Do's and Dont's of wearing plum lipsticks

by Nikko Tuazon
Nov 21, 2016
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This holiday season, plum and dark lipsticks are making a comeback, so move over light and bright lippies.

But before you get too excited, read this so you can avoid looking like a vampire or a rock star. (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sought the help of professional makeup artists, Anton Patdu, Mark Qua, and Gery Penaso, and listed down their do's and don'ts to pull off the plum color.

1. Wear it with the right attitude.

Gery explained, "Plum lipstick is a strong lip color, and best time to wear this lip shade is if you want to make a statement and feel empowered."

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2. Pick the perfect shade for you.

Both mestizas and morenas can rock those plum lips, but Anton suggests, "Usually, those shades that has a bluish deep purple undertone would suit the fair to light skin, while yellowish warm purple undertone would suit the morenas."

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3. Consider your OOTD.

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Gery says it has to go with a not-too-loud outfit.

"Consider your outfit also, I would suggest wearing plum lipsticks with a chic minimalist style of clothes."

4. Confidence is key.

Mark remarks, "For me, although there's a lot of different shades of plum lippies in the market, the safest way is just to look for a shade that would flatter them the most.

"I believe that anyone can use a plum colored lips as long as they know how to use and carry it."

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5. Focus on the lips.

The plum color alone can already make one look stronger and bolder.

Mark explains, "If you're gonna use plum lippies, make sure that your lips is your target focal point.

This means you need to keep your eye and cheek area light as much as possible so the look will work."

6. Keep it simple!

Plum lips give that goth vibe, so keep the rest of your makeup simple.

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Gery says, "If you're going for a strong lip shade, it's ideal to match it with a simple neutral eye makeup.

"Choose only one: either the eyes or lips. Too much of everything at once is makeup overkill."

Anton's tip: "If you are not a professional, put mascara lang, and then the plum lipstick, and you are good to go."

7. Warm, Brown Eye shadows.

What shades of eye shadow compliment a plum lippie?

Anton suggests, "The current eye shadow colors that is in this fall are actually browns that have a red undertone. The warmer it looks on the skin, the better.

"Those eye shadows that has a velvety texture, which is rich in color with a subtle shine are the best ones to pair it with."

8. Don't over draw it!

Avoid overdrawing your lips with plum lippies.

Anton elaborates, "Do not overdraw it kasi usually dark lipsticks are already overpowering. So just go on your natural lip line."

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Mark further adds, "I like plum lippies that are applied perfectly, so as much as possible, do it the right way!

"It's not fun to see someone with overdrawn plum lips, it looks messy."

9. Chapped lips? Don't push it!

The color will later crack and peel-off. We don't want La Nino happening on our lips!

Gery told PEP, "Make sure also to moisturize your lips, to avoid chapped lips."

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