April 30, 2010


In this new installment of "Reader's Beauty Questions" my lovely friend and model muse, Shauna emailed me that she needed my professional guidance on purple lips.  She loved the look but wanted some direction on what colors to pick. Below are my "cream of the crop" choices when it comes to wearing purple on the lips - whether in gloss or lipstick.

(FYI: Purple lips "ruled the runway" at the Vena Cava spring 2010 show).

DEEP - use for dramaticly dark and seductive pout
MAC "Cyber" - Intense blackish-purple (satin)
Victoria's Secret - Perfect Lipstick in "Vixen" - plum ($12)
Three Custom Color -  "Drifter" Lip Gloss for Rescue Beauty Lounge - a modern and sexy deep plum gloss. ($22.50)
Urban Decay - Pocket Rocket Gloss in "Jesse" -  blackberry with warm sparkle. ($19)

MEDIUM - bright/vibrant yet wearable level of color
Tarte - Lipstick in "Zinfandel" - plummy wine ($16)
Givenchy - Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in "10 Paradise Pink" - pink mauve  ($28)
Kat Von D. - Lightning Sheer Lip Gloss in "Bam" - sheer grape with pink and gold glitter (sale - $9)
 Estee Lauder - (Limited Edition) Bronze Goddess Exotic Lip Gloss in "Wild Orchid" ($18)

LIGHT - soft dose of color that's perfect for daytime
MAC - Amplified Creme Lipstick in "Up The Amp" - Lavender violet ($14)
Benefit - Silky-Finish Lipstick in "Swoonderful" - pearl/ silver mauve  ($18)
Victoria's Secret - Limited Edition Spring 2010 Lip Gloss ($10)
Benefit - Lip Goss in "Kiss You" - clear fuchsia  ($18)


  1. I love lavender, lilac, mauve, purple shades on lips but I am way too shy to wear them! The model from Vena Cava Spring 2010 show wears a stunning shade on her lips! Thanks for this useful entry!

  2. Hi Catanya,

    You should definitely give purple lips a try...you have nothing to lose! Go to store like Sephora where you can get assistance and try on a variety of shades. I'm sure you'll find something that you like.

    And the color on the model's lips at Vena Cava is MAC lipstick in "Up The Amp" featured in my blog post. I have it in my makeup kit too. It's awesome color but not for everyone.

    Thanks for your comments and being a loyal reader!!!

    Karen (aka MakUpDiva)