Friday, 25 November 2011

5 Must-Have Lipstick Shades for Fall

You put on a kick-ass mini-dress, killer heels and an elegant clutch or a glamorous saree with
strapless blouse, but it still doesn’t seem enough? Well, what takes a look from being good-
enough to too-good? A perfectly complementary make-up of course. The perfect lipstick is the
one that not only complements your outfit but also brightens up your face and brings out your
best features. These are some of the shades that you should totally rock this Fall:

(Keep in mind that all the recommendations here are suited to Indian skintones )

1. Red

Think Dita Von Teese, the epitome of old-world glamour. Almost anyone can rock a red lipstick,
provided it is their perfect red. Those with cool undertones should go for blue-based reds
whereas those with warm undertones should opt for orange-based ones. A well-shaped wide
brow paired with minimal eye make-up and loads of mascara would be the best way to rock red.
You don’t want red to overwhelm the rest of your face, but at the same time you do not wanna
look OTT.

Some recommendations which might be your perfect red:

High-end Buys

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact in Geisha

YSL Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in Red Muse

Estée Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Rich Red

Mac Viva Glam I

Mac Lady Danger

Budget Buys

Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Fire and Ice

Revlon Colorstay Lip Color in Red Velvet

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor in Red Revival

Nyx Round Lipstick in Snow White

2. Brown

Those who think brown is boring should reconsider their taste, because this Fall brown lips
are huge. They were very popular back in the 90s and have come into fashion back now.
The runways for NY Fall 2011 were full of brown-lipped, long-legged models. Blue-toned
browns are more flattering irrespective of your skin undertones. Warm browns—like orange or
brick tinted ones—look beautiful on some girls, but if you don’t have white teeth they can be
detrimental to your smile. Pair it with a copper-y blush and you’re good-to-go.

High-end Buys

Clinique Different lipstick in Tenderheart

MUFE HD Lipstick in 125

Mac Stay In Touch

Mac Spirit

Budget Buys

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Chocolate Velvet

Colorbar Lipstick in For keeps

Lakme Enrich Lipstick in Cocoa Creme

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Autumn rush

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Crazy For Coffee

3. Berry

Scared of Bright reds? Then berry is your color. More versatile than reds, it won’t look garish or
clashing, irrespective of your skin-tone. Berry is the perfect shade for fall and winter when you
want to look dramatic and dressed-up. When wearing a bright lip color, go easy on your eyes and
cheeks so the focus stays on your mouth and don’t ever overdo the blush.

High-end Buys

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Rum Raisin

Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Mac Captive

Mac Dark Side

Budget Buys

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Raisin Rage

NYX Round Lipstick in Very Berry

Nyx Round Lipstick in Espresso

Maybelline Water Shine in Berry Intense

4. Orange

The easiest way to spice up a gloomy winter day is to wear orange on your lips. Orange is HOT
this season. The runways are filled with this color and the world is being bathed in its beauty.
Matte lips can be tricky if you've never tried the look before, so start out with sheer shades and
glosses, and work your way up. Keep your eye makeup neutral so as not to look like a crazy
clown lady.

High-end Buys

Giorgio Armani Beauty Gloss d'Armani Gamme Rouge

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in Satin Bright Orange

Illamasqua Lipstick in Blaze

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go

MAC Morange

Budget Buys

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick Lipstick in Volcanic

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Coral
Chambor Powder matte Lipstick orange

Nyx Round Lipstick in Femme

5. Pale Pink

If you’re scared of going too dark, there’s another option. Light, almost cotton-candy colored
lips. Pink which still stands out and makes a statement. It’s almost like nude, but with a twist,
so there is no way it can wash you out. The best part is that with pale pink lips, you can have as
much fun with the rest of your makeup as you want. Wanna go for vibrant colored eyeshadows?
Go for it, because pale pink will complement almost every color. Make sure you apply quite a lot
of blush so that your face maintains its contours.

High-end Buys

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Vibration Lipstick in Frosted Pink
Shu Uemura Creamy Lilac Pink Rouge Unlimited

Mac Snob

Mac Crème Up

Mac Angel

Budget Buys

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Nude

Maybelline Moisture Extreme in Pink Cloud

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Pink Sand

About the writer- Swati is pursuing law from National Law School. She loves experimenting with various looks and designing her outfits. Also has an inclination towards cosmetics. 

We look forward for more articles from Swati :)


  1. Interesting article Swati,, :) well done.

  2. Thanks kannu di for posting my article. I am looking forward to contributing more in the future!

  3. @Swati- Its a very nice article :) My personal fav is orange & I also have Chambor powder matt lippy :)
    Looking forward for more posts from u :) hugs !

  4. some great suggestions here - aNY thoughts on good nude shades?like the ones heroines seem to use in most movies :)?

  5. @Shillu- U can check out Street wear barely there , its around 350 and one of my fans in nude :)

  6. budget buys suit my pocket.......... good post..

  7. @ Shillu- You can try Mac in Honeylove or Creme d' Nude, Revlon Colorburst in Soft Nude, Revlon Matte Lipstick in Nude Attitude.

    Hope that helps!