A Look Back at My Favorite 2012 Trend: Purple!

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I was out shopping with my college roommate Jenyi and her adorable daughter yesterday, whose favorite color is purple (her daughter’s; Jenyi’s more into electric blue these days). That made me remember that my friend Nuy‘s little princess also loves purple best. Now I definitely went through a purple phase too when I was about their age (after my love affair with pink and before my obsession with white) and I think I was back in the violet mood this year.

From lavender pillows to plum lipsticks, I picked up quite a few purple items in 2012. I know that purple makeup was a trend this fall, but I’ve been a fan of violet-colored lipsticks and glosses for a long time. It’s weird, but I find that a sheer violet brings out the warm, golden tones in my skin (but not in a sallow kind of way). So if I want to look less washed out and enhance the natural pink tone in my pout, purple lips are the way to go. Here’s my favorite violet shades from 2012:

1. Clinique Chubby Stick in Voluptuous Violet

2. Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color in Plum Wine

3. By Terry Laque de Rose in Devil

4. Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Hocus Pocus

5. Tokidoki for Sephora tinted lip balm in Skeletrina

Pantone says that next year’s color is emerald—my birthstone, perfect!