Can you think of anything more romantic than a late October wedding? Imagine you’re holding the long train of your white princess gown, turning your head as a crisp gust of air kisses your cheek, feeling the faint warmth of the setting sun as it spills through the golden leaves of the towering oak trees all around you. Now, no offense to the barefoot beach bride and her chill nuptials, but the entire fall aesthetic is pretty darn charming.
Of course, you should stay true to your personal aesthetic, no matter the season, be it with your signature soft, dewy highlight or long, glossy waves in your hair. But from a color perspective, a fall wedding is the perfect time to look past the ho-hum nude and pink lipsticks to play with sultry, rich berry shades.
Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff tells us that darker lipsticks — rich red cranberries, deep burgundies, blurred plums — can brighten up the whole face and emphasize your radiant smile. “In general, I love a berry lipstick on women of all skin tones,” Dubroff explains. “Whether it’s a sheered-out stain, or a crisp, high-pigment, matte color, darker tones look classic and elegant for any formal occasion — and especially perfect for a wedding.”
To find your fall wedding makeup inspiration, click ahead, and shop the lipstick formulas that will help you pull off the look on your own this season — be it your big day, or just a fancy date night under the harvest moon.
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If your ideal ceremony is outside in a sprawling field — and your dream gown has silver sparkly star embellishments — throw on a soft cranberry lip for the perfect touch of glam.
Dubroff tells us that Sisley’s Le Phyto Rouge lipstick is one of her must-have formulas because it bathes the lips in rich, pigmented color with balm-like softness.
Sisley Le Phyto-Rouge 24, $57, available at Sisley Paris
With a sheer pink or nude shade, your lip line might get lost in those candid profile shots wedding photographers love to capture. With a darker berry color, you get gorgeous depth and dimension at every angle.
At the Emmy’s this year, Claire Foy wore this rich burgundy lip color that had us feeling major bridal vibes when paired with her strapless white gown. The look came courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Quinn Murphy and two coats of this $9 liquid lipstick.
Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Liquid Lipstick in Wine Waters, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty
See how commanding a deep maroon lip looks with a crisp white dress, feathered brow, and dewy, airbrushed skin?
If you’re looking for a formula that is velvety smooth, softly shiny, and richly pigmented, you can’t go wrong with this Marc Jacobs Lip Cremé.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Sugar and Spice 286, $30, available at Net-A-Porter
When in doubt, look to your floral arrangements for makeup inspiration. Here, a blurred cranberry lip pairs perfectly with a flower crown accented with bright purple petals.
Dubroff also recommends the Rouge Coco lipstick by Chanel in the shade Etienne because it provides creamy lightweight coverage that will wear through multiple glasses of Champagne.
Chanel ROUGE COCO Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Etienne, $37, available at Chanel
A crisp, clean lip line is the perfect complement to a feminine kitten-winged eyeliner and slick, beach-y wet waves.
When it comes to high pigment, luxe burgundy lipstick, Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is the cremé de la cremé
Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid Lip Color, $55, available at Bergdorf Goodman
You can make your berry lip soft and shiny —so it doesn’t read too severe — then pair it with flirty gemstone earrings.
This is, hands down, one of the best liquid lipsticks $7 can buy, and the deep red shade, Roseblood, looks great on a wide range of skin tones.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lip 370 Roseblood, $7.49, available at Target
Monochromatic makeup is an easy way to add color to your face while keeping it subdued and romantic. Case in point: Laura Harrier’s berry lip and sheer plum eyeshadow.
Dubroff tells us that this matte velvet pencil by Nars in the shade Endangered is the perfect buildable stain that allows you to layer seamlessly, depending on how sheer or deep you want the red wine color.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Endangered, $27, available at NARS
It doesn’t matter if you’re tying the knot at the University Club in front of 200 guests, or at City Hall on a Sunday afternoon, an eye catching deep lip will work with every bridal aesthetic.
Daniel Martin, Meghan Markle’s wedding makeup artist works with Honest Beauty and told us that the chubby lip crayon in this raisin shade is the perfect pick for a fall bride.
Honest Beauty Honest Beauty Sheer Lip Crayons in Sheer Bordeaux, $12.99, available at Target
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