How to wear Purple/Violet Lipstick : Tips & Tricks


Color generally doesn’t scare me but if its one shade that I find difficult to pull off – its a purple/violet lipstick! Unless they’re packed with a lot of pink/red undertones, purple lip colors tend to give me a dull, corpse-bride look. I’ve seen a lot of women, especially older women, wearing purple lipsticks and it gives them the same dull look. But with a few simple tricks, you can make purples work for you!


How to wear PurpleViolet Lipstick

How to wear PurpleViolet Lipstick


The lipstick I’m wearing here is Violet Crush by Estee Lauder. It is part of the Limited Edition Violet Underground collection (Fall 2012). Its a gorgeous intense violet lipstick with a bit of pink. The formula is very luxurious – rich pigment in a smooth, buttery soft formula and a feather light feel. (full review coming soon!).



How to wear a Purple/Violet Lipstick


How to wear PurpleViolet Lipstick

How to wear PurpleViolet Lipstick



1. Get flawless skin!


Conceal your under eyes properly, cover up any redness you might have. I have used Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup (no. 04 Golden Vanilla) for this look – it gives excellent coverage for blemished skin.


2. Keep the eyes soft and neutral!


Stick to liner and neutral eye shadows, don’t use too much kohl and skip going overly smokey. If you really want to experiment, use purple toned eye shadows/liners like I’ve used here. I’ve used the Clinique Eye shadow Quad in Plum Seduction along with Clarins kohl in Plum. Apply loads of Mascara!


3. Pop a bright candy pink blush on the cheeks!


This is the most important trick! To prevent the purple from washing you out, use the brightest pink blush you have! I have usedΒ Sleek blush in Flamingo here! Bright pink blushes give that doll-like look that balances out the corpse-bride look of a purple lipstick.


How to wear PurpleViolet Lipstick

How to wear Purple/Violet Lipstick


Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick - Violet Crush

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick – Violet Crush


Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick - Violet Crush

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick – Violet Crush


[note color=”#FFE4C4″]I had a tough time photographing this lipstick. I’ve edited the pictures a little bit to show the true color of the lipstick on the lips, I hope it shows up like that on your device/browser (different browsers/devices manage colors differently.)

I hope you found these tips useful! Have you ever tried Violet lipsticks? Share your comments below! [/note]



  1. February 13, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    You look stunning Ankita. Thanks for this wonderful post πŸ™‚

    • Corallista
      February 14, 2013 / 9:31 am

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  2. February 13, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    Really helpful post…I have MAC Up The Amp which was a gift…and its just lying around coz I paired it with subtle pink blushes and neutral eyes…doll like blushes didn’t even come to my thank you so much for this idea πŸ™‚ Definitely gotta try πŸ˜‰

  3. neha
    February 13, 2013 / 6:32 pm

    I have man’s heroine and up.the amp both from the same family.and you’re right they’re tricky! But cos i loooove purple lippies πŸ™‚ btw you are gorgeous here πŸ™‚

  4. February 13, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    You look absolutely Gorgeous girl <3
    I hate purple/violet lipsticks but made me fall in love with them πŸ™‚

  5. February 13, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    Pretty! πŸ™‚

  6. pinky
    February 13, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    All I can say WOW πŸ™‚ you look like a pretty doll

  7. February 13, 2013 / 7:15 pm

    This is a beautiful colour…very different from all the other purples which always seem like they havew a tinge of grey in them. Ur earrings r very pretty too.
    I love EL pure color lipsticks…their formulation and packaging are both so luxurious.

  8. February 13, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    I love violets, fuchsia, hot pinks and any bright lipsticks! And you absolutely stunning ^.^

  9. nids
    February 13, 2013 / 8:04 pm

    loved the makeup on u… the lippi is gorgeous n ur eye lashes r looking sooo lengthy… fab post ankita πŸ™‚

  10. February 13, 2013 / 8:08 pm

    Awsesome! You can even make Black lip color look cool, m sure πŸ™‚

  11. Swati
    February 13, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    This is the best & different look I have ever seen! Kudos!

  12. February 13, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    You look stunning Ankita! You should wear purples more often!

  13. February 13, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    Can’t thank you enough for this post Ankita <3 I never dared to try violet lippies till now and I so agree with that dead corpse look !

  14. PAMELA
    February 13, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    wow!looked gorgeous! loved the earrings too. is it made of thread? i like violet and purple lipstick a lot. because i like to experiment with colors. it is fun!

    • Corallista
      March 15, 2013 / 1:18 am

      Yes they’re made of thread πŸ™‚ Got them from Queue Up. I’m glad to see someone experiments with Violets/purples!

  15. February 13, 2013 / 9:38 pm

    wow! You look fabulous!! I’ve never tried to wear purple lipstick. But it looks so pretty!

  16. Shabana
    February 14, 2013 / 12:49 am

    Very useful Ankita….actually i own MAC Up the Amp….MAC lipsticks are costlier here in Abu Dhabi, so i ordered some lipsticks online, i bought all the lipsticks by seeing swatches and review online, the lipsticks included Up the Amp, but after seeing the lipstick personally i became lil reluctant to try it….u have given very useful tips, lemme take my purple lipstick out and try…..

  17. Shabana
    February 14, 2013 / 12:50 am

    Thank you…….

  18. Shabana
    February 14, 2013 / 12:53 am

    And you are looking Gorgeous……….

  19. Saumya
    February 14, 2013 / 11:26 am

    Been a silent follower of your blog Ankita. This post finally elicited a comment cause I have never seen anyone this pretty with violet lipstick. The post on natural glowing makeup was awesome. Could you suggest alternate products for the natural look. Thanks.

  20. February 14, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    Wow! you look gorgeous Ankita… And Purple lippies suit you so well β™₯

  21. February 14, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    I loved this look Ankita, yeah pink blush looks good with purple lips. Both are blue toned shades , right?

    • Corallista
      February 14, 2013 / 10:38 pm

      Yes both are cool toned πŸ™‚

  22. kiran
    February 14, 2013 / 10:02 pm

    can u suggest any mac colour like this bcz I tried Rebel but it was really darkkkkkk. m nc40 so plz suggest any mac purple colour.thanks

    • February 15, 2013 / 11:55 am

      Kiran, Just wait for a few more days. The strength collection will be in stores and it has just the right purple shade in it for darker skin tones!

  23. Riffat Saeed
    February 14, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    Stunninggggggg <3
    looking so beautiful really.

  24. Meg
    February 15, 2013 / 12:39 am

    Gorgeous! this color suits you so much that I couldn’t resist to leave a comment. πŸ™‚

    however, this doesn’t really look violet/purple, it’s more like a bright anime pink. Is it right or is it because of the lighting?


    • Corallista
      March 15, 2013 / 1:12 am

      Its more purplish in person, I had a tough time photographing it!

  25. February 15, 2013 / 11:54 am

    You carry it off so wellllll! Gorgeous

  26. Manisha
    February 15, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    You look drop-dead gorgeous, Ankita. And I just loved your ear-rings. Where do you get these from? πŸ™‚
    I’ve tried Flamboyant Fuchsia from Faces Go Chic range, it’s not technically purple, but it’s quite close.

    • Corallista
      March 15, 2013 / 1:12 am

      The earrings are from Queue up! πŸ™‚

  27. Gunjan
    February 15, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    What have u applied for the glow ?

    • Corallista
      February 15, 2013 / 8:09 pm

      Have just used the Clinique foundation and the Sleek blush. Its the camera flash thats adding the glow.

  28. September 28, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    you are looking kinda doll dear, totally impressed with your tips but I want to know any good purple you suggest from Inglot?

    • Corallista
      October 2, 2013 / 12:37 am

      Hey Sangeeta, sorry haven’t tried any purples from Inglot yet. If I do, would definitely let you know.

  29. preeti
    October 7, 2013 / 1:19 pm

    you look nice ! πŸ™‚
    i wanted to know more about these lenses.. which ones are these? also could you do more articles on lenses pleaseeeee!
    i am a beginner in makeup and i although i admire such work of art but i am no good at it. i wear specs and not much scope of eye makeup. 😐

  30. sonia
    January 28, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    It really looks lovely, could you suggest any dupes for the color

  31. Joo
    September 1, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    beautiful shade u look so glamorous

  32. Joo
    September 17, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    need sm time to get familiar with sm dark colors ,, nt a dark lip color person.. amazing shade..

  33. apeksha
    September 21, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    Excellent tips! Loved your earrings!

  34. Yvonne
    December 18, 2014 / 1:00 am

    I love the lipstick color!!! unfortunately i can’t find it here since it’s from a special edition called Violet Underground by Estee Lauder so i found a dupe and i love the ccolor!!!

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