How to rock purple lipstick

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There’s something about purple lipstick - it can definitely look intimidating in the tube. But purple doesn’t actually deserve its hard-to-wear reputation, and in fact, is often considered to be a neutral in the make-up world.

The colour is trending on the red carpet too, with Taraji P. Henson modelling the hue at the recent American Music Awards.

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Taraji opted for a slick of Lip Bar’s Crown Me, a vibrant violet-fuchsia hue, which really popped against her plain crisp white shirt.

When you’re in the mood to make a bold statement, violets or deep plums are an excellent choice because they tend to work on just about every skin tone.

If you have a fair to light complexion, act like Dineo Moeketsi and opt for a berry-hued colour, such as Topshop’s Matte Lip Bullet in Call Me Queen Bee, a deep fuchsia shade.

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Or amp up your pout with Tom Ford Lip Color in Violet Fatale, a stunning magenta. But if you’re warm-toned, look for red-based purple lipsticks. These richer colours blend red and purple for an elegant look. For instance, Maybelline’s Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick in Berry Bossy delivers a pretty pink-based plum with a creamy finish. Or a nice introduction for beginners to the colour is Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heather Shimmer, a shimmery nude-plum shade.

Now, if you have cool-toned skin, get excited because you can wear just about any shade of purple lipstick! Don’t be afraid to seek out blue-based purples.

Celebs who rock the purple lip well.

Thembi Seete

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Samkelo Ndlovu

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Thembisa Mdoda

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Natasha Thahane

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Omuhle Gela

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Relebogile Mabotja

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Phuti Khomo

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Pictures: Instagram 

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