That just-right lipstick for fall

posted on September 7, 2012 by  |  posted under Beauty, Fashion, Makeup  |  48 Comments

fall lipstick

Fall is my absolute favorite. The clothes, the coziness, the colors! These next few weeks, to kick off our soon-to-be fall fashion, I’ll be doing a mini-series on beauty and some of the fall color trends that pretty much anyone {yes, YOU} can pull off. You ready?

First stop: Lipstick
I’ve mentioned before that the lipstick aisle in a make-up store has always been my favorite. How can you resist all those brightly colored tubes, opened and waiting for you swipe on with a Q-tip and smack your lips in a much-too-small mirror? In the past, I’ve tended to lean toward the nude/pale pinks of the aisle. Until last summer when I finally decided I was man enough {not sure that reference works here} to swipe on some brights.
Below, I’ll show you five of my favorite shades … all perfect for transitioning into fall. While some may be more comfortable sticking with those pretty nudes and pinks, hopefully the comparison will show you that brights can be fun, flattering and not as intimidating as you might think!
fall lipstickWearing Maybelline #950 Pink Beam
This is the tube of lipstick that’s the shortest because I’ve worn it almost daily. It’s my favorite shade when going for a minimal fresh-faced look, but for that transition into fall, I’m looking forward to pairing it with a dark smoky eye and defined brows.
fall lipstickWearing Revlon #002 Pink Pout
This matte pinky shade is a step-up from nude, but still tame enough to wear on a daily basis. It’s my favorite when I want to look flushed, healthy and pink. Paired with a pretty blush, it’s a perfect fresh-faced fall look that will be go great with those chunky sweaters and ponchos I’m looking forward to so much.
fall lipstickWearing Maybelline #140 Fuchsia Fever
This is a shade that I’ve worn regularly throughout the summer, but is surprisingly great for the transition into fall. For someone who likes to spend minimal time on eye make-up {if it takes me longer than 3 minutes … forget it} this shade is great for brightening up any look. I mean please, who even needs blush when your lips looks like that? Transitioning the color-blocking trend into fall, this shade will be one of my faves for pairing with mustard yellow sweaters and hunter green rain boots.
fall lipstickWearing M.A.C. Ruby Woo
And of course, how can you talk about fall beauty without bringing up the classic red? I know it can be intimidating guys … I KNOW. But how gorgeous is it? And it can make such a pretty world of difference. {Just compare the top shade to this!} My favorite way to wear this fall shade, is actually to dress it down. I love it with heels, don’t get me wrong. But red lips paired with some rugged brown boots and a cozy cream knit poncho? You won’t even know what to do with yourself you’ll look so pretty.
fall lipstickWearing Sephora Rouge
And finally, the brightest of berries. I spent literally an hour in Sephora with my sister-in-law, debating whether I should get it or not. This shade is gorgeous, but so dark, the application has to be spot-on. In the end, I was happy with my purchase, mostly because just looking at it in the tube makes me feel like the leaves are already changing outside. Wearing this dark berry shade during the day requires the same strategy as the red: casual and cozy , maybe with a large knit scarf and your favorite high rise jeans.

So what do you think? What shades would you be willing to try? Have tried? What’s your favorite fall beauty look you’re most looking forward to?

Side note: These shades will look mui excellante next to your hot-chocolate mustaches. Something I also tend to be wearing year round.

fall lipstick

    1. August 19th, 2011 at 6:34 am
      Pam says:
      You look SO good in lipstick, but whenever I wear it, I feel like a little kid playing dress up! I've tried a ton of shades and none seem to work, so I'm starting to think I'm applying it wrong. I'd love it if you could share your application tips with us!
      • August 19th, 2011 at 1:34 pm
        Jill says:
        I so second this! I've also tried some but mine have never looked that great!
      • September 8th, 2012 at 5:48 am
        nichuspace says:
        couldnt agree more
    2. August 19th, 2011 at 6:48 am
      Bianca says:
      I wouldn't normally gravitate to such a dark berry as that last one, BUT... you just may have convinced me ;)
    3. August 19th, 2011 at 7:18 am
      La Chapstick Fanatique says:
      red and plum are definitely my go-tos for fall. right now for summer it is coral and red.
    4. August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 am
      meg says:
      you're stunning!! seriously!
    5. August 19th, 2011 at 8:25 am
      Caley says:
      Beautiful! I'm a little less intimidated now to go to the lipstick isle. It's only been chap-stick for me...until now!
    6. August 19th, 2011 at 8:28 am
      Wendy Fugal says:
      My favorites are the pink pout and the ruby woo. The warm undertones really bring out the glow in your reflection!
    7. August 19th, 2011 at 8:42 am
      Lindsay says:
      I love the Fuschia!!
    8. August 19th, 2011 at 9:05 am
      olivia says:
      let's see. i've got the pale pinks, the deep berry and a few reds... now i just NEED that fuchsia in my collection!
    9. August 19th, 2011 at 9:48 am
      Lori C says:
      i want that hair cut! i can't tell if its long or short though! lovely colors though!
    10. August 19th, 2011 at 9:55 am
      Patti says:
      My problem with the lipstick aisle is that I always leave with 6 new shades and I get home and realize I have at least 3 of the colors. I love this:)
    11. August 19th, 2011 at 9:56 am
      Katie says:
      Beautiful! Could you please give some application tips? I'm curious what your techniques and tricks are.
    12. August 19th, 2011 at 10:24 am
      Angie says:
      What is the shade of the sephora rouge lipstick? It's beautiful!
    13. August 19th, 2011 at 10:37 am
      Zipdinger says:
      I never, I mean *never* wear lipstick, on principle, because my mom always has so it must be old-fashioned, right?! Lip gloss girl, all the way. But...maybe this year I'll try some muted tones underneath the gloss? Maybe. You make it look so easy...
    14. August 19th, 2011 at 10:42 am
      Morgan says:
      Wow, that berry is incredible. Seriously beautiful!
    15. August 19th, 2011 at 10:55 am
      Rhonda says:
      GREAT colors! I'm definitely going to need to know what color blush you're wearing. Is it the same in all the pictures and the lip color just makes it look different or did you change it up to compliment the lipstick?
    16. August 19th, 2011 at 10:59 am
      Maddie says:
      That berry... ohhh weeeeee.. that is smokin hot for sure. But I am going to chime in asking how to keep it off the teeth and from spreading about so that you look like a 98 year old women on her first trip out of the old folks home in a year ( come on.. you KNOW what I mean)

    17. August 19th, 2011 at 11:23 am
      Nuha says:
      the red is by far my gorgeous!
    18. August 19th, 2011 at 11:26 am
      Coco says:
      Love the MAC Ruby Woo.
    19. August 19th, 2011 at 11:31 am
      Laura says:
      I really really want to try ruby woo but am so afraid ill wind up looking like a clown!
    20. August 19th, 2011 at 11:47 am
      Andrea says:
      I love the dark lipstick from Sephora, but what color is it from their Rouge collection?...
    21. August 19th, 2011 at 11:59 am
      Chelsea says:
      I'm loving the Rouge and Fushia Fever on you!
    22. August 19th, 2011 at 12:00 pm
      lynn says:
      One would definitely have to have white teeth to pull off those darker colors like you do. Gorgeous!
    23. August 19th, 2011 at 12:08 pm
      ilene says:
      such a great post! sydney looks great with every lipstick color. love all of these shades!!
    24. August 19th, 2011 at 12:21 pm
      Elisa says:
      My favorite is the MAC ruby woo! YOU. LOOK. GORGEOUS. DC is lucky to have such a beaut roaming the streets. Forget your crabby neighbors. ;)
    25. August 19th, 2011 at 3:33 pm
      Rachel says:
      Love it all!
    26. August 19th, 2011 at 4:55 pm
      Ashley says:
      You are the reason that I'm on the hunt for lipstick. Lip balm just won't do anymore. My only problem so far has been finding a natural lipstick.
    27. August 19th, 2011 at 7:20 pm
      Amber says:
      I LOVE your side swept bangs. How do you get your hair dresser to cut them right and what method do you use to style them?
    28. August 19th, 2011 at 8:27 pm
      Aimee says:
      What is the color name of the Sephora Rouge Lipstick? I looked it up online and Rouge seems to be the collection name not the color name. I love that color and would like to try it myself.
    29. August 20th, 2011 at 12:18 am
      Sydney reese says:
      I've always wanted to wear lipstick, but my lips get dry a few minutes after applying and it wears off really quickly.. Any tips on applying and keeping it looking good throughout the day??
    30. August 20th, 2011 at 1:22 pm
      Siesie says:
      I LOVE the red and hot pink lipstick on you! Whenever I wear red or hot pink, I wear lipstick to match. But lately I've been annoyed with women telling me I should wear a "nude" lipstick instead, like bright lipstick is a big no-no. I personally love it.
    31. August 20th, 2011 at 8:02 pm
      shelley says:
      LOVE this post Sydney. I now have red lipstick thanks to you. ;)
    32. August 22nd, 2011 at 10:56 am
      Ashley Blunt says:
      I have looked for the Pink Beam #950 everywhere and cannot find it! Any ideas of where to get it?? Target was a no go!
    33. August 24th, 2011 at 10:46 am
      Renae says:
      Yeah, we're pretty much all in love with your hair. How about a post on that sometime soon?! Looks like a pretty fall "do" to me!! :)

      I like the last lipstick...very pretty!
    34. September 13th, 2011 at 4:01 pm
      joyful.mara says:
      I never wear lipstick. I'm a gloss girl. But...after seeing this post and loving those shades - especially on someone who has similar coloring to me - I am ready to try it again. I am loving ALL of them!!! Thanks for the push into makeup experimentation!
    35. October 2nd, 2011 at 12:07 pm
      erin d. says:
      i love this post - have referred to it many times! can you tell me what blush you're wearing?! i'm loving it and in need of a new one! definitely going to go try on the MAC ruby woo - beautiful!
    36. October 6th, 2011 at 3:23 pm
      Casey says:
      so i need to know - Your hair here. I really want that color. howd you get it? bottle? what is your natural color?
    37. November 11th, 2011 at 6:06 am
      lindsey says:
      I love the last lipstick SO much. On Sephora's website, they don't have a color called Rouge..just a line. Is it a specific color within that line, or should I just go in and let them figure it out?
      • September 3rd, 2012 at 7:01 pm
        Rebecca says:
        I was thinking the same thing. It looks like Sephora Rouge Cream in #23, Crush.
    38. April 6th, 2012 at 11:54 am
      melinda says:
      for ruby woo lipstick you've used a lipensil ?
    39. September 10th, 2012 at 6:38 am
      Kingazimarie says:
      Hie am marie , i like to be look so fresh in ma skin nd real i jst a preciate seen beutiful woman with nice lips stick and i would like one i should try one day but i dnt knw which one shld i wear , am duck chocalate dats ma couler nd here i love syphon the last beutiful madam with a nice smail thnks.
    40. September 13th, 2012 at 1:13 pm
      Marla Hughes says:
      I love the look of Pink Beam but can't seem to find it anywhere. Did they stop making it? Do you happen to know another shade close to it?
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