Nothing says “in charge and fearless” more than a striking bold lip. It can read professional, self-assured, flirty, and chic all at once. On top of the intriguing attitude a bold lip presents, it’s also a way to add a pop of color to your fall look. “Transiting from summer to fall can feel lackluster,” says celebrity makeup artist Aliana Lopez. “But adding a bold lip color to your beauty routine can keep you feeling fun and energetic.” Who couldn’t use that boost? And all it takes is finding that perfect liquid lipstick that screams confidence and turns heads.
Recently, liquid lipsticks have become a favorite among consumers and insiders alike. All because brands have started making formulas that wear comfortably (think: non-drying), but still have lasting abilities and strong color payoff. If it’s bold you’re looking for, it’s bold you’ll get, when you’re using liquid lipsticks. With so many beautiful new formulas out there, we narrowed it down and rounded up the best of the best to give your fall look the oomph you deserve. And for more ways to get that extra energy before you walk out the door, here are The 20 Best Energizing Beauty Products for an Extra Morning Boost.
$24; Buy now at Sephora.com
People were seriously hyped when this cult-favorite brand announced the launch of a liquefied version of their most popular lipstick line, Amuse Bouche, this summer. The creamy formula applies smoothly and wears comfortably throughout the day without smearing. With 19 bright and neutral colors to choose from, you’re sure to find a shade that works for you. And for more tips on finding just the right shade, here’s your complete guide to fall’s hottest hair colors and cuts.
$5; Buy now at WetnWildBeauty.com
Beware: This drugstore pick looks like a gloss when you apply, but after just a minute it dries to an ultra-matte finish that lasts all day. As for its uniquely shaped applicator, it makes gliding around the edges of your lip super easy to keep the outer line clean and precise. Although there are some awesome nude options, if you’re looking to give off fierce vibes, try Flame of the Game (pictured above).
$26; Buy now at Sephora.com
This brand-new favorite gives major color payoff that doesn’t budge no matter how many cups of coffee you drink or snacks you eat. It also feels light as a feather, which is a trait most matte formulas lack. To get the smoothest results, exfoliate and moisturize the lips pre-applications. “Give some time for the balm to set, it will make sure your lips stay moisturized all day,” explains Lopez. “And right before you [apply the lipstick] pat any excess lip balm off with a tissue.” For more beauty tips like this, check out the 20 Overnight Beauty Products for Always Waking Up Gorgeous.
$24; Buy now at Sephora.com
For a finish that’s totally new and funky, try this metal-inspired line. As hard and stiff as it may look on, the texture actually feels pretty pleasant thanks to the infusion of lotus oil. We get that not everyone feels they can pull off this foil-like finish, but it’s so cool that there’s no harm in trying! And with shades referencing Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters, what’s not to love?
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From blues and purples to pinks and nudes, there are all kinds of different Kat Von D shades for all kinds of different people and occasions (42 to be exact). To guarantee a clean finish when using such vivid colors, it’s probably best to line the lips. “Line your lips starting at the outer corners of your mouth, fill in 3/4 of the way to the center of the lips and finish by lining the top and cupid’s bow,” says Lopez. “Finish with your liquid lipstick, starting in the middle of your lips and slowly swiping out to fill the remainder of your lips.”
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This line has both matte and shimmer shades you can choose from in a formula that won’t bleed or transfer. The matte colors even feel soft after they dry. And as for the sweet scent, that’s really just icing on the cake (which is weirdly enough kind of what it smells like).
$7; Buy now at Walmart.com
If you need a durable, all-day wear, this two-sided lipstick stays in place so long that it’s honestly even difficult to remove with makeup remover. Start by applying the color side, then let it dry for a minute. Once it’s dried, apply the clear top coat, which is what keeps the color in place and smudge-free. This clear coat also gives it a shiny finish and makes it comfortable to wear for the very long time it stays on. To stay as energized and dull-resistant as this lipstick, refer to the 15 ways to be a higher-energy person immediately.
$28; Buy now at Sephora.com
The limited shades in this classic line are très chic without being subtle or boring. For a youthful pink, we like Ballet, but for a shade that’s bold, empowering and classy all in one, we highly recommend Muse (pictured above). This orangey, coral red is great for cool and neutral skin tones, per Lopez’s recommendation.
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Not into mattes? Then this is a great choice that provides a shiny finish. But don’t worry, it doesn’t look too pre-teen glossy, or feel it either. Also, the fuzzy applicator at the end of the squeezable tube allows for more control, making lip liners a non-issue.
$8; Buy now at Ulta.com
This collection is an ideal way to brighten things up when the darker and duller fall season is in full swing. It has a wide range of vibrant colors that stay put. If you’re scared of color, Lopez has a little tip. “Don’t be afraid to try on lip colors, some may surprise you on how good they really do compliment your look, and worse case scenario you can wipe it off!” Once you’ve decided on the perfect new bold lip for fall, complete the look with these 10 Super Low-Maintenance Ways to Update Your Fall Wardrobe.
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