Beauty Trends

Work the trends with these fresh autumn lip looks

When it comes to Autumn/Winter’s beauty trends, the trend is: there are no trends. Designers and make up artists celebrated individuality, with models storming catwalks naked-faced, with ‘caught-kissing’ {lipstick} or boasting high-shine ‘rouge noir’ pouts. From yellow lip lacquer at Fendi, to ‘Barbie’ pink at Jeremy Scott and matte magenta at Topshop Unique, the message was: go forth and paint the town red (orange, pink or purple).

{Classic Crimson}

From heritage brands such as Pringle to super-cool, ‘otm’ names like Victoria Beckham and Cushnie et Ochs, statement, traffic-stopping red was worn in all its glory – from ladybird to claret via classic, blue-hued scarlet – choose matte or vinyl, and opt for Hollywood-worthy precision or blurred out, perfectly imperfect stains. 

Try Charlotte Tilbury’s {K.I.S.S.I.N.G} lipstick in ‘Love Bite’, achieve long-lasting lip precision with {Lip Contour} in ‘Heartbreaker’ or use fingers to smudge {lips} with Vincent Longo’s {Lip Stain} in ‘Liquid Kiss’.

{Gothic Glamour}

To pull off the season’s black cherry lip looks you need a flawless skin-finish and a hard-working {lip pencil} – feathering is not an option. At Dior, models’ lips were finished with a slick of vinyl {lip gloss}, while at Rodarte the colour looked ‘lived in’ (like girls had gorged on brambles picked from hedgerows). 

Use a clear {waxy liner} to trace along the outer edge of lips’ perimeter, then follow the natural lip line with a berry pencil. Charlotte Tilbury’s {Lip Cheat} in shade ‘Bad Romance’ is perfect. Then for the ultimate, stay-put matte hue, use Huda Beauty’s {Liquid Matte} in ‘Vixen’, or choose Surratt’s gorgeous {Lipslique} in ‘Peccadille’ – it’s creamy and easy to blend for a sexy, low-maintenance stain. Finish with a slick of gloss – we love Surratt’s {Lip Lustre} in ‘Etoile’ – clear with tiny golden flecks.

{Rainbow Brights}

This season’s catwalks brought the fun factor, with unexpected pastel hues making their catwalk debuts. Primrose at Fendi, fuchsia at Jeremy Scott… even mint green was spotted at Paco Rabanne. Incredibly Insta-worthy, these weirdly wonderful lip colours have slinked from runway to real life, so if you’re a fan of breaking the make up ‘rules’, embrace this opportunity to work ice blue, slate grey or forest hues.

Rituel de Fille’s {Forbidden Lipstick} comes in iridescent midnight (‘Shadow Self’) and the perfect pale grey (‘Strange Creature’), while Beauty Bakerie’s phenomenally long-wearing {Lip Whip} is available in a kaleidoscope of ‘out there’ shades. Wear ‘Apple Pear’ if you dare…


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...