New York Woman Fashion Week PW/AW 2017 Zac Posen show

May 31, 2016

If you’ve always shied away from a purple lip, we’re here to assure you that it doesn’t have to be scary at all. Whether you only want to try a light tint, or you want to go straight for full-on matte colour, we have ideas for every comfort zone here for you.



This is the best way to take baby steps towards wearing a purple lip: a barely-there coat of gloss that adds just a hint of colour. Tarte’s LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Gloss in Energy Noir does the job, and we find the cool-toned purple to be very flattering, while keeping your look natural.

tarte energy noir

$32, available at Sephora.




If you’re ready for something brighter but still want to keep a glossy finish, we say go for a moisturising lipstick in a warm purple, if you want to let a bright lip keep the rest of your makeup looking refreshed. Try the Za Vibrant Moist Vivid Dare Lipstick in 405.

za vibrant moist

$18.90, available at Watsons.




A glossy lip is great, but we think a purple lip is way more fun in a matte finish. Sure, it takes a bit more care and effort to apply properly, but you get an instant statement lip. For something more fun, try a bright fuchsia matte like this NYX Matte Lipstick in Aria – matching purple glitter on the eyes optional, but encouraged (if you dare).

nyx matte

$13, available at Sephora.






We love how this look is reminiscent of lips that have been sipping on red wine; it can also be considered an intriguing take on the ombre lip trend. Our choice of a wine shade is Tom Ford’s Ultra-Rich Lip Colour in Purple Noon; concentrate the colour in the centre of your lips, then use a lip brush to smudge outwards.

tom ford ultra rich

$75, available at Tom Ford Beauty counters.



A true statement lip – a deep, matte purple can be the only accessory you need. A colour like this should definitely be applied with a lip brush for precision, or if you’re going for a liquid formula like Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Chianti, carefully outline your lips with the applicator before filling in the colour.

stila stay all day

$36, available at Sephora.




All model images courtesy M.A.C.