Another summer has come and gone, and while we're still slightly weeping, we can't help but look forward to an entirely new season. Quite possibly the most exciting one? Autumn. While we aren't here to tout pumpkin spice lattes and apple-picking, we can stand behind all the makeup shades associated with the season. Yes, that's right. We're talking all the usual suspects including berry, brown and copper, plus a few newbies like black rose and burnt orange.
With that in mind, we made an epic list of all our favourite autumn makeup colours and the products we think you should add to your arsenal ASAP. Because, truly, what's a new season if it doesn't include a fun, fresh overhaul of your makeup products? Below, find our favourites and why we love 'em.
Black rose is this autumn's maroon, sanguine and oxblood of seasons past. It's the perfect balance between brick red and purple, as it complements your skin tone without overpowering anything else. Sure, the colour isn't groundbreaking (its predecessors have been our autumn go-tos for practically a decade), but the crisp, leafy season wouldn't be the same without something a little dark and moody. In contrast with summer's lighter offerings, this colour is exactly what we need to transition to the cooler temperatures. Plus, with new and innovative products to try, the shade has never felt fresher. We'll wear it on our eyes, lips and cheeks and never look back.
Much like black rose, berry has been a September staple for a while, only growing in popularity with each year. This season's variety is a slightly rosier, pinkish tone with hints of plum. It'll warm up your face while still keeping things natural-looking, with a flush that feels windswept on your cheeks and just-bitten on your lips. The products come with all types of finishes—from shimmers to mattes to stains—and we refuse to draw a line in the sand. We'll take one of each.
Frosted ginger, ripe peach and burnished copper are tailor-made for autumn, allowing you to play up all those warm, Western vibes you've had to say sayonara to over the summer. It's sun-kissed but woodsy and reminiscent of the fallen leaves once they turn. Can't you practically hear the crunch under your boots with each passing step? We're here for one of our favourite shades in a ton of new formulas and finishes. Be it gel, gloss, powder, or cream.
Rose gold is like berry's shimmery, sassier, younger sibling. Think trendy sophistication rather than classic colouring. It's a bit sheerer, so the wash of petal pink and golden metallics creates unbelievable dimension on your skin, maintaining a bit of summer glow on any skin type or tone. It's like a flute of champagne with a raspberry thrown in—fancy and fun.
Take all the candy-coated reds you've been glossing on and blending out during summer and shift to a slightly darker variety. Brick red is reminiscent of fireplaces and subsequent hot chocolate in all the best, most nostalgic ways. It's your favourite true red with a bit of velvety brown or some flecks of gold. It'll take you right through winter, too, if you're not trying to spend a lot on new, seasonal makeup.
Don't worry, guys. Bright apple reds are still very much a thing come autumn, so hang on to your favourites. The air can feel just as crisp in a true red as it does in blackberry, and it'll brighten up your whole face as a result. This season, though, don't just stick to painting your lips. Add colour to your lids and cheeks too for a red vinyl finish or a just-went-for-a-jog after-glow.
Transition all your sunset-inspired looks to autumn with a bit of very literal inspiration from candle-lit pumpkins. Burnt orange works as a varnished alternative to pink and creamsicle, allowing for a toned-down, earthy version of your summertime favourites. Mix and match a bunch of colours to get it right, or purchase just one signature favourite to carry you through 'til Spring.
The leathery, soft feeling of suede mixed with flattering, cocoa shades is pure autumn perfection. Show off the colour with a creamy, unexpected lip shade or for a twist on a smoky eye with warm browns and cinnamon hues. It's spicy, pretty, and just about everything you need out of an autumn-inspired makeup shade.
Jewel tones are so rich and vivid, like velvet and raw silk. It's only natural sapphire would end up on the list of must-haves—a sparkling version of the usual navy blue. Pair it with other jewel-like colours (including garnet and emerald) or let it shine on its own with a mostly natural look and one shimmering pop of colour.
Slate grey is an unexpected choice but one we can't wait to get into nonetheless. It's sultry without being over-the-top and modern without all the shimmer. We're looking for lips, eyes and highlights all in shades of grey this season, and we're thinking you should too.