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 deep blackberry lipstick shade looks seriously gorgeous on dark skin tones, and the buildable formula lets you customize your color payoff. Swipe it on for a sheer wash of purple stain, or add two layers to lips for a high concentration of color. Bonus: Nourishing natural oils and vitamin E keep lips hydrated and protected against dropping temps.
This rich plum is begging to elevate your fall beauty look. The formula dries to a creamy, vibrant finish with little transfer and maximum color. Since this shade is so pigmented, you'll want to use a lip liner in the same shade to prevent the color from bleeding. (This is also a great way to map out where the lipstick should be applied before you open your bullet.) Need a lipliner suggestion? We got you, this one's a perfect match.
With a waterproof, smudge-resistant 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.
Bare lips are like toast without jam—just no good. This blackberry-inspired shade is formulated with an uplifting scent of citrus made from fresh pressed fruit. It's the perfect purple lipstick to uplift your mood any time of the day (or night), and is made with triple-milled pigments for serious saturation. Lips feeling a bit dry? Give this Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask a try under this purple hue—it helps revive chapped lips with ingredients like lanolin and organic agave for a smooth lipstick canvas.
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.