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Fierce Friday: Joan Smalls—A Lesson in How to Wear Purple Lipstick

Fierce Friday: Joan Smalls—A Lesson in How to Wear Purple Lipstick

Purple lips aren’t exactly what you would consider a “classic” makeup look, like red lips for example. For most, the look of purple lips are reminiscent of someone stuck in a deep freeze, however, they are suddenly quite the trend and are probably here to stay. The key to wearing purple lipstick without looking foolish, is to keep the the rest of your makeup mild, classic and minimal.


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One look at Joan Smalls at the 2014 Met Gala, and it’s quite obvious that this supermodel knows a thing or two about perfect pairings—purple lips paired with classic bronzy makeup equal a winning red carpet look. Add in a cascading fishtail braid and you too can look like a supermodel on a Friday night. (If you believe it, you can achieve it-re: supermodel.)


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1. Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty $30

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Lovemarc - Lip Gel Little Pretty - shimmering berry purple

2. YSL Rouge Pour Couture Glossy Stain in Violet $35

YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain Violet Edition

3. IMAN Luxury Lipstick in Taboo $10

IMAN Luxury Lipstick Taboo

4. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Jewels Collection in Ametista$36

DOLCE & GABBANA Classic Cream Lipstick - Sicilian Jewels Colection Ametista - bright purpl

5. Make Up For Ever Rouge Intense Color 14 $20MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense pearly dark violet


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  • She rocked it! And I tried purple a couple of weeks ago, it’s a fun color 🙂

  • Angela Garza

    As much as I love this, I could never pull this off. Well maybe at a really extravagent party, but not an everyday event. This is so pretty on, I would just be soooo scared. I have seen this color on other women, and it looks really pretty. I think it looks much better with a gloss over it, for some reason it just works well like that.

  • Fabulous!!!