For me, fall and winter are lipstick season. It’s kind of a lost cause for me in the summer–the bright neon pinks are fun and all, but I’m pretty low-matinence when I’m on vacation/hitting the beach/generally not a sickly looking person. But fall and winter? I need a lot of help–I mean, the days are filled with about 4 hours of sunlight and I’m shivering half the time. Can you blame me for wanting to feel like a lady?
This fall, I’m all about four basic shades; nude, red, burgundy and orange. I’ve been putting in the hours (…at Sephora) testing out various tubes to narrow in on a few new favorites, which I’m sharing here. My two lipstick rules of thumb? Don’t have those lips be chapped and make sure your teeth are shiny and white. Now let’s have some fun.
Nude is a new thing for me these days. I’ve always liked the look of natural lips, but they seemed very one-dimensional. Enter nude lipstick, which allows you to throw on a little color without going too bold or out there. For me, nude lips totally complete a soft and romantic date night look–a simple face and just a touch of color on the lips (and nothing that will make a boyfriend or potential suitor not want to kiss you). I like to reach for a nude shade that has a bit of shine or gloss to it–it keeps you from looking like you rubbed crushed Pepto-Bismol chews all over your lips.
Clockwise from L to R: NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Rouge Tribal | Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Rosary | Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia | Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Deepest Cherry
Ah, burgundy lips–the favorite of red wine fans everywhere. These ultra-bold stained lips definitely have to be my favorite of the season. They’re moody, a bit gutsy and super sexy when done right. You can choose to play them up with a tough leather jacket, or allow them to juxtapose an especially feminine dress for a night out with the girls (bonus: you get to drink all the Pinot Nior you want because it won’t ruin your makeup!). It’s best to keep the rest of your face fairly bare–you want to let the lips take center stage on this one.
From L to R: Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Cosmopolitan | Tarte Cosmetics Glamazon Pur Performance 12-hour Lipstick in Fierce | Rimmell London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Kate #1 | NARS Lipstick in Shanghai Express
If there are two things every woman should have, it’s a signature drink that gets them feeling free and a signature lipstick that makes them feel like a million bucks–for me, that’s a whiskey ginger and a saucy red pout, please and thank you. I’m pretty sure it’s one of those trends that boys just don’t get and girls feel amazing in, and so be it. Something magical happens when a woman rocks red lipstick–she’s more confident, in-control and willing to get noticed. Always pair your favorite shade with a liner to keep it from bleeding, and check your teeth–a red smudge will have you looking more like a nerd than the sex goddess you are.
We may have just left Halloween in the dust, but orange is totally still at the cool kids table (likewise, I could say that “orange is the new black” but that wouldn’t make much sense, save the fact that I like that show and they film on my street sometimes). It’s one of those shades that’s super tough to rock, but when done the right way, it’s totally off the charts. Plus, it’s a great bold and daring pop of style for those dull winter months. Think of it as red’s younger, more brash and cooler stepsister–you can pretty much wear it with whatever you’d pair red with, and you should look for a shade that has hints of red in it (not yellow) to keep it fresh and sophisticated. Go too far, and you might start getting some unwanted looks.