In every “wearable” collection there is bound to be one hue that makes the others cower in fear, if only because it’s so crazily out there and wacky that you really can’t imagine anyone wearing it. Yet there’s a certain charm to the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technopagan Lip Tar ($18). It arrives with a mini lip brush to make application a breeze, and delivers nothing but pure, intense purple color. It’s a must if you simply have no fear---or are looking for a cool addition to your Halloween costume.
MAC Pop Mode Lipglass ($15) is a fabulous choice for the upcoming cooler months. The rich plum hue is blended with warm bronze shimmer, which gives it a gorgeous sheen. The color is intense, especially when layered over a plum-based lipstick. Tone it down by blotting after applying two coats.
Tucked inside this (appropriately purple) zippered case are two adorable purple essentials: a bottle of nail polish in Hot Date and a matching Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Grandest Purple ($19.50). The vivid berry purple is a dramatic date night must---or simply something electrifying to give your favorite fall ensemble a little jolt. Keep the rest of your look low key to let this bright color stand out.
A hint of violet gives New York Color Ultra Moist Lipwear ($.99) in Blossom a fresh, cool look. Not only is it well priced, it’s also hyper moisturizing and exceptionally long lasting. Count on soft, nourished lips with a pop of punctuating purple.
Meet one of my all-time favorite dark colors: Bobbi Brown Blackberry ($26), a gorgeous hue described as a “chocolate berry.” It stains lips with an incredible boysenberry-type color, something of a cross between a devilish purple and an eye-popping berry.
Of all the shades in the purple family, lavender may well be the trickiest to pull off. It’s more of an “I just passed out” color than a “look how cute I am” shade. And, well, there’s no getting around that: It’s a tricky beast, that lavender. A shade like NYX Macaron Lippie in Lavender ($5.99) looks especially riveting when it’s paired with a smoky eye---the drama on top contrasts well with the more playful color and prevents you from appearing washed out.
If you’ve been inspired by Lorde, who’s been spotted rocking all manner of purple lipstick shades, slick on Illamasqua ESP Lipstick ($30) to bring instant drama to your look. This is a matte color that will show even the smallest imperfection, so be sure to exfoliate and moisturize lips prior to application.
When in doubt, opt for a purple that’s got a heavy dose of berry in its formula, like Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria ($5.99). The berry tones down the intensity of purple and makes it a little easier to wear than a full-on purple. This wine color is perfect at any time of year.