When it comes to choosing a lipstick color, dark purple isn't usually the first shade that comes to mind—but this vibrant hue is actually one of the most universally flattering shades. With so many variations and undertones, there's a shade and formula to compliment everyone. And while it may be comfortable to reach for crimsons and burgundys once temperatures drop, you owe it to yourself as a beauty lover to try something new. From blackberry stains to matte mauves and plum lippies, keep scrolling for our guide to pulling off a violet pout.
Dark Skin Tones
This rich, velvety blackberry lipstick shade looks absolutely gorgeous on dark skin tones. It's incredibly pigmented, so you only need one swipe to get full color payoff. It has a semi-matte finish, so you don't have to worry about it clinging to dry spots. And the best part? It's formulated with hydrating and lip-plumping hyaluronic acid so all-day wear is super comfy.
This statement-making deep purple is begging to elevate your fall beauty look. Even though it has a matte finish, the formula is incredibly hydrating, thanks to a mega dose of castor oil. Since it's so richly pigmented, it's best to use a lipliner before applying so you can make sure your color lasts all day long.
With a super comfortable-to-wear formula, this matte lipstick from Urban Decay will last all day without wearing off. Whether you have a special event to go to, a long work day ahead, or need maximum coverage, this lipstick will definitely stay put. Let your lips live in the limelight by pairing with minimal eye makeup—or go Audrey with winged liner and lots of mascara.
Medium Skin Tones
We love drama (when it comes to beauty, anyway). This French vanilla-infused lipstick formula smells just as sweet as it looks on your lips. The velveteen finish leaves lips feeling ultra silky, while the doe foot applicator makes precise application a breeze. Warning: This formula means business—use a micellar water to remove.
This classic purple has subtle-cool undertones and a formula you can flex two ways: For a sheer look, dab color lightly and mix with a sheer lip gloss for shine. For a matte look, apply a minimum of two swipes and watch the color embolden as you go. Use with a lip liner if that's your vibe, but the square-angled tip on this lipstick mimics the shape of a lip brush, giving you maximum control and precision around your Cupid's bow.
The trouble with mattes is they can be drying and cakey, but this matte magenta is anything but. The shade name "Purple Temptation" lives up to the expectation that you'll be tempted to wear this color wherever you go. Its smooth, creamy formula makes for foolproof application, while the color reminds us of a purple velvet on a royal throne.
Iconic Black beauty brand Fashion Fair is back, so of course we had to include one of our favorite shades — Rebel, a rich, berry wine shade that is perfect for medium skin tones. It has a gorgeous satin-y finish and is formulated with sunflower seed oil that helps to nourish dry lips and rosemary leaf extract to soothe irritation. And it's buildable too, so you can layer it on for a night out or use just one swipe when you need a light wash of color.
Fair Skin Tones
Described as an "intense blackish-purple" shade, this lipstick from MAC Cosmetics features a creamy formula that sets to a satin finish. Want to try it on before buying? This feature on MAC's website lets you upload a photo of yourself and virtually try on the shade before you add to cart.
Famously known as one of the most iconic lipstick brands, Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in shade Va Va Violet gives complete vibrancy of color in a weightless formula. This cult-classic lipstick formula is smooth as butter and only $3, so there's literally zero reason not to try it out.
Natural marine plant extracts, vitamins A & E, and coenzyme Q10 are just a few of the ingredients in this particular formula that promise to give a cushion-like comforting feel to lips once applied. Wear alone, or apply a gloss on top for extra shine.