The Best Lip Looks for Fall

Cooler temperatures seems to be synonymous with a bold lip look; while summer is all about skin, lips dominate the fall season, and this season, it’s all about the matte look. From prep to the perfect shade, here’s the best lip looks for fall.


Nothing ruins a perfectly painted pout like a dry, flaky base. Smooth on Fresh’s new Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy to eradicate any and all traces of dryness. This balm is super thick yet melts into the mouth, and it’s iconically addictive sugar flavour is spiked with mint for an extra soothing dose of moisture. With it’s supremely conditioning, nourishing and plumping ingredients like wild mango butter and grapeseed oil, it’s a must-have smoothing base for all lip looks.

For that perfect red lip, swipe on NARS’ Semi Matte Lipstick in VIP Red. A deep, brique shade that exemplifies the zeitgeist of red lipstick, this slightly moodier and matte pick is ultra modern and luxe. Jenny Smith, National Lead Makeup Stylist for NARS, shares her pro tip: “an easy way to apply a Semi-Matte Lipstick is to apply it from the center of the lips and move outwards, then fill in the edges with lip liner moving from the corners to the center of the lips. Both lipstick and lip liner will glide on easily for a smooth, matte finish.”

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For a matte red lip that looks full, plump, and radiant, reach for Charlotte Tilbury’s newly launched Matte Revolution lipstick in Red Carpet Red. Creating a perfectly sexy, defined pout that simply oozes glamour, this bullet was created from Charlotte’s love of painting on illuminated, fuller-looking and pillow-soft lips. Gliding on gorgeously, it packs a generous punch of colour and looks and feels cashmere soft.

For the most impactful and pleasurable pop of colour, glide on Etsée Lauder’s new-for-fall Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick in their so-chic-right-now fiery tangerine shade, Volatile. The lightweight yet super rich shade saturates with color, while the creamy yet matte texture looks fresh and feels beautifully comfortable on lips. The little something extra is its sleek and magnetized packaging — the navy and gold bullet automatically clicks perfectly into place and looks as gorgeous as your modern, bright pout.

For a sheer matte look, look no further than Givenchy’s Le Rouge-À-Porter. Housed in their luxuriously chic black leather case, this balm-lipstick hybrid sumptuously hydrates lips with hyaluronic acid while adding a dose of gorgeous colour. Easily smoothing on, each (so right for fall) stunning shade, from a sophisticated nude to a pop of cherry red, can be a sheer matte wash, or be built up to a more saturated look.

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More radiant than a matte lipstick and more modern that a lip gloss, Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro Lip Lacquer offers us a brand-new treat for lips: with their “‘Fire Spectral’ pearl enriched formula in three new shades, the classically loved finish is enhanced with luminosity. The creamy yet matte lacquer lasts all night, feels supremely comfortable on lips and captivates with its deep, bold hues.

For an dose of extra femininity with your matte lip, swipe on any one shade from Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Kiss & Love Collection. With a cult following since it’s debut in the late 70s, this staple has been updated with  “rich, luxurious color and deeply nourishing antioxidant care. Lips are soft, supple and smooth”, while the iconic gold packaging is adorned with “love bites” for this limited-editon collection.

For an easy, matte stain that can go from day to night, give The Face Shop’s Ink Lipquid a go. Super easy to apply thanks to its specially shaped applicator, which both defines contours and fills lips, the water-based Marula and Babassu oil-spiked formula keeps lips healthy and hydrated while locking in colour.  The naturally-sourced pigments allow for a vibrant, saturated shot of long-lasting, matte colour.

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The words “creamy” and “matte” are not  typically synonymous; Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution lipstick is so, well, revolutionary it changed that. One for the girls who really love good beauty loot, Urban Decay has been churning out mega-makeup hits for it’s entire existence (hello, Naked Palette!). This incredible new formula is clearly another hit, as it’s entire collection sold out almost instantly. It’s easy to see why, as this is truly a matte lipstick, yet it’s supremely conditioning and comfortable thanks to nourishing ingredients like avocado, olive and babassu oils and shea butter.