Fall Lipstick Challenge: Nude Vs. Red!

As with most trends, fashion loves a little game of extremes. And the same goes for fall makeup, in particular, autumn lip shades. So, we decided to take our two favorite pouts of the moment—a warm pale nude and a vibrant, racy red—and let them go head to head (or lip to lip!). While fall's nude lip seems a natural fit for the season's more austere minimalist themes, the bright red mouth is more akin to fall's eclectic, playful trends. But rest assured, there are no hard and fast rules here. If you choose the more bashful nude, be sure to pair it with a bolder eye, while the classic red lip looks best with a clean complexion and a single swipe of the blackest mascara. Either way, we put this fall lipstick face-off to you: Does nude's quiet impact speak louder than words or is a fast-talking red more your speed?

Above, from left: Thakoon fall 2010 backstage image via Nars;
Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Beige Indecise, $30, available in September at Neiman Marcus; Dolce & Gabbana fall 2010 runway image via CoverGirl/Pat McGrath; Dolce & Gabanna Classic Cream Lipstick in Cosmopolitan, $30, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Above, from left: Timo Weiland fall 2010 presentation image via Timo Weiland; Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, $32, available at Chanel; D&G fall 2010 runway image via CoverGirl/Pat McGrath; Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain in Exposed, $24, available at Tarte Cosmetics and Sephora.
Above, from left: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Stars Lipcolour Compact in Linda's Beige, $11.99, available at L'Oréal Paris; Sephora Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Gorgeous Red, $14, available at Sephora.
Above, from left: Illamasqua Lipstick in Maneater, $22, available at Sephora; model at 2010 NYFW image by Lianna Tarantin; DuWop Private Nude personal color changing lipstick, $22, available in September at Sephora; Aquascutum fall 2010 image via CoverGirl/Pat McGrath.

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