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June 9, 2010

Best 2010 Summer Trend: Bold Purple Toned Lippies (Fuchsia, Hot Pinks and Lavender)

Filed under: Color Trends,Cosmetics — luxebeaute @ 9:57 pm

Yes it’s true… I have removed all my usual neutral lipsticks from the purse in exchange for some bold and brash new hues. So long to my beloved Blonde Venus (Nars), Totally Nude (Too Faced Cosmetics) and Fresh Moroccan (MAC), hello amped vamp! Think multi colored rose garden this summer.

Hot bold Pinks: My #1 hot pink shade pick so far is definitely MAC lipstick in Girl about Town ($14.00). I picked this one up in March or April on a whim (aka when utilizing the Back to Mac program getting 3 free lipsticks) and I must say it was a surprisingly fine choice. It’s a creamy opaque in a bright pink & fuchsia shade and there is absolutely no color change from container to lips, which is incredibly rare for bright shades. It’s a rich deep bright pink, if that makes sense! Coming in at a close second would be Centrifuchsia by Lime Crime ($16.00) and Rebel by Mac ($14.00). In comparison to GAT, Centrifishcia is a tad shinier and thinner while Rebel is not quite as rich in pigment, a lighter hot pink yet just as bright. While the color difference between the two shades is only by a smidgen, I would say (IMHO) based on undertones that Girl About Town really pops on more pale skin while Rebel is amazing on darker skin.  Show Orchid (MAC) is comparable to the above two but is more “see through”. Being that this is the case, I imagine that it goes on differently for everyone and can be enhanced (either lighter or brighter) by layering. While I wouldn’t dare add gloss to Girl about Town, Show Orchid would be a great back up if you desire to have a “Mac Glass”look.  If your looking more for a transparent brightness that doesn’t overwhelm, go with Sunrise Fuchsia by Givinchy or Magenta by Motives.

Lilac/Violet/Lavander(ish) Shades: My Hands down, #1 pick here is Up the Amp (MAC)- I wear this one at least once a week. This creamy deep shade is amazing. It’s like magic and looks gorgeous on all skin tones. There’s something crazy about this formula- in fact when I’m grabbing lippies out of my handbag, this one looks like any of my beige neutrals at first glance bc its sort of mauve but then goes on amazingly deep Violet color. [MAC, please someday start putting the names of shades on the side of containers for us addicts, will ya?!]. Also good are Airborne Unicorn by Lime Crime, Lavender Whip by Mac, and the more subtle Iced Lavender by NYX.. And don’t forget: Lavender-ish shades can be a little unforgiving, they really need to be tried out to find what works. I don’t suggest ordering on line and please whatever you do, don’t go Matte. Understandably, if this color trend continues into Winter (which I am betting it will with variations), save it for then. That is, if you can get away with it- these bright and purplish hues are much more flattering in a non mutted state of color.

Magenta & Purple Shades: While I haven’t personally hit the electrified Magenta lippie market yet simply because Purple and reds have always been my staple “go to” look when I feel like something different, little birdies are telling me its all about Rock Chick by Lancôme. If you’re a brave soul with a darker edge,  go deeply bold with Rebel (a vivid purple) or Cyber (a majorly bright deep purple), both by MAC.

The key to these bright trends is you want the shade to pop out as Pretty and complimentary, not as 1980’s bright. You know, be subtle in your not so subtleness! And nix the eye shadow, or leave it totally neutral flesh tone. Remember, these shades stand alone. When I’m doing these lippies, I tend to go with just mascara (curling lashes a wee bit more than my usual daytime look to make up for it) and at night I nix the black liner for beautiful bright yet subtle one  in in a complimentary but not overwhelming shade, usually VaVaVoom gel liners in Peakock or Marcasite (by Pritty Kitty of course!).

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