Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Autumn Lip Edit

Lipstick shades that are considered 'autumnal' are my favourite kind, so this has been a particularly fun post for me to put together. I've broken the autumnal lip colour spectrum down into a few key categories, and included some of my own recommendations for each of those. I have an embarrassingly large number of autumn-appropriate lipsticks, so the selection you're about to see is, unbelievably, the result of some restraint... Get comfy - I'm about to do a whole lot of waffling about warm tones and matte formulas.

The Browny Nude

A flattering nude is a year-round staple for all makeup lovers, but transitioning to a slightly deeper, slightly browner variation is a nice way to switch things up for autumn. My go-to product for this is the MAC Matte Lipstick in 'Velvet Teddy' (£16.50) (groundbreaking, I know.) It's such a flattering blend of rose, brown and beige tones - very 90s without being too overtly brown or greyish. It's matte, but a very comfortable modern kind of matte.

That being said, if matte lipsticks aren't your thing but you like the colour, I have the perfect recommendation: the NARS Audacious Lipstick in 'Barbara' (£26). As you'll see in the swatch photo below, it almost completely matches 'Velvet Teddy' in tone, but has a satin formula, so has a little more shine and feels softer on the lips. It's a pricey pick, but the formula is surprisingly long-lasting and beautifully pigmented - we're talking one-swipe-only pigmented.

The Browny Rose

As is the case with nudes, a bit of a browny tinge tends to make a rose lipstick look a little more autumnal. A popular pick in this colour category that I love is the MAC Satin Lipstick in 'Twig' (£16.50), which is a beautiful mix of rose and brown tones, with a little dash of mauve in there. Against my fair skin, it's somewhat on the deeper end of the everyday lip shade spectrum, but still very muted and wearable. This is one of those lipsticks that really looks different on different people - your skin tone is going to play a big part in how pink/brown it looks, so I suggest popping into MAC to give it a swatch!

If 'Twig' looks a touch too brown for you, a similar but slightly pinker option is the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in 'Sultry' (£7.99). Or if you want something marginally cooler, with a little more mauve in there, the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipstick in 'Tawny Pink' (£23) is gorgeous, and my personal favourite of the three. All three lipsticks I've mentioned in this category have a comfortable but pigmented satin formula (despite the fact that two of them claim to be matte.)

The Rusty Terracotta

ColourPop is my go-to brand for trying out new lip shades, because their fabulously low prices allow me to get a bit experimental without having wasted too many pennies if it doesn't work out. And that's how I discovered that I love a rusty terracotta lipstick! The ColourPop Lippie Stix in 'Ziggie' ($5) is exactly that and it just screams autumn. I wasn't sure if such a warm blend of orange and brown tones would be flattering on my pale face, but it looks beautiful, so I can only assume it would look lovely on most skin tones. It's part of the 'Matte X' range which is very matte and very long-lasting - exactly how you want your bolds to be.

I've also photographed a swatch of the Lippie Stix in 'Secret Stash' ($5), which is similar but a little more red-ish. Sadly, I've since discovered that it's been discontinued, which is such a shame because it's been one of my favourite lipsticks of the year. If you know of a potential dupe, please do let me know!

The Deep Berry

Autumn has become pretty much synonymous with berry lipstick, and I couldn't talk about this shade category without mentioning the old blogger staple: the Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in '107' (£5.49). It's easy to see why this is such a popular one; it's a lovely universally-flattering berry-red, with a comfortable formula (mostly matte but with a bit of lingering sheen and slip.) Shades like this are great for easing you into vampy lip territory.

If you like a touch more purple in your berries and a true fully-matte finish, I have two recommendations for you here: the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Damned' (£21) and the NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in 'Locked' (£6). You'll see from the swatches that they're very similar in tone, but the NARS formula is thinner, meaning the NYX one has a bolder, more saturated finish. The NARS pencil can however be built up, making it another good entry-level vampy option - you have a little control over just how dark you want it to look on the lips.

The Vampy Burgundy

I adore burgundy lipsticks and love seeing them step into the limelight at this time of year. They're bold, they're sexy and they completely transform the face. My go-to burgundy is the MAC Matte Lipstick in 'Diva' (£16.50) - a perfect shade name because that's exactly what you feel like when you wear it. It's beautifully matte but doesn't tug the lips upon application, and it's that classic deep wine shade that looks good on everyone. I think every makeup collection should include a shade like this, so I feel compelled to mention a more affordable dupe too - the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in 'Divine Wine' (£6.99) is almost identical.

Alternatively, if you'd like to feel extra safe in the knowledge that your vampy lip won't budge, I'd recommend going for a liquid option, like the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 'Ricco' (£16). 'Ricco' is an even richer, deeper burgundy - a real showstopper. The Stila formula is extremely pigmented, applies very evenly and is completely kiss-proof.

The Dark Chocolate-Brown

Finally, for those of you feeling extra bold, a dark chocolate-coloured lipstick is a nice way to take those autumnal brown tones to the extreme. The MAC Matte Lipstick in 'Antique Velvet' (£16.50) is a nice place to start, with its warm red undertones. That redness gets more pronounced the deeper your complexion is, so I find this lipstick looks particularly beautiful on those with dark skin. If you're pale like me, you're going to see a lot less red pulling through, meaning you get a particularly dramatic look - on me, it's very much a blackened brown, as you can see in the swatch below.

Lip colours like these can be a little daunting so again, I have a bit of an entry-level recommendation and again, it's a NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£21). The colour 'Lonely Heart' is pretty much the same as 'Antique Velvet', but the formula is thinner and more matte, and the pigment less saturated, which I find makes the shade a tad more wearable. Just a tad. Again, this will look redder on darker skins and cooler on paler faces.

What are your favourite autumn lipsticks? (Because I clearly need more recommendations...)
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