!

  • B

    I have the MUFE pearly violet however I don’t know when or where to wear it. Any suggestions?

    • Miemie

      Wear it when Obama wins the elections, you know celebrate and stuff with the girlfriends. 🙂

    • Jumelle12

      Girl I’m wearing it now! I friggin love that color! I’m funny about wearing reds during the day, but the purple is perfect- not too much! Rock it! 😉