In my attempt to cover all the makeup bases, I’ve been really pushing myself to incorporate more color into wearable looks.  As I’ve already covered orange lips, I thought I’d work my way to another shade I haven’t yet mastered:  violet.

Stila Color Balm Lipstick Gemma 1

I blame much of my hesitation to wear lip colors in the purple family on the warmth and depth of my skin.  I’m simply not going to wear an opaque lavender a la Nicki Manaj.  And the vampy lip is fun for Fall, but Spring begs for something brighter.

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Gemma is the perfect blend of pink and violet for my lips this season.  You all know I love the formula, and while the tube and a heavy swatch can be somewhat terrifying, it wears beautifully.  The trick is choosing just the right shades for the rest of the face.

Stila Color Balm Lipstick Gemma Close Up


I like keeping my skin simple.  Anything super heavy will look even more like a mask when treading the fine line of unnatural tones and gorgeous color.  It is also important to allow for glow in the skin and shimmer on the lids.  I stuck with neutral tones, definition at the upper lashline, defined brows, and volumizing mascara.

A tip I picked up from the gorgeous Natalie at my local Sephora is to use bronzer to add depth to the face without adding a ton of color.  She tried this on a whim while playing with an OCC Lip Tar Set and said it worked perfectly.  I have to agree!  I went with an almost invisible shimmer across the top or the cheeks, forehead, and down the nose.

Violet lip color palette swatches

L to R:  Milani Liquif’eye Liner in Brown / Too Faced Shadows in Vanilla and Cinnamon Sugar /Tarte Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess / Verhoeven Blush in Indian Summer / Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Gemma

A fashionable look this Friday?  I think so!  Be on the look out for more posts in this series.  I’ll try out seasonal trends, runway colors, and artistic application techniques.  Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see.  I have a couple more posts worked out, but I’m always open to new ideas.

Stila Color Balm Lipstick Gemma 3

What are some of your favorite violet toned lip colors?  Do you stick to all plums or do you venture into the world of purple and lavender?

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