The seasons are changing and so are fall beauty trends. While there are almost as many lipstick shades out there, Good Housekeeping editors have narrowed it down to the hottest hues to try right now. As seen on fall 2021 runways, this autumn brings something for everyone, whether you prefer a classic red, a trendy mauve shade or opt to keep your lips looking au naturale. Find your new signature shade below to transition your beauty regimen to autumn in a single swipe.
Below, find the perfect fall colors for dark and fair skin, vetted by our Good Housekeeping editors, consumer tester evalutions and highly-rated reviews. These popular lipsticks and lipglosses can be purchased online at Sephora and Ulta, or at your local drugstore.
- High-pigment color
One way to shake off summer: Go straight for a moody oxblood that will certainly wow. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal to let your lips do the talking.
- Hydrating liquid lipstick
Gone are the days of having a parched pout when you wear color. BareMinerals moisturizing blend keeps your lips looking as juicy as a peach. Our GH Beauty Lab found this liquid lipstick to be the most comfortable on lips due to its whipped, smooth consistency.
- Precise applicator brush
Looking for a fuss-free lipstick? Look no further. The arrow-shaped brush on this wand gives you a precise application and the super saturated shade only requires a single swipe.
- Nourishing and hydrating ingredients
Even if you aren't a vegan, you might consider this cruelty-free lipstick. The satiny stain feeds lips with all kinds of nourishing nutrients: sunflower seed wax, coconut oil and passionflower oil to keep your lips lush, even in the cold autumn air.
- Smells like peaches and vanilla
- Ultra shimmery
Like highlighter for your lips, this shimmery shade instantly illuminates. Slick on a little bit for a whole lot of shine.
To spice things up, swap in a shimmery shade. You can wear Smashbox's liquid lipstick with confidence thanks to the water-resistant formula, which prevents your daring look from feathering.
- Ultra-creamy texture
Try Giorgio Armani's easy-to-apply formula two ways: swipe it on with the wand for a power pout or press it on with your fingertips for a more subtle style. Either way, you get a plush velvety pout.
- Balm-like finish
If you aren't a fan of heavy makeup, this lightweight lipstick is for you. It goes on like — you guessed it — butter. This NYX best seller has reviewers raving about its full coverage finish combined with the cushion-like feel of lip balm.
Test out this trend with a tint. Buxom's lightweight liquid stays all day (through coffee, lunch, you name it), while also keeping lips feeling lush with moisturizing hyaluronic acid.
This truly is like a layer of icing for your lips. A cotton candy hue adds a sweet hint of color to perk up your pout, while peptides and coconut oil keep lips plump.
- Built-in lip primer
The built-in primer in this lipstick locks it on, while the moisturizing formula keeps your pout plush. Bonus: this shimmery nude looks good on everyone.
- Precise application
This GH Beauty-Lab approved lipstick won the votes for the most smooth and precise application. Try it for yourself in Kitten Heels, a super-pigmented cherry red.
- Non-sticky formula
Glossier's cult-favorite gloss gives lips a glassy shine without the sticky feel. Apply a thin layer of this vitamin E formula to keep your smile both hydrated and gleaming.
- Highly pigmented shine
Smith & Cult's lip gel packs a real punch: Rose water to hydrate dry lips, a fresh vanilla-mint scent to soothe your senses and a bleed-proof pigment for a precise application.
- Easy application
- Lip smoothing
Consider this ultra-sleek bullet the height of modern lipstick. In a Good Housekeeping lipstick test, 89 percent of testers said their lips looked smooth, and 80 percent said it looked rich on. The unique bullet shape makes application a breeze.
- Highly pigmented
Covergirl's newest lipstick is the ultimate matte formula — it stays all day with minimal transfer. Both GH's Beauty Director and Beauty Assistant are fans of the highly pigmented color payoff.
- Hydrating and plumping
This barely pink gloss not only adds a pretty rosy pop of color, but also keeps lips plump thanks to hydrating shea butter and rosehip oil.
- Silky texture
Buildable, pigmented and waterproof, this innovative lipstick is also packed with good-for-you ingredients like vitamin E to keep lips conditioned. The ultra-thin, slanted applicator makes application a breeze.
- Unique balm-like lip gloss
A sheer formula can still make a statement. With the shine of a gorgeous gloss and the hydration of a balm, this vitamin-rich lippy leaves lips extra lush.
- Doesn't smear or fade
Avoid smudgy lips with a long-lasting formula, like Urban Decay's option, which got top marks in lasting a long time without transferring in the GH Beauty Lab's latest lipstick test.