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50 shades of blackcurrant

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The famous ‘blackcurrant lip’ is spreading across the world as the ultimate statement for your pout.

We’ve seen many celebrities change their hair to mocha and other warm colours in the spirit of autumn but now it’s our lips that are getting darker.


Blackcurrant covers everything from deep reds to dark plums, but for some reason, we’re at a halt on the shade scale and many ‘purple’ shaded lipsticks are being purchased all around the world to follow on in this ‘blackcurrant lip’ trend.

As you can see in the images above, celebrities are wearing all shades of purple and I’m here to show you how to perfect this juicy lip and what lipsticks will help you achieve it. So, let’s get started;

Before application Tips:

  • Rub Vaseline on your lips and lightly brush with a tooth brush to give your lips an extra smooth look and feel. Nobody wants chapped, dry lips when applying make-up.
  • Apply a small amount of concealer to your cupids bow to enhance your lips.
  • Use a lip pencil in the same shade as your lipstick or near to, to outline your lips and make them pop!
  • After applying your lipstick, tap on some powder for the ultimate matte finish.


1. Nars, shade: Liv

This is a beautiful deep purple matte lipstick that will have a lot of staying power. It’s value is £24 at which can be too pricey for some, however – this lipstick is perfect, it’s a rich colour with a long lasting finish and will make any set of lips, pop!


2. MAC, shade: Heroine

Personally I love Mac and this colour is totally adorable! It’s bound to turn heads anywhere you go and has a beautiful shimmery finish. House of Fraser have this at £15.50,

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3. Bobbi Brown, shades: Rum Raisin, Blackberry and Desert Plum

 All of these shades would look amazing and with Bobbi Brown being well known for its fabulous lipsticks, you really couldn’t get any better for a long lasting beautiful lip. Rum Raisin, Blackberry and Desert Plum are all £20 each at which shade will you choose?

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4. La Splash Lip Couture, Shade: Manevolent

These lipsticks are a liquid formula with a matte finish and there are many shades to choose from, I chose Manevolent for this article but if you love the colour purple, you should definitely check out the shades Phantom and Criminal. They’re marked at £9.95 at usually £19.99!

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5. Sleek Lipstick, shade: Exaggerate

 If you want to opt for a more vibrant purple like Shay and Ariana, this shade is the one for you and is only £4.99 at

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6.Barry M Lipstick, shade: Lavender

 This lip paint may not be blackcurrant or dark but it is current! We are speaking about the shades of purple here after all and Kelly Osbourne is definitely a fan of this shade as she wears it often. This lipstick stands at £4.50 on

What shades will you be trying?

Words by Amy Thompson

Pictures from websites: NARS/MAC/Bobbi Brown/LA Splash Lip Couture/Sleek Lipstick/Barry M.

Celebs pic from Google images.

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