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.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Satin, $27, available at Chanel; Deborah Lippmann Under A Spell, $22, available at Deborah Lippmann; Jin Soon for Tibi Nail Polish in Obsidian Galaxy Black, $18, available at Tibi; Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Black Tie, $50, available at Lipstick Queen.
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.
Deborah Lippmann in Glitter And Be Gay, $19, available at Deborah Lippmann; Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy, $22, available at Urban Decay; Nails Inc. in Bankside Modern Art, $20, available at Nails Inc.; Ardency Inn Modster Long Play in Twist, $25, available at Sephora.
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.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Daisy, $18, available at Sephora; Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 400, $34, available at Giorgio Armani; Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo, $30, available at Sephora; Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat, $19, available at Sephora.
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