Plum Dandy: Lips Go Deep for Spring

We're so thrilled that plum is one of the hottest lip shades for spring! The thing with glosses in the plum family (ie, maroons, wines, eggplants, berries, etc.) is that they're so deep and dramatic that, aside from your lipcolor, you barely need a stitch of makeup. It's so easy: Swipe on your favorite plum gloss or lipstick, dab on some concealer, apply mascara, and you're out the door. Any trend that saves us time in the morning is genius! From Chanel Iman to Zoe Saldana (left), we've rounded up our favorite purple puckers in all of celebdom.
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 08, 2010

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We’re so thrilled that plum is one of the hottest lip shades for spring! The thing with glosses in the plum family (ie, maroons, wines, eggplants, berries, etc.) is that they’re so deep and dramatic that, aside from your lipcolor, you barely need a stitch of makeup. It’s so easy: Swipe on your favorite plum gloss or lipstick, dab on some concealer, apply mascara, and you’re out the door. Any trend that saves us time in the morning is genius! From Chanel Iman to Zoe Saldana (left), we’ve rounded up our favorite purple puckers in all of celebdom.

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At a MOMA art exhibit, Amerie rocks pretty, plummy gloss and mascara. Simple, sexy, and chic.

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Stila Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24) is a lush plum hue made of real crushed pomegranates (chock full of antioxidants!) and stays put all day.

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Rachel Roy sports a burnished maroon lip at a recent Cinema Society screening. So striking with her kohl-smudged eyes and strong brows.

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At Jason Wu’s Spring 2010 show, Chanel Iman flaunted a flawlessly lined, wine-stained pout.

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Solange wears a deep eggplant lipstick at Beyonce’s fragrance launch. The vampy shade looks gorgeous with her golden-brown complexion.

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Bare Escentuals Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Balm in Portofino ($15) is a sheer plum-wine lip tint—a perfect way to rock deeper hues for day.

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India Arie’s crushed blackberry-hued lipstick was so stunning, she needed no other makeup besides a slash of liquid eye liner.

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In between fashion shows, supermodel Sessilee Lopez paired her statement-making, violet-purple lipstick with slicked-back hair.

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At a recent movie premiere, Queen Latifah sported a vampy, merlot-hued gloss. Since the color was so dramatic, she kept the rest of her makeup minimal.

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Revlon Matte Lipstick in Wine Not ($7.99) is an Old Hollywood-esque burgundy/maroon that’s so flattering on brown skin.

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At a Manhattan art world party, Selita Ebanks accentuated her flawless mouth with a brownish-burgundy lipstick. The warm shade is super-flattering with her bronzey highlights.

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Pussycat Dolls’ Melody Thornton hit the BET Awards red carpet working a flapper-chic, matte merlot mouth.