8 Vampy Drugstore Lipsticks Everyone Can Pull Off This Winter

Pulling off a deep red, near black, or dark berry lipstick come winter is easier said than done. Getting the right shade is one thing, but if your wintery skin isn’t glowing, prepare to look like a homeschooled jungle freak on crack when you waltz in with that Cherries in Snow shade smeared on your face. Because we know you’re afraid of commitment and don’t want to spend $70 on a dark purple Dior lipstick only to have it make you look like you’ve been drinking grape Kool-Aid, we’re presenting a roundup of the best winter lipstick shades that you can find around the corner in your local CVS, Walgreens, or what-the-fuck ever.

1. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen in Mad for Matte

A classic red lip should be your first choice come winter, and this matte look is easy to pull off thanks to a pointed tip on the pen. You’ll get a nice outline without bleeding, which is literally the worst with a bold lip. Plus, it stays put—v important when you’re chugging eggnog.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen

2. Pacifica Liquid Lipstick in Bae

Wine shades are definitely in for winter and colder months in general. This shit works well for date nights and if you truly aren’t afraid of being bold as fuck.

Pacifica Liquid Lipstick In bae

3. Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Mink Brown

I know brown lipsticks can be a little intimidating and, full disclosure, aren’t going to look amazing on everyone (shout-out to my v pale friends). However, this shade has hints of red, making it easy to work with on nearly every skin tone. Plus, the $0.99 price tag means you can buy it, try it, and toss it if you hate it.

Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick Mink Brown

4. Rimmel Apocalips Matte Lipstick Velvet in Meteoric Matte

Velvet is 100% in right now (which we have mixed feelings about), but this shit lasts longer than the velvet trend is likely to. It dries out kinda fast, though, so slather on a good amount of ChapStick beforehand.

Rimmel London Lipstick

5. NYX Matte Lipstick in Aria

If you want to push the envelope and rock a violet lipstick (bless), this is what you need. Again, since it’s a drugstore brand, you’re more able to buy it and try it WITHOUT feeling bad about tossing it if you hate it. You’re likely to love this shit, though—it’s super bold, vibrant, and looks great especially on darker skin tones for winter.

NYX Matte Lipstick In Aria

6. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Berry Rich

WOOOOOO Berry. If you, like me, are pale year-round, you love to rock a berry lip in winter. This shade is nice and bright without being incredibly loud. Rock this shit for an understated yet sophisticated look.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Berry Rich

7. CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Tempt Berry

While we’re on the berry train, we can’t forget CoverGirl. This lipstick is super hydrating, so you can rock the deep color (with a niiiice little shine) without worrying about constantly touching up.

CoverGirl Colorlicious in Tempt Berry

8. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in HD Passion

If you can’t decide on literally anything ever and love a liquid lipstick cause you can’t quite handle a regular one, here ya go. This shit brings in red, purple, and deeper hues so bold that you LITERALLY don’t need any other makeup. For reals. 

Revlon HD Lipcolor Passion

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5 Fall Beauty Trends That Will Be All Over Instagram

Even though it feels like Satan’s armpit in New York rn, fall is fast approaching. But with every new season comes a new wave of people trying to make fetch some batshit beauty trend happen. Hello hairy selfie nails? Fucking wave eyebrows? It’s a wonder God doesn’t just smite us all rn and start over with the human species. Honestly, would not blame Her one bit. That said, there are a few trends that if I saw a person rocking them on my Instagram news feed I wouldn’t immediately report that person to Instagram HQ for personally victimizing me with their beauty choices. I’m kind like that. Anyways, here are 5 beauty trends that are about to be all over your Instagram this fall.

1. Metallic Accents

If you would have told me three months ago that this metallic/glitter trend would still be going strong this fall AND that I’d be into I would have told you to lay off the bath salts. But I guess it wouldn’t be a Monday unless I decided to lower my standards try something new, and metallic accents are about to be everyfuckingwhere this fall. They were all over the runway during Fashion Week and I have a feeling they’re also about to be all over the J train at 8am during my morning commute. Tbh I’m barely in the mood to speak words to humans before 11am, and I’m certainly not in the mood for you and your iridescent eyelids assaulting my retinas that early in the morning. The key to metallics is to be subtle AF with your makeup. Think gold eyeshadows and shimmery nail polish—make the metallics the statement piece of your look.

Metallic Accents

2. Graphic Eyeliner

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: Winged eyeliner is done. It’s cancelled. And thousands of thots just screamed into the void. During Fashion Week makeup artists ditched traditional eyeliner techniques for more graphic lines paired with fresh faces. 100 percent this look is not for your 9am department meeting (or so I am “gently” reminded by HR), but it could take your after work happy hour game to the next fucking level. Again, the eyeliner should be the statement of your look so don’t try pairing this shit with a crazy lip color or glitter eyeshadow. Instead pair the blunt, clean lines with barely-there makeup for a chic AF finish. 

Graphic Eyeliner

3. Black Bows

For those of you who have been dressing like Blair Waldorf since 2012, just waiting for preppy-bitchy-chic to come back into style (as if it ever wasn’t) then get ready to lose your fucking mind because black bows are making a huge comeback for fall. This is not a drill. This hair accessory is about to blow up your Instagram feed with girls who are trying to exercise their daddy issues make a bold statement with their look. It’s a low-maintenance way to upgrade your everyday look. Plus it’s cheap AF to pull off.

Black Bow

4. The Natural Glow

Apparently this fall is going to be all about “fresh faces” and “looking natural”. *shudders* But if you think for one fucking second I’d let my coworkers see the actual face I was born with, then you’ve lost your damn mind. Even though contouring might be over forever (someone needs to notify the Jenner/Kardashian Klan ASAP), there’s still a shit ton of makeup that goes into looking natural because no one just woke up like that. Use hydrating creams and highlighters to get that clean, clear complexions and natural looking, healthy glow.

Natural Makeup

5. Vampy Lips

You know what they say: if it ain’t broke then don’t fuck with my vampy lip color. Tbh I don’t think I can imagine a world where dark lipwear isn’t in style and I’m feeling v blessed that I don’t have to this fall. There’s a reason this shit is timeless: It’s chic and edgy, it looks good on legit any skin tone, and you will 100 percent find me rocking this lip color from now until Memorial Day. We suggest using NARS Audacious Lipstick in deep aubergine because the color is amaze and that shit will never come off no matter how many vodka sodas you drink at happy hour. 

Vampy Lips

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