Updating your fall makeup bag is something all beauty aficionados look forward to—there's something about a creamy new lipstick in a darker shade (one that won't melt off in the summer heat, mind you) that makes us feel giddy. Like sliding on a soft sweater, fall-inspired lipsticks warm us up and send our hearts a-flutter. FYI: It's about to be cuffing season, so you'll need a shade to make you feel especially sultry.
When this time of year comes around, we're ready to take in all the velvety new shades, moisturizing formulas, and pretty packaging. But to be fair, makeup very rarely has a "one size fits all" result—our complexions and beauty needs are all quite different. To help pare things down, we've done some research and found the 20 most flattering shades that will make all your fall-time dreams come true, from purples to neutrals to browns and the OG classic true reds. We've officially got you covered.
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Purple, Bordeaux, and Berry
A lipstick called Full Kisses? We'll take it. Give this full-coverage, vibrant blueberry lipstick a try as the flat top bullet amplifies the volume and fullness on the fleshy part of your upper and lower lip—kind of like what happens when you've been kissing for a while.
Beauty products in stick form are the future, right? This deep red offering is both soft and non-drying and can be used as a matte lipstick, liner, and cheek blush. I'm officially floored. The co-founders explain, "It is kiss-, eat-, and, drink-proof to last all day."
Neither a lipstick nor a gloss, Nyx's Matte Lip Cream is a hybrid of all things wonderful. It glides on silky smooth, sets to matte, but stays durable and moisturizing all day. It comes in this super-moody dark bordeaux color—essentially, the lipstick equivalent of a crisp fall night.
I'm about to make a shocking statement—this is Dolce & Gabbana's first-ever matte lipstick. Jam-packed with conditioning oils and emollients, this dark purple shade has an optical blurring effect—as in, it's literally impossible to mess up.
Formulated with a pain-free plumping process (it's magical), Pixi's exclusive-to-Target light berry lipstick uses peptides and hyaluronic acid to thoroughly moisturize and spur collagen production in your lips. During a time when your lips are most likely chapped from the wind, this is a necessity.
As part of Urban Decay's throwback capsule collection, this bright purple with pink undertones brings all the nostalgia of the brand's earliest creations. Though it's a 20-year-old shade, it's shockingly modern and fresh-looking as well.
Neutral and Brown
First recommended to me by our editorial director, Faith, Bond Girl isn't easy to pin down. As you layer it on, it transforms from a neutral with slightly brown undertones to a maroon. Believe me when I say it works for everyone. Faith explains: "The lipstick shade had soft, barely discernible purple undertones that made it the perfect complement to my yellow-based complexion. The shade didn't scream Look at me! but rather seemed to bring out the depth of color in my natural lip color."
Get super glossy with this on-trend vinyl lip in a color that's somewhere between cognac and leather. It holds like a stain and contains a high concentration of water-soluble pigments to pack a colorful punch.
Does anything sound better than a neutral lipstick called Sunday Vibe? I can't think of a single thing. Show off an effortless, weekend-ready pout with The Estée Edit's jojoba oil–infused creamy (but still matte) lipstick. In fact, one commenter said it was "pigmented af," so you know it's good.
I love a two-step lip product. It makes me feel like it's really working hard for me. Apply the doe-foot to clean, bare lips and let it dry for two minutes; then apply the deep-conditioning on top to seal it all up. This will prevent the mocha hue from feathering, crumbling, or fading.
A little warmer than the average neutral, this cream-finish lipstick is everything we expected out of a Victoria Beckham collab: chic, understated, and great in quality. Beckham says of the shade, "I love to make women feel like the best version of themselves." Sounds good to me.
Sometimes all you need is a classic red to get you through the day. Even better is when said red is filled with shea butter, coconut oils, and grapefruit peel oils to soften your lips, as well as special technology to match your body temperature. It yields an unprecedented second skin feel that only Milk Makeup has mastered.
Dior's Rouge Dior Lipstick actually fills in the creases in your lips—creating a larger, more plumped look. See, it uses tiny spheres of hyaluronic acid (the best moisturizing ingredient… ever) to completely transform your lips while delivering seriously sexy color.
Proof that a lipstick doesn't need to be pricey to fulfill all your needs, Neutrogena's version is easy to apply (there's nothing better than a chubby pen, IMHO) and feels like a balm. It allows for a sheer wash of color that is the perfect added oomph to any fall day.
We're not used to shopping at Victoria's Secret for lipstick (it's usually more of a V-Day lingerie outing), but this tube of matte goodness smells like candy, is super pigmented, and never dries out your lips. Think of it like the boudoir version of your favorite liquid lipstick.
Dusty Rose, Pink, and Mauve
This one was inspired by a character in Dracula—so I'm already in. It adds just a natural flush—like your lip color but a little bit better. It's subdued but chic, understated but totally cool. Plus, it's all-natural with a creamy, semi-matte finish.
This is my personal fave. I usually shy away from true pinks for fear they'll look too bubblegum on me. Not this one; it's sheer enough that it feels and looks just like a balm—but you can layer it on for a truly juicy dose of color. It's the first lip product I've ever used that appears dewy instead of glossy. Basically, it's perfection.
I've never been more intrigued by a lipstick than this one—Soft Femme sounds like my autumn beauty alter ego. It's a pretty mauve that will work with all your best neutrals for the season.
This dusty rose (yes, like Behati Prinsloo's newborn baby) feels like it melts right into your lips. It's creamy, it's glossy, and it stays on for hours. The cute tubes are filled with incredibly pigmented product that boasts the prettiest, most flattering color.
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