How to wear purple lipstick is a question I’ve explored.
I mean, hey, that’s purple lipstick we’re talking about – super sexy, super edgy, super chic yet, super difficult to wear. Dark lipstick can make it seem like you’re trying to be Rihanna or just confused about when Halloween is. A lot of dark and vampy looking lips have been floating around in the AW14 fashion press. Without having any tenancies to start my Twilight vampire story — I’ve always been obsessed with the smoky Gothic look. There’s something sexy about bright, but mysterious eyes and oxblood lips. With the right makeup, anyone can rock this look (even though it’s more appropriate to wear in cold seasons or you’ll end up looking like a confused Emo).
To make it work for you: warm skin tones will suit a reddish to purple lipstick whereas cool skin tones will suit more cooling lipsticks. Keep your eye makeup natural, it’ll work to your advantage. In this shoot, Neon, my lovely Makeup Artist, didn’t build dark layers in the eyes. Opt for sexy, nicely lined cat eyes, or give a natural looking smoky eye a try. Lastly, flawless skin makes the perfect finish, you kind of want to keep the rest of your face neutral and shine-free, so grab your fave matte foundation and aim for full coverage, it’ll polish your skin up to that porcelain-like perfection. I’ve listed my favourite plum lipsticks and some of my other favourite gothic treats. Happy lipping!
Location: South London
Photographer: Jon Reid
Make-Up Artist: Neon Velvet