People tend to categorize colors by season — pastels for spring, summer whites, fall moody hues — especially in the beauty industry. As we head into autumn, it's inevitable that we will see those wine, berry, and oxblood lipsticks hit the shelves and start #trending before we break out our first beanies.
Now, don't get us wrong: We love our broody tones. But something is changing (and it's not just the color of the leaves). The fall 2015 runways brought us a whole slew of lipstick choices that — wait for it — aren't burgundy. From vibrant pinks to earthy browns, there is something for everyone. With the help of makeup artists Elisa Flowers and Molly Stern, we decoded the trends and broke down how you can show off these unexpected-for-autumn hues now and into the New Year. Feast yo' lovely eyes ahead.
Okay guys, we know you're thinking that lavender is the ultimate springtime shade. But hear us out: Huge makeup brands like YSL (the gloss shown is from its fall collection), Nyx, and
Kat Von D
are proving otherwise with gorgeous muted-grape shades on everything from sheer glosses to full-coverage liquid lippies.
To avoid looking cold when wearing a lilac shade, both Stern and Flowers recommend adding a skin-brightening blush. "Keep the skin looking healthy, flushed, and alive because it'll give you more room to play around," says Stern. Flowers adds that bronzer and eye makeup will help to create a healthy balance when wearing this lip color.
Yves Saint Laurent
Gloss Volupte Lip Gloss in Violet Sequins,
RMS' lip shine is the best of both worlds — it applies like an opaque (yet moisturizing) balm and then wears into a gorgeous, subtle stain.
Lip Shine in Royal,
This vibrant, high-shine gloss will pop on all skin tones.
Make Up For Ever
Artist Plexi-Gloss in Lilac,
This liquid lippy dries super-matte, so we suggest pairing it with dewy skin — any cream blush will do the trick.
Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Sway,
Fuchsia When the models at Carolina Herrera's fall show stepped out with vivid, deep-pink pouts, we did a silent round of applause. Fast-forward to Armani Privé's couture show last month, and we straight-up swooned at the fuchsia lips and glowing skin. Pink is in, and we couldn't be more pumped. "Fuchsia lipsticks brighten and flatter all skin tones," says Flowers. "If you're feeling drab, it's a great pick-me-up and can be worn any time of day." As for Stern, she prefers this hot-pink hue paired with either a copper eye or a classic liquid liner. "It's a nice twist on the iconic 'glamour' look of a red," she says.
Tom Ford Beauty
Lip Color in Pure Pink,
— SPONSORED — When you're looking for a lip color that pops against neutral fall knits, swap out basic burgundy for a punchy magenta. Yes, it's bold — but it also feels infinitely more fresh and unexpected. If you're not fully ready to embrace the brightness, ease into it with a blurred effect, rather than precisely painting it on. This double-tipped pencil has a pigmented lip color on one end and a smudger tip on the other to help create a subtle, soft-focus lip you'll want to wear as soon as sweater season starts.
When you rock this statement-making hue, you won't go unnoticed — that's for sure.
Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Fuchsia Fetish,
Brick Red We fell head-over-heels for the rich, brick-red lips we spotted at Naeem Khan's fall 2015 show — and we can't think of a more glamorous color to bring into fall. Stern suggests letting the lips do all the talking by keeping the eyes extremely minimal — even bare. "If you can get away without using mascara, it's really pretty," she says. "A strong brow, clean eyes, and brick lips look great together." Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in So Marilyn epitomizes Old Hollywood glam and suits a myriad of skin tones.
K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn,
This deep hue has warm, orange-brown undertones that give it a very '90s vibe.
Semi Matte Lipstick in VIP Red,
From L'Oréal's Exclusive Red collection, the shade Eva's Red (as in Longoria, obv) should be a staple in every olive-skinned gal's arsenal.
Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Reds in Eva's Red,
Not feeling daring enough to forego your trusted mascara? Flowers suggests pairing a brick-hued pout with volume-packed, fluttery lashes — so go on and pile on those coats to your heart's desire.
Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Red Paprika,
Cherry-Blossom Pink It may seem like an atypical autumn color, but we adored the way this cool, cherry-blossom (borderline bubblegum) shade stood out against the deep burgundy and purple-y black lips we saw at some of the fall shows. Models at Honor, Tibi, and MaxMara sported the refreshing signature pink, and it had us over the moon. "This [shade] is universally flattering on all skin tones and transitions seamlessly from day to night," says Flowers. Stern mentions she especially loves this shade on olive and deeper skin tones. "The pop of color it adds is so fun," she says.
Le Rouge in Rose Dahlia,
Bubblegum pink has never looked so fly.
Wet n Wild
MegaLast Lip Color in Dollhouse Pink,
Need a pick-me-up? We'd be willing to bet your mood (and your face) will feel instantly lifted after a swipe of this shade.
Le Marc Lip Crème in Jolly Molly 220,
La Diva is a prime example of a lipstick we would buy based solely on its incredible name. Luckily, its vivid color and powerful pigment pack major punch.
Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Diva,
Lip gloss isn't just for your 13-year-old self anymore — it's back and cooler than ever. We adore this sheer, cotton-candy shade from Revlon's new collection.
Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pinkissimo,
Burnt Sienna The rusty-orange lips at Manish Arora and The Blonds had us dreaming of spiked (er, hot) apple cider and all things spiced. And while many of us don't think of orange as a "wearable" color, trust us when we say that subtle sienna shades are the exception. Ilia's Lipstick in Linger has a hint o' copper that we're seriously into. "It's incredibly flattering for warm skin tones, but a look that everyone can wear," says Flowers. Stern loves this look on post-summer skin with some bronzer or a peach blush, and maybe some gloss on top. "It creates a cool kind of matchy, almost sepia-toned look," she explains.
Lipstick in Linger,
With a high-shine finish and non-sticky feel, this burnt-orange lippy is appropriate for any and all fall activities.
Pumpkin spice isn't just an amazing fall drink — it's also the perfect lip shade.
Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Spiced Orange,
Bobbi Brown's Atomic Orange is described as a pumpkin-y hue, so naturally we suggest you don it when you go pumpkin-picking with your bae.
Lip Color in Atomic Orange,
Plum The punchy-purple lips at Nanette Lepore made us do a double-take — and immediately put plum hues on our radar for fall. While it's definitely in the usual autumn color schemes, we think of plum as burgundy's more chic, but still sassy cousin. "[Plum] is a sophisticated lipstick color that can be worn by everyone," says Flowers. She recommends pairing it with glowing skin and defined brows. Pro tip: Stern suggests dabbing a peach or orange-toned gloss on the center of the lips to add a little more life to the color.
Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Plum,
Try pairing a bronze or peachy blush with this lippy to create a seamless balance of warm and cool tones.
Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria,
This deep-plum shade looks amazing on darker skin tones.
Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Villian,
A bright plum will liven up your pucker, stat.
Revolution Lipstick in Venom,
Cocoa Sporting a rich brown is a saucy alternative to your basic burgundy, and it still allows for those moody fall vibes. This luxurious cocoa shade by Dior is a must (it's limited-edition, so go get it ASAP). Stern loves chocolaty browns on fair complexions, but assures us any skin tone can wear the hue. "The key with wearing a darker color like a brown is to pop the cheeks," she says. To soften the look, Flowers suggests using a warm blush on the apples of your cheeks.
Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick in Unique,
This lighter, milk chocolate hue is unusual, yet completely wearable.
Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Milky Way,
This brown lippy is infused with subtle golden shimmer, and will instantly turn any look glam. And now, your lips can match your morning coffee order!
Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Double Espresso,
MAC's Stone is on the cool, taupe-y side of the spectrum, but suits a slew of skin tones — from light to dark (seriously, the swatches don't lie). We think it'd look badass paired with kohl-smudged eyes and terra-cotta cheeks.
MAC Lipstick in Stone,
Break the rules and pair a statement lip with an equally alluring, maroon-tinged smoky eye for a super-sultry effect.
Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Desirous,
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