Beauty Pairings: Mixing Ruby Lips And Purple Pieces

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You’re smart, so we’re going to go ahead and assume you already know how valuable rich red lipsticks and purple eyeshadows are in the winter when the sun sets so early. They’re classic, elegant, and, in a season known for needing a serious boost in the sartorial department, sexy enough to garner a few second looks. But, oh, what to wear with them? What, indeed. Here, we’ve collected the best intel available on what fashions and accessories to pair with your gorgeous, ruby-and-violet makeup looks.
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Take a spin on the color wheel. Flip between shades on our Color Play series by clicking on the dynamic rainbow strip at the top of the next page to learn more tonal tricks. Playing with color has never been easier.
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Ouch! Careful with your hands. Red, whether scarlet, ruby, or magenta, is hot stuff and is always combustible. Judiciously used, this volatile tone can make memories when harnessed in Zanotti heels or (naturally) an Isabel Marant dress.
Mango Military style coat, $135.80, available at Mango; Paul & Joe Chunky-knit wool sweater, $435, available at Net-A-Porter; Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, $584.99, available at Zappos Couture; Blaise Flat Moccasin, $325, available at Loeffler Randall; American Rag Hollywood Trading Co. Night Hat 2, $264, available at American Rag.
Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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MAGENTA
Mysterious and fiery, these two colors are natural complements. When stirred together, they make magic. Witness: Alexis Bittar’s dark magenta lucite earrings are good examples of color alchemy, and, of course, Balenciaga’s satin jacket is anything but subdued.
Alexis Bittar Kite Link Earrings, $225, available at Nordstrom; Kodak EasyShare C195 Digital Camera, $114.95, available at Amazon; Miss Selfridge Hot Pink Suede Clutch Bag, $36.06, available at Miss Selfridge; Golda Gold Trim Court Shoes, $100, available at Topshop.
Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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PLUM
Think of it — this is the season for purple. Set against the long nights, the color ­—ranging from demure violets to bold, fearless plum hues — matches the night perfectly while offering more drama than classic noirs, particularly when it comes in the form of a velvet pump by Steve Madden, leather bag, or sheer Prabal Gurung skirt.
Bowery Ball Graduated Necklace, $98, available at Kate Spade, 135 5th Avenue (between west 20th and 21st streets); 212-358-0420; Milly Purple Chain Embellished Cardigan, $415, available at Stylebop; Toy Watch Purple Metallic Watch, $225, available at Bloomingdales; Modcloth Pack It Up Bag, $54.99, available at Modcloth.
Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo