Galaxy Essential Upgrades #8: Essential Autumn Lip Colours

The woolies and Ugg boots are well and truly out for another year. With a chill in the air and a spring in our step, we’ve popped on our hats and scarves to brave the cold and unpacked our winter wardrobes from the attic. It’s easy enough to transition our clothes into the new season, but most people forget about their makeup. Bright colours, candy shades and bronzers should be banished as soon as the leaves start falling from the trees, in favour of berry hues, subtle blush and statement lips. But what colours should you add to your lipstick collection to ensure you’re upgrading your look from summer to autumn? Here are my picks of the kind of colours you should be aiming for, giving your fur-lined cape an extra zing and your biker boots an added edge.

Autumn this season (and many seasons before it) is all about berry colours, deep reds and brown-tinted nudes. Anything to bright should be put on the back-burner until spring, in favour of something spookier, sexier and more subtle. There are three main classifications to remember…

1. Reds: Every girl needs a deep red in their collection, but make sure it has a dirty colour rather than a bright ‘Marilyn Monroe’ shade to it; deep reds contrast the smokey eye and make lips look good enough to eat. Red lipstick looks beautiful next to dark hair and brings bobble hats to life, so don’t be too scared to wear a bold shade in the day to un-frump your woolies.
2. Plums: Bold purples can be intimidating if you’ve never braved the look before, but you’ll mostly be pleasantly surprised as to how they look on lips. Subtler than a bold red but super on-trend, try moving out of your comfort zone for added impact. Don’t go too dark, but aim for a semi-sheer shade that adds colour to lips without making you look like you’re dressed for Halloween.
3. Nudes: Whereas the warmer months are all about pale lips and pastel pinks, the autumn nude has a brown edge that helps to contrast against paler skin. You should invest in a shade that is at least two tones darker than skin to ensure you don’t look like you’ve frozen to death, ensuring it warms the face rather than washing it out.

With the change in seasons drying out our lips it’s also really important to buy a lipstick with added moisture. There are some great products out there that are easy to apply, help prevent moisture loss and even hydrate lips for up to eight hours. The lipsticks below include Topshop, Bobbi Brown, Yves Saint Laurent and Gold by Giles for New Look, so cost isn’t important – just make sure you find something you’re comfortable wearing and a shade you know you’ll wear. Ta-da… You’re upgraded and ready for the chill, armed only with a lipstick!

This post is part of my Galaxy Essential Upgrades campaign. Read all about
it in my intro post here or check out the Galaxy Facebook page. Why not check out the ASOS Galaxy Upgrades hub too?



  1. Jayne
    November 27, 2012 / 8:44 pm

    I love the look of that YSL purple, did I manage to pick out the most expensive?

  2. London Beauty Queen
    November 27, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    Yep, I think so… Although it does come in a gold casing!

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