The fall season gets me excited about a few priceless things: Halloween movies, whiskey-based cocktails, and, most of all, permission to dust off the fall lip colors I had to push to the back of my makeup drawer all summer. When I lived in New York City, I went all-out with my fall beauty look—the dark lips, the dark hair, all of it. But now I live in Los Angeles, a city that doesn't really have fall (it was literally 92 degrees today). So, longing for crisp, chilly weather and the beauty looks that go with it, I couldn't help but wonder about the fall lip trends happening back east.
Fueling my curiosity was a report from Byrdie's NYC senior editor and resident lipstick aficionado Hallie Gould, who says, "There's been a shift in the NYC lipstick scene that has begun to favor a bit of shiny texture over matte." According to Hallie, this year's NYC trends are favoring an effortless, dewy lip. "Like you just licked your lips and left the house," she says. "That, and the inevitable purples and berries. There's this 'just bitten' kind of vibe, like a Bordeaux popsicle stain in that it's not entirely precise or perfect."
NYC makeup artist Azra Red of Honey Artists confirms this sentiment, adding that this year's NYC girl is all about "super-hydrating but long-lasting and buildable colors." It's not about the high-maintenance mattes anymore, but instead shades that "you can easily apply yourself at any time anywhere."
Needless to say, I was desperate to find out what real NYC girls are using to achieve this. So I got in touch with a team of data experts at Amazon to find out the absolute best-selling fall lip color in NYC this year. To my shock and delight, the best seller cost just $9. Read on to see the drugstore lipstick NYC girls are loving this fall!
According to our trusty source from Amazon, the top-selling fall lip color being shipped to NYC this year is none other than a $9 CoverGirl pick. This affordable find falls right in line with Hallie's and Red's reports: a cool-girl mauve shade, long-wear formula, and moisturizing topcoat for hydration and a hint of shine. What's great about the topcoat in particular is that you can continue to reapply it all day like a lip balm, to keep your lips soft without causing the color to feather. Thanks, NYC girls. We're adding this to our Amazon carts stat.
Keep scrolling to shop five similar shades recommended by our makeup artist and editors!
These Burt's Bees crayons are Red's personal favorite fall lip colors of the year. "They are moisturizing and hassle-free to apply, even without a mirror," she says.
Byrdie's team of editors all agree for that just-bitten, not-too-matte look, Glossier does it best.
This all-natural pick is editor Victoria Hoff's top recommendation for re-creating the NYC girl's fall lip.
Another affordable and moisturizing find is this stunning shade from cruelty-free brand Pixi.
Repurpose your matte lipsticks of last year by softly dabbing them in the center of your bottom lip.