Red and Nude Lipsticks for Fall
There’s no reason to be red with envy at the Marilyns and models of the world. Everyone can wear this iconic shade—and it always adds polish to your look.
How to Pick a Shade
“Brick red looks beautiful if your skin is very dark,” says Fiona Stiles, a makeup artist in Los Angeles. If your complexion is golden brown, opt for a true red, with no hint of blue or orange. Orange reds suit Latinas and women with olive skin, while the very fair fare best with a cool blue red (think Snow White).
What to Pair It With
For a daytime look (and, yes, red is fine for day), try a coat of mascara and a healthy dose of blush to balance out the deep color on your lips, says Andie Markoe-Byrne, a New York City makeup artist. For evening, add black liner and gold shadow.
To buy: By Terry Rouge Terrybly in Frenetic Vermillion, $49, barneys.com.
See our newest roundup of fall lip colors.
Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Rivoli
A highly pigmented plum red.
To buy: $34, chanel.com.
MAC Me Over! Lipstick in Runaway Red
If your skin is golden brown, your ideal red is true red; this shade will flatter you.
To buy: $15, maccosmetics.com for stores.
Paula Dorf Lip Color Cream in Legend
The best red for those with fair skin is a blue red, like this lipstick.
To buy: $22, pauladorf.com.
Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Midnight Red
Dark-skinned women look best in brick reds; here’s one to try.
To buy: $15, marykay.com.
Lancôme L’Absolu Nu Replenishing & Enhancing Lipcolor in Red Chiffon
An orange red, like this lipstick, is best on women with olive skin.
To buy: $30, lancome-usa.com.
Burberry Soft Satin Lipstick in No.18 Ruby
A rich jewel-toned red in a smooth, moisturizing formula.
To buy: $30, nordstrom.com.
Illamasqua Lipstick in Howl
This deep brick red is for those who prefer a matte finish.
To buy: $24, sephora.com.
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Raven
A long-lasting orange red.
To buy: $30, barneys.com.
Tarte Vitamin-Infused Lipstick in Revive
For sheer color, swipe on this true red.
To buy: $26, tartecosmetics.com.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge
A gorgeously intense retro shade.
To buy: $34, yslbeautyus.com.
Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Legendary
Consider nude your new default lipstick (maybe even a replacement for that pink gloss). The best ones are creamy, with a little sheen—and never boring.
How to Pick a Shade
First things first: Nude doesn’t mean concealer-colored. “It’s actually a fusion of flesh and tan—your lip color, but enhanced,” says Romero Jennings, a MAC runway makeup artist. To determine your best nude, apply one, then flash a big, gummy smile in the mirror. “Your gums don’t have to match your lips, but they shouldn’t look too light or dark next to them,” he says.
What to Pair With
Nude goes with anything, but for extra drama (a.m. or p.m.), add copious amounts of liner, shadow, and mascara.
To buy: Jane Iredale PureMoist LipColour in Julia, $20, skinstore.com for info.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Nude Velvet
Rouge Dior Lipstick in Angelique Beige
Fair skinned? Pick a peachy nude.
To buy: $34, bloomingdales.com.
CoverGirl LipPerfection Lip Color in Sultry
A great everyday neutral.
To buy: $7, covergirl.com.
Clarins Joli Rouge in Desert Rose
A plummy rose, like this shade, works best for those with dark skin.
To buy: $26, us.clarins.com.
Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in Lady’s Choice
Sephora Collection Lip Attitude-Glamour in Innocent Beige
Fresh color with peachy undertones, this nude goes on sheer.
To buy: $12, sephora.com for info.
Korress Lipstick Mango Butter in 33 Nude
The name says it all: Mango butter in the formula keeps lips smooth, while the tone is a natural-looking neutral.
To buy: $18, korresusa.com.
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Heather Mauve
Lilac-y mauve leavens the brown hue of this semi-matte.
To buy: $25, bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in Golden Splendor
Warm and tawny, this lipstick promises not only lush color but vitamin E conditioning.
To buy: $9, drugstore.com.