Holiday Beauty Inspiration: Lupita Nyong'o's Bold Violet Lip

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Heading to a holiday party this weekend? A red lip will always be classic, but take a cue from Lupita Nyong'o and try a chic violet pucker instead—we loved the cool purple tone she wore to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Hollywood.

To create the look, makeup artist Nick Barose swiped on a bright fuchsia lipstick by MAC as the base color. "I paired electric purple lips with her black and white Prabal Gurung tux dress, a la '70s supermodels, and it's a fun alternative to a red lip for the holidays," he told Then, he added a sheer metallic sheen by dabbing a purple eye shadow at the center. "A metallic hint in the center of the lip brings out the color even more, and adds interesting textures," he noted. Even if you don't opt for a violet shade like the star, you can still amp up your lip color using the same method. Just pick up either a metallic hue close to your lip color, or a sheer, opalescent shadow, and pat the color over the top of your lips with a clean makeup brush. It's an easy way to expand your current lipstick wardrobe, and present a modern twist to the old-school matte effect.

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