Visions of Sugar Plums
Sep 9, 2010
This Fall, the hottest color for lips, lids and nails is purple. Shades of plum, violet and amethyst will be everywhere this season. Here are my pics for the products and hues that will keep your style looking sultry and fresh.
I LOVE this nail polish. The color is a shimmering purple that isn’t too dark for the office. Not black verging on purple, but bright, sparkly grape. And unlike some really dark polishes, I’ve found that men actually compliment this color unlike my darker shades which usually draw blank stares.
The NARS polishes also wear like iron. Two coats and a top coat will last for weeks not days. That makes every bottle a good investment.
While I can’t believe I am openly endorsing a Kat von D product, this thin liquid liner pin is perfect for when you want a pop of color on your lash line. And the color glides on so easily that even those scared of liquid liner can apply it. If you’re still too jittery to consider a pen, try Bobbi Brown’s gel liner in Violet Ink but instead of the brush they sell to use try an angled eyeshadow brush. It has a finer tip to give you a smoother line.
A smokey eye with black shadow has the potential to make you look like a day-tripping Goth, but smudge out a purple shadow for a look that is sultry without being heavy. If Dior is a bit too expensive for you, try L’Oreal HIP color. The shadows have strong pigment and decent staying power if you remember to use eye primer.
For years, I favored bright pink blush but as I aged, it started too look a little fake. Like I was trying too hard. Recently, I switched to a berry shade to give me definition and shimmer. Who says only pink can be pretty?
Black Honey is the perfect lip color. I’ve extolled it’s virtues on this site before, but there just as true today as they were ten years ago when Clinique rescued the shade from the makeup graveyard.
If you want to combine two trends in one, look for a plum lip stain. Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain is the only one that seems to last longer than a few minutes. Just remember to apply a good quality lip balm (not gloss) before you apply the stain. I like Burt’s Bees the best.
Whether you like your purples ashy, pale, bright or dark, there’s a shade for you on the market. Just spend a few minutes in Sephora trying on the shades until you find the right one for your skin tone and budget. Because that’s the great thing about makeup, there’s always a lower price point.