Fall is in the air! That means it’s time to bust out the comfy sweaters, fuzzy socks, and, of course, pumpkin spice everything. It might also be time to consider a new fall beauty look, and the best place to start? Fall lipstick color.
While you should wear any shade your heart desires any time of the year, there is something about the cooler weather that makes us want to embrace fall lipsticks with warm tones, deep hues, and cozy vibes.
Curious where to begin looking for a shade that compliments your skin tone? We talked to Keri Blair, Senior Artist at MAC Cosmetics, who gave us the lowdown on how to pick the right lipstick shade. So let’s get started.
How To Pick The Right Lipstick Shade For Your Skin Tone
Too Faced Cocoa Bold Cream Lipstick in Triple Fudge
MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in P For Potent
Juvia's Place Nubian Earth Lipstick in Sheeba
NARS Air Matte Lip Color in Lose Control
Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in Pay Day
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Dark Chocolate
Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick in Tang Thang
Maybelline Lifter Gloss in Bronze
KVD Beauty Everlasting Hyperlight Liquid Lipstick in Dark Wisteria
L'Oréal Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick in Luminous Coral
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in M.I.KISS
MAC Lipstick Matte in Velvet Teddy
ColourPop Lippie Pencil in BFF
NYX This is Juice Gloss Hydrating Lip Gloss in Strawberry Flex
L'Oréal Colour Riche Satin Lipstick in Prosperous Red
r.e.m. beauty On Your Collar Matte Lipstick in Roller Skates
Milani Color Fetish Matte in Sensual
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Thrill Seeker
Smashbox Always On Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick in Girl Gang
Benefit Cosmetics California Kissin' ColorBalm in Berry 333
When choosing the perfect lipstick shade for your skin tone, it’s important to consider your skin’s undertone and hair color. According to Blair, even if you don’t wear any other makeup, your hair color and even the colors within your outfit can affect how a color reads on the skin.
“If your skin is warmer—think in terms of pinky, peachy, and red tones—try finding shades that have a pinky-peachy undertone,” Blair said. “That will give a more natural look.”
Conversely, per Blair, if your skin tones have more golden or olive undertones, look for shades that are cool-toned.
Another of Blair’s tips? Testing on your finger—not your lips.
“I find that trying and testing a color on the fingertip gives a better indication of how it will read on the lips than by testing the color on the back of your hand,” Blair said. “This is because the lips often have more pigmentation than your hand.”
In terms of fall lipstick colors, Blair is on the dark-lip train, advising those who like to follow seasonal trends to opt for a bolder lip.
“Fall is always a time where I find it fun to break out those deeper-toned lippies,” Blair explained. “Right now, even black for lips is trending.”
From dark lips to soft neutrals, here are our top picks for the best fall lipstick shades for every skin tone.
A beautiful combination of red and brown, Too Faced Cocoa Bold Cream Lipstick in “Triple Fudge” takes a classic red lipstick and pushes it over the edge. With a hint of brown, this color gives a vampy fall feel, but with a classic and warm twist. The formula provides a buttery texture and bold payoff, providing comfortable all-day wear.
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Perhaps one of the more popular lipstick shades for the fall season is a mid-tone purple color. Perfect for most skin tones, especially medium – darker complexions, a dark plum is a classic for the Autumn season. MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in the shade “P For Potent” is the perfect bold, moisture – matte pigment for this. Wear this Mac lipstick by itself or pair it with a lip liner for a fuller-looking pout.
MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick is a weightless, moisture-matte lipstick that delivers a blur of soft-focus color.
We’re taking deep, dark brown to the next level with Juvia’s Place Nubian Earth Lipstick in the shade “Sheeba.” This ultra-rich, gorgeous dark brown looks phenomenal on those with medium to dark skin tones. Even though this lipstick has a matte finish, it is infused with hyaluronic acid, leaving the lips hydrated and velvety.
Juvia's Place Nubian Earth Lipstick
Juvia's Place hydrating Velvety Matte Lipstick provides a highly pigmented creamy and smooth long wear. A soft matte formula infused with hyaluronic acid.
A gorgeous mix of pumpkin spice latte and rose, NARS Air Matte Lip Color in the shade “Lose Control” is a great fall lip color for light – medium dark skin tones. This orangey-pink liquid lipstick provides comfortable wear all day (even while sipping your hot latte). Its lightweight formula allows you to build coverage from sheer to full coverage for various fall looks.
NARS Air Matte Lip Color
NARS Air Matte Lip Color is an innovative formula that glides seamlessly onto lips for airy, longwear matte lip color with a comfortable feel.
Prefer a lighter lip? A cool dusty pink is a perfect option. Huda Beaty’s Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in the shade “Pay Day” is a super – dynamic rosy, mauve cool toned lip shade. The pointed tip of the lipstick allows you to line the outer part of your lips, coating the rest with the flat base. Top it off with a clear gloss for a shiny pout, or wear it alone for a soft matte look.
HUDA BEAUTY Power Bullet Matte Lipstick Pay Day 0.10 oz/ 3 g
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Did somebody say chocolate? A warm brown lip shade is a great choice, and can be worn by any skin tone. Bobbi Brown’s Crushed Lip Color in the shade “Dark Chocolate” is not only a perfect fall lip shade but super hydrating as well, with vitamin C and E infused in the product. The finish is a gorgeous muted matte and can be layered for a more intense payoff.
BOBBI BROWN Crushed Lip Color
Loaded with crushed pigments and lip-loving ingredients, Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color leaves lips hydrated and soft, with a blotted-down matte finish.
Okay, we know what the trends are saying, but don’t cut off bright shades completely this fall. Liven up those cloudy days with Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick in “Tang Thang.” This formula is super sheer, comfortable, and easy to wear, providing a nice sheen of color to any look. Plus, the reddish – pink shade looks gorgeous on all skin tones.
FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick
The FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick is an ultra comfortable sheer lipstick with the perfect amount of nourishing color and shine, available in a range of easy-to-wear shades for all.
Add some shine to your fall makeup routine with a thick, super hydrating gloss. Maybelline’s Lifter Gloss in the color “Bronze” is the perfect bronzy copper shade for any skin tone to add on top of a neutral lip or simply wear alone. This gloss is infused with hyaluronic acid, giving your pout the extra hydration it needs during the colder months. It also comes in a clear color, which is the perfect addition to any shade.
Maybelline Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid
Maybelline New York's Lifter Gloss with hyaluronic acid delivers glossy lips and a full look. Drench lips with hydrating shine for a lifted look.
Take the deep plum color one step further with a matte dark purple lipstick. Gorgeous on every skin tone, KVD’s Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Dark Wisteria” is sure to elevate any vampy fall look. Apply this liquid lip to clean, dry lips using the super precise applicator, allowing 30 seconds to lock it in — and trust us, very few touch-ups will be needed throughout the day with this ultra-lasting liquid lip.
KVD Beauty Everlasting Hyperlight Vegan Transfer-Proof Liquid Lipstick
KVD Beautys iconic liquid lipstick with all-day, transfer-proof wearnow in an evolved formula for hyper-lightweight comfort.
Not in the mood for a bold lip? The fall months are the perfect time to experiment with lighter shades — especially as a balm lip product to keep the lips moisturized. L’Oréal Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick in the shade “Luminous Coral” provides great subtle color without going too overboard. Plus, the gloss and shine it gives? Gorgeous.
L'Oreal Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick
Take your lips to paradise with L'Oreal's Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick. This cushiony balm, with 92% natural origin ingredients, provides a hydrating flush of color for lips so healthy-looking they glow.
Not a true red, not a true pink, Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade “M.I.KISS” is the perfect combination of the two. This berry red lipstick has a matte and creamy finish, providing a bold look that’s understated at the same time. Wear alone or with a lip liner underneath for a bolder, longer-lasting application.
A classic deep-tone beige lipstick is always in style, especially for those lowkey fall days when you’re embracing a pared-down aesthetic. Looking for the perfect neutral lipstick to compliment any look? Reach for MAC Lipstick Matte in the shade “Velvet Teddy.” This classic matte lipstick is creamy and rich, giving a silky and luscious look.
MAC Lipstick Matte
MAC Lipstick Matte is a creamy, rich lipstick formula with high-color payoff in a matte finish.
We had to throw in at least one lipliner. Because why not? It’s also a perfect fall shade.
This neutral, terracotta brown shade is reminiscent of pumpkin spice lattes and cinnamon. Whether painting on a bold smokey eye or keeping it light and classic, ColourPop Lippie Pencil in “BFF” completes any fall look. Use alone by outlining the lips and filling them in, or underneath your favorite neutral lipstick or gloss.
ColourPop Lippie Pencil
Create clean lines and prevent feathering disasters with ColourPop's long-wearing and super pigmented Lippie Pencil liner, designed to be worn under your fave matching lip color.
This cold, dry weather might take a toll on your lips — don’t worry, though. NYX This is Juice Gloss in the shade “Strawberry Flex” has got your back. This shade gives an incredible pinkish-red hue and looks gorgeous on top of neutral, pink, or red lip shades (or even on its own!). This gloss is electrolyte-infused, adding hydration to the lips, which is especially helpful on top of a drying, matte lipstick.
NYX Professional Makeup This is Juice Gloss Hydrating Lip Gloss
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Let’s be real, a classic red lip is in style all year round, but it’s especially trendy heading into the fall season. For those of you who don’t think you can pull off a red lip, trust us, you can. It’s all in finding your perfect shade for your skin tone, and L’Oréal’s Colour Riche Reds of Worth Satin Lipstick in the shade “Prosperous Red” is a great place to start. This is a very classic, blue-toned red shade that glides on the lips like butter and leaves a smooth satin finish.
L'Oreal Colour Riche Reds of Worth Satin Lipstick
Rediscover the power of red with L'Oreal's Colour Riche Reds of Worth Satin Lipstick. This satin-finish, elegant red shade has color payoff so saturated, it makes a statement.
For those days when you want a little something on the lip but really aren’t in the mood to make a fashion statement, this neutral peachy pink color is the way to go. Ariana Grande’s new beauty brand, r.e.m beauty, has a creamy matte lipstick line that really delivers. On Your Collar Matte Lipstick in “Roller Skates” is the perfect understate neutral lip shade this fall.
What’s the fall season without a true brown lip shade? Depending on your skin tone, this color may appear dark or light—either way, leaving a rich and flattering shade of brown. With its velvet-matte formula, Milani Color Fetish Matte (The Nudes Collection) in the shade “Sensual” is the perfect brown shade to add to your fall lipstick collection. Plus, it’s super-full coverage, so a few strokes on the lip are all it takes to achieve a bold, smooth finish.
Get ready to live your best gothic life because black lips are trending for fall 2022. If you’re looking for an intense, dramatic, and ultra-bold look, Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in the color “Thrill Seeker” is sure to give you just that. Claiming to provide up to 16 hours of wear, this black lipstick won’t budge, whether you are dressed as a gothic princess for Halloween or simply rocking it on the daily.
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
Maybelline's Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick creates a flawless, high-pigment matte finish with up to 16 hours of wear.
Want a purple lip shade that’s on the warmer, plummy pink side? Smashbox Always On Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick in the color “Girl Gang” is the perfect solution. This lip color is great for those who want to experiment with fall lip shades but don’t want something too dark or purple-hued. Its long-wearing formula is also lightweight and has full coverage. What more could you ask for?
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick is infused with Primer Oil Complex, a blend of Jojoba, Apricot & Sunflower Oils to keep lips comfortable. The non-drying, weightless formula is waterproof & stays plush for 8 hours. Precision tip applicator lines & fills lips in one swipe.
For those who stay on the go (or hardly wear lipstick at all) but still want a touch of color on the lips, give Benefit Cosmetics California Kissin’ ColorBalm Moisturizing Lip Balm in the shade “Berry 333” a try. The berry color is a fall staple lip shade, but its “barely there” payoff will give your lips a natural, smooth look. The formula also is infused with wild mango butter for additional hydration.
Benefit Cosmetics California Kissin' ColorBalm Moisturizing Lip Balm
Benefit's California Kissin' ColorBalm is a richly pigmented, moisturizing lip balm that provides up to 8 hours* of smooth, luxurious color. This cushiony formula contains wild mango butter to help moisturize lips and hyaluronic acid to help keep lips feeling smooth, plump & hydrated...
And there you have it—20 fall lipstick shades for every skin tone. Whether you prefer to opt for a lighter lip, or the fall season has you feeling daring and bold with a deep red, there are several shades that are sure to compliment every look this season.
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