There’s something about autumn that makes me want to abandon all my nude lipsticks and go straight for the darkest colours the beauty world has to offer: reds, purples, and (this year) browns.
Since trying my first dark lipstick two years I’ve been adamant that they can have a huge effect on your mood. Dark shades make me feel like I’ve got my shit together — a feeling I like to cling to at the best of times, but especially when I’m extra busy (and trust me, full-time work has been a shock to the system. If wearing a lipstick can put me in a good mood then damn it, I’m gonna wear the lipstick).
Brown is a scary colour for a lipstick but I decided that if anyone knew what they were talking about, Charlotte would, and I braved it. I was right: Birkin Brown is a proper nineties shade that allows you to embrace the brown lips trend, but it’s also warm enough to liven up the complexion, thanks to the hint of dark red. The matte formula isn’t drying in the slightest and glides smoothly over the lips. If you’re looking to invest in a brown shade of lipstick then I can’t recommend this enough.
This is the lipstick that once survived a full English in Spoons (pre meat-free life). A matte burgundy red, Dare is dark and warm and a teeny bit gothic, and I love it. Seriously, this stuff barely budges (maybe a teeny bit of fading in the centre of the mouth) when you’re drinking or eating, although it doesn’t survive a sloppy avocado sandwich quite as well. The matte formula isn’t quite as slick as the Charlotte Tilbury one but it’s consistent, not patchy, and it doesn’t dry your lips out very much.
Sleek Gloss Me in Phoenix Rising*, £4.99
I know it’s said that lip gloss is the easiest way for someone to try out an intimidating colour but if anything this is the product that takes me out of my comfort zone the most. It’s a gloss. It’s glittery. It’s basically everything I would normally avoid. But there’s something so mesmerising about all the glitter in the tube and it doesn’t look particularly sparkly once it’s on the lips — just nice and shiny with a subtle hint of shimmer. It’s not sticky either, and it fades evenly when you’re eating and drinking. Not something I would have picked up myself, but I’m glad I tried it out!
|L-R: Birkin Brown; Dare; Phoenix Rising; Foxy Brown|
The best way to keep your lip line defined and stop your lipstick from bleeding. It’s slightly darker than Birkin Brown but not to the point where you’re rocking that awful Light Lips/Brown Liner trend that should never have seen the light of day. Foxy Brown is firm but won’t give you that horrible dragging feeling when you apply it and it lasts all day long.
What lip colours do you like to wear in autumn? Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.