It’s that time of year again – when autumnal cosmetics colors make us swoon. From ravishing deep reds to sensuous cabernets and luscious plums, we can’t wait to stock up on the best lip shades Fall has to offer. Pair statement lips with a flawless complexion and a few coats of glossy jet black mascara for a dramatic look that flatters and gets you noticed.
When going for rich, deep colors, lips need to be free from cracks and dry patches, so exfoliate and hydrate for a smoother application. Caudalie Lip Conditioner ($12) has an antioxidant rich formula that makes a perfect lip color base.
These are some of our must-have’s this season that get our top reviews. We looked at sticks, stains, glosses and pencils to bring you an edited list. A few of these can even double as cheek color in a pinch. C’mon ladies – you know you want them…
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon Blue Red ($28) is a mat shade of intensified deep red pigment that lasts for 14 hours.
Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 2 Brun Glace ($32) offers a perfect purple-brown hue that is a cross between a shiny gloss and a lip stain.
L’Oreal Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 in Plum 04 ($19.50) is sheer and creamy, but lasts for 8 hours. We were surprised at this price point for a mass lipstick, but this one has a luxe feel and texture.
Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Mulberry Deep Berry Red ($20) adds an ultra sexy look of stain finished lips and adds a satiny feel.
Vincent Longo Lip Stain with SPF 15 in Eve Rose ($23) is light and emollient with an SPF15 that is perfect for daytime wear.
LIPSTICK QUEEN Sinner 90 Percent Pigment in Rose Sinner ($20) is the ultimate pure stay put lip color from the empire of Poppy.
NARS Sheer Lipstick in Shrinagar ($24) is a metallic sheer lipstick that adds translucent color and sheen – ideal if you are not feeling bold enough for intense pigment and want a more natural look.
Kevyn Aucoin The Elegant Lip Gloss in Hannahbelle ($27), an opalescent berry shade that works for most skin types in a round, thin pot with its own retractable brush, and glides on like silk on bare lips or over lipstick.
Colorescience Pro Lip Pencil in Merlot ($12.50) is the perfect dark plum neutral fashioned with mineral pigments and vitamin E to shape and line lips so lipstick bleed is history.
Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss in Wine Wellness ($7.99) gets our vote for a real steal of the season. Put an end to dry, chapped, pale pouts with this lip loving formula that adds shine, color and hydration, all in one swipe. We love it over lipstick for a touch of shimmer.