Wearing straight purple lipstick can look...well, interesting. But it's also one of the 'it' colors of Spring—so we have to at least try, right? To ensure you don't look like you're one degree away from hypothermia, we hand-picked a few spin-off hues for you. From violet and fuchsia to plum and berry, here are the shades that work on every skin tone.
Want dark violet? Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipstick in “Violette Coquette” (see above)
“Violette Coquette” is a perfect boudoir shade that will make your look pop just in time for your evening parties. A true deep violet, this is flirty and rich enough for every skin tone.
Lip Tip: Apply a lip salve and wait a few minutes before applying this rich lipstick, giving your pout an extra-pillow-y look (and feel).
MAC "Too Supreme" Sheen Supreme Lipglass in Dress Kimono
The new MAC lipglass comes in a clickable pen-style applicator with a super soft brush. Dress Kimono is your perfect source for high shine plummy purple with a hint of frost.
Lip Tip: If you want to go high-wattage glossy, layer your lips with two or three coats.
Want light violet?
Three Custom Color Vivacious Violet Lip Gloss
Makeup artist Marisa Fazzina, creator of this unique shade, takes a high shine violet lip gloss to stratospheric heights. While a bit edgy (thanks to an infusion of pink sparkle) it's a surprisingly wearable shade that goes on sheer.
Lip Tip: A teeny, weeny dab of this works as a gorgeous cheek color, too! Apply just a tad on your cheekbones, blend and finish with your fave pressed powder.
Want berry? Shiseido Shimmering Rouge in “Venus”
This deep reddish violet is one of the latest colors to enter the Shimmering Rouge family, created by celebrity makeup artist Dick Page. The lipstick actually improves the texture of your lips (we can't argue with that) by providing long lasting moisture. Bonus: This contains tiny peal particles that disperses light everywhere. The result? Sexy fullness.
Lip tip: Since this is a shimmery, deeply pigmented lipstick, apply a tad bit more in the center of your lips for a 3D effect.