Come September, you start to hear endless chatter about sweater weather and cinnamon beverages, but we get excited about fall in the beauty world for one reason: the lip colors. Finally, all the dark, lustrous shades from deep berry tones to brick reds 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.
1. Flesh Fleshy Lips Lipstick in Slick
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 vibe.
2. Crop Natural Intense Matte Lipstick in Dare Devil
"Orange but not an obnoxious orange" is how we describe 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.
3. Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color in Crush
We've been loving the throwback glossy lip look all summer and don't see it going anywhere 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.
4. Dior Rouge Ultra Rouge Ultra Pigmented Hydra Lipstick in Ultra Cult
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.
5. Make Beauty Silk Cream Lipstick in Tamarind
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.
6. Stellar Starlust Holographic Lipgloss in Opaline Kiss 1
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 extra-terrestrial look everyone is dreaming of.
7. Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C
Jack-o-lantern, but make it fashion. Why gourd-eous orange is not already everyone's go-to fall lip color, we will never know. Let's start the trend now with this wearable matte pick.
8. Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick in Bali in Love
A lipstick called Catsuit basically screams Halloween season, but that's not why we love this affordable liquid pick. The metallic finish in "Bali in Love" is such a fun departure from the classic fall berry lip.
9. Tatcha Beautyberry Silk Lipstick
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 build-able, and packaged like a precious jewel. Pair this with a smoky eye and you're good to go all season.
10. NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lipstick in Alien
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.
11. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in M.I. Kiss
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 wrapping your lips in a thin cashmere shawl, one that you can apply without a mirror—yes, truly—as you're running out the door."
12. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Squid Ink
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.
13. Too Faced Throwback Lipstick in That Girl
If you've never been able to find that true, deep dipped-in-chocolate brown lipstick, Mented Cosmetics has you covered. Milk, semi-sweet, or dark—they cover all the bases. Try pairing it with all matte shadows for a '90s callback moment.
14. MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Colour in Got A Callback
MAC describes this shade as a "mid-tone mauve berry," which doesn't sound all that revolutionary, but something about the cool undertones in the color broadcast a perfectly Gothic-romance vibe that's right at home in autumn.
15. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in J'Adore
Not into navies, teals, or sparkles? Marc Jacobs's universally flattering terra-cotta shade J'Adore is just dark enough to be fall-appropriate but basic enough to wear every day.
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Opening Image: Charlotte Tilbury