There are no real rules when it comes to what time of year you should wear certain shades, but there’s something about the switch from summer to fall that inspires a shift to darker lipsticks. Rich plums, dramatic burgundies, bronze-y chocolates, and even straight-up black lipsticks are just a few of the deep shades available to you and your lips this autumn. And while they won’t keep you warm as the temperature steadily drops, they do look really hot.
Luckily, whether you’re going for a vampy, goth, or glam version of dark lips, you can get chic results at every imaginable price. Drugstore brands like Maybelline New York and E.L.F. offer options under $10, while Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Dior give you high-fashion dark hues that qualify as minor (and totally worth-it) investments. And whether you want to snag your shades at Target, a classic department-store counter, or online, the shopping options are endless.
But allow us to narrow those choices down to some of our absolute favorites for fall 2020. Below, you’ll find our top picks for dark lip colors in every finish: matte, glossy, opaque, sheer, and everything in-between.
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