Come September, you start to hear endless chatter about sweater weather and cinnamon beverages, but in the beauty world, we get excited about fall for one reason: the lip colors. Finally, all the dark, weird shades that would look just plain morbid if we wore them in July get resurrected and put on full display. Everyone thinks of dark berries as the classic lipstick colors for fall, and they totally are, but most of us already own about 10 of these shades, and we can only stay excited about them for so long.
The second you start to get bored of the fall lipstick you already have, that's where this list comes in.
On Team Byrdie, "berry" lipstick, although a standby, is not the fall lip color we're most pumped about this year. We're more intrigued by metallic coppers, cool browns, deep purples, hunter greens, and pumpkin oranges. Sound intriguing? Keep scrolling to shop 15 fall lip colors you probably don't already own.
As Byrdie's senior editor, Hallie, wrote in a review of Flesh's lipsticks, "The finishes were soft and expensive-feeling, the color payoff was great, and the coverage was immaculate." This just-launched mahogany shade is 100% our fall 2018 vibe.
"Orange but not an obnoxious orange" is how Byrdie assistant editor Erin describes this 100% natural lipstick from Australian brand Crop, a new Byrdie obsession. The feel is creamy, but the finish is matte, and the rusty burnt-orange shade is perfect for fall.
We've been loving the throwback glossy lip look all summer and see it going nowhere this fall. Milani's formula in the mauve shade Crush is long-lasting, non-sticky, and looks cool whether you wear it alone or layer it over a darker hue.
Dior's insanely pigmented, long-wear lipsticks come in so many intriguing colors, but we're partial to this deep-purple shade, which would look bomb paired with a simple silver eye and a slick highlight.
Almost all "brown" lipsticks are more nude or pink than they are properly brown—except for this one, which is literally the color of a tree trunk. If you're into true brown colors, moisturizing nontoxic formulas, and cruelty-free brands that donate 10% of their profits to women's nonprofits, you'll be really into this.
To us, fall 2018 is more about breaking the rules than aligning with classic autumnal trends, so we are really digging unexpected products like this silver/purple/pink gloss, which you could wear on both the lips and the eyelids for that alienesque look everyone is dreaming of.
Jack-o'-lantern, but make it fashion. Why gourd-orange is not already everyone's go-to fall lip color, we will never know. Let's start the trend now with this weirdly wearable matte pick.
A lipstick called Catsuit basically screams Halloween season, but that's not why we love this affordable liquid pick. The metallic finish in Ride on My Copper is such a fun departure from the classic fall berry lip.
Okay, we had to include one berry lip on this list. However, this one is different because Tatcha's lipstick formulas are so next-level: ridiculously moisturizing, shockingly buildable, and packaged like a precious jewel. Pair this with a smoky eye and you're good to go all season.
A black lipstick that's too matte is just scary, but this one has enough hydration in the formula that you can get away with wearing it outside of Halloween. Pair with fresh skin and a glossy lid to look just goth chic enough.
Charlotte Tilbury's matte-yet-moisturizing lipstick in the reddish brown shade Bond Girl is Byrdie Editorial Director Faith's all-time fave—and a perfect neutral for fall. She wrote in a full review, "The shade didn't scream, 'Look at me!' but rather seemed to bring out the depth of color in my natural lip color. The finish itself is worthy of its own love letter, but I'll try to keep it succinct. Unlike other matte lipsticks, it applies smooth as silk and leaves a soft, velvet finish. Never drying or flake-inducing, it feels a bit like swathing your lips in a thin cashmere shawl, one that you can apply without a mirror—yes, truly—as you're running out the door."
Navy blue lipstick for fall? Yes, please. Bite is famed for its interesting lip colors and comfortable, long-lasting formulas. If you're a lipstick fiend, you probably already own a few of its tamer shades, making now the perfect time to venture out.
Why yes, this is a sparkly rose-gold lipstick, and yes, you should buy it. Too Faced is only making this heart eyes emoji–worthy product for a limited time, so if you act fast, you can wear it all season long with, oh, I don't know, some bronzy eye makeup and giant lashes, like the autumnal queen that you are.
MAC describes this shade as a "blackened teal," which sounds like something you should probably never wear on your mouth, but somehow, it works—especially if you keep the rest of your makeup really simple. Check out this YouTube review of the product to see what it looks like on real lips.
Not into navies, teals, or sparkles? Marc Jacobs's universally flattering terra-cotta shade J'Adore is Emily Ratajkowski favorite in this range of super-creamy, pigmented lipsticks. It's just dark enough to be fall-appropriate but basic enough to wear every day.
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Opening Image: Charlotte Tilbury