TREND ALERT: A Purple Pout

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 9:28 pm
  • November 19, 2010

Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester is well-known for her daring couture style – and with her recent outing is a sheer lace jumpsuit, it’s pretty obvious why.  While this fashion plate isn’t one to shy away from a bold choice, she had the fashion community in a quandry when she veered away from the bold, red lip of the moment and instead chose something more controversial: A purple pout.

Leighton Measter in 'Purple' lipstick

Ms. Meester is not alone.  So could this mean that the next big trend in lip-wear is a not-so-easy-to-pull-off purple lip hue?  The answer is yes.  No stranger to the runway, M.A.C.’s purple lipstick ‘Violetta’ was layered onto a bevy of multi-skin toned models to great aplomb at Naeem Khan’s 2011 Fashion Week show – which makes trying this new trend a little less scary, yet still a bold-bold choice. Paired with the minimalist approach to the rest of the face – the color just looks chic in the most modern and urban sense of the word.

Model in MAC's 'Violetta' at Naeem Khan's 2011 Runway

Still not sure?  Well… you could always just dip your toe in this purple pond with a slightly less obtrusive plum lipstick or gloss, like the glamourous Julianna Margulies. Continue with the minimalist treatment on your eye and cheek, and steer clear of any overly-dark plum pouts (which will take you from glamour to goth faster than the blink of an eye) and you’ll find that a plum lip may be the chic and sophisticated cousin to an overt purple.

Julianna Margulies in 'Plum' lipstick

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