When I say that my excitement for autumn knows no bounds, I'm not exaggerating. My stomach practically does summersaults thinking about cosy knitwear, festive drinks and—my favourite of all—autumnal makeup looks. Specifically when it comes to lipstick. My go-to makeup look in the colder months is usually a browny-orange shadow on the eyes with something shimmery on top, a simple sweep of highlighter across my cheekbones and a dark lip to finish it all off. Whether it’s a vampy red or a deep berry tone, it’s probably already in my lipstick collection—and that collection really comes into its own during the autumn months.
And I'm not alone in my love of seasonal lipsticks. Most of the makeup brands that I swear by offer up a plethora of autumnal lipstick options for my favourite season. From sheers to mattes, there really is something for everybody, and I have a list of recommendations to prove it. At first glance, it’s easy to think that these shades might not be for you, especially if you don't naturally gravitate towards bold lipstick colours. But trust me—these shades are surprisingly wearable.
So while it was difficult to condense my list of recommendations (I am truly obsessed with lipstick), I've come up with a comprehensive list of the 13 best autumn lipstick colours that I recommend to everyone. Keep scrolling to see which ones made the cut.
1. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk Medium
Pillow Talk Medium is the ultimate warm berry-pink shade that I swear by. The original Pillow Talk is the OG that everyone knows and loves, but I truly think that this shade should be a go-to for people with tan to dark skin tones. Whilst this is a matte formula, it feels so creamy on the lips, which Charlotte Tilbury does best with several of her lipsticks.
2. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Scarlet Spell
I remember seeing this shade all over Instagram and debating whether my purchase could be justified (which lasted all of five minutes), and thankfully, my decision was a good one. This is the perfect berry matte shade that doesn’t look patchy and looks great whether using with or without lip liner.
3. Charlotte Tilbury Look of Love Matte Revolution Lipstick in First Dance
This blushed berry-rose shade is a newbie to my collection but has already gotten so much use. Apply a simple swipe for an effortless and long-lasting look.
4. Nyx Professional Makeup Shine Loud High Shine Lip Gloss in Boundary Pusher
Months on and I’m still not over how great Nyx’s Shine Loud glosses are. Boundary Pusher is definitely my favourite shade. It’s a lightweight and non-sticky pinky-brown with a shine gloss on the end that doesn’t budge.
5. MAC Viva Glam I X Pride
MAC never misses a trick with its incredible lipstick shades and formulas. This brownish-red adds the perfect pop of colour to any look. MAC has also recently released a limited-edition design created by the incredible Dominic Skinner, global senior artist at MAC.
6. Uoma Beauty Badass Icon Matte Lipstick in Miriam
This highly pigmented lipstick is a vegan formula that glides on silky-smooth to unveil a gorgeous pinky tone.
7. Revlon Kiss Cloud Blotted Lip Color in Berry Soft
If you’re looking for a hint of colour to add to your lips this autumn, then this blotted option is a must-have. It gives a hydrating, blurred effect to any look.
8. Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Beet It
This deep-berry shade from Lime Crime offers a powerful and confident look to the lips. Once applied to the lips, it dries down to a velvety matte finish.
9. Glossy London Lip Gloss in Blessed
Just because autumn is around the corner, it doesn’t mean it’s time to say goodbye to glosses. Glossy London offers a number of universally flattering glosses that feel super luxurious on the lips. Blessed is the perfect mocha brown that you won’t be able to put down.
10. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm in N°4 Dare to Bare
If you prefer something more hydrating on your lips during the colder months, By Terry’s Hydra-Balms are infused with hyaluronic acid, which will leave your lips feeling moisturised with the perfect pop of colour.
11. Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick in Dare
Dare is a rich burgundy with a matte finish. Sleek’s True Colour Lipstick shades are infused with vitamin E for added hydration.
12. Nyx Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania
Nyx’s soft matte lip creams have been a go-to within my lipstick collection for years and never fail to amaze me. One of my favourite shades for autumn is Transylvania, a true dark burgundy with a long-lasting finish that can easily take your makeup look from day to night.
13. Glossier Ultralip in Ember
Ember is a deep mauve that applies like butter to the lips for a sheeny gloss finish. It’s super hydrating and non-sticky. Apply it as a subtle lip tint or build it up for a colour that pops.