For me, fall beauty comes down to two products: a kick-ass lipstick and nail polish to match. I like to go for vampy lips and dark tips if I want a striking, polished finish, or I pair opposite colors to amp up the drama. For the best color pairings to match any mood, see the fall hues you need to get now.
Dark nails pair perfectly with deep plum lips. If you're nervous to take the plunge into a full-on matte lipstick, try a berry stain like Deborah Lippmann's new Sheer Berry. For a more pigmented pout, Lipstick Queen's Black Tie packs a lot of color. This dark lip nail duo works well in the evenings when you want to up the drama. Try these shades with a matte or iridescent black polish.
Playful nails call for playful lips. With so many texturized lacquers on the market these days, it's hard to narrow it down to just two but these take the glittered cake: Deborah Lippmann in Glitter And Be Gay is bursting with personality, but is still on trend for fall with its muted yellow. And, Nails Inc.'s limited-edition Modern Art is a speckled matte topcoat that you can add over any polish or wear solo. These fun shades deserve a flirty friend like a fuchsia lippy. Try a cream-based lipstick like Urban Decay's Anthem, which is my favorite shade this season. Or, Ardency Inn has a slightly softer shade called Twist.
For an understated and elegant look, an almost-bare nail looks classic with a neutral lip. Hourglass's range of Lip Stylos comes in a variety of nudes that fit different skin tones. Nude on nude looks great day and night. But if you prefer to play up only one asset and are looking to introduce some color to your pout, pick up a statement red. This winning combo of beige and red is timeless (and downright sexy, if I say so myself). Giorgio Armani launched the perfect red this season: 400.