6 Not So Average Lip Shades to Start Wearing Now

Here at TTS we love anything that draws attention to the mouth. That’s why we love lipstick, lipgloss, spicy food that swells up our pouts, tinted lip balm, etc. But sometimes, we exhaust those classic, bright reds, shun pasty nudes, and move past trendy shades like oxblood and coral that have trickled down to the masses. Besides, there are sooo many more great shades that have gone unnoticed, like mauves, melons, cognacs, and bordeauxs, too. That’s why we searched high and low for some really pretty, cool-girl shades that’ll differentiate you from all the laggers. It was a hard feat but we managed to curate a short but sweet list of lip shades that will carry you from fall well into winter.


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photo via Harper's Bazaar

photo via Harper’s Bazaar

We like to keep our readers in the know, so if you followed our up-to-date coverage of fall trends, you’ll know that we spotted berry lips all over the damn place. So if you’re not quite ready to try anything too bold go with this new Lancome strawberry rose hue in Rose Couture as an update to conventional red.

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photo via Nordstrom

photo via Nordstrom

Purple lipstick has had it’s moment. It’s fun and funky but you can still exude your individually with this more muted version of the shade. Mauve is perfect way to explore the realm of purple without the shock factor. This Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in Emotion is the gorgeous, natural alternative that’ll still wow, just in a more subtle way.

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photo via Smashbox

photo via Smashbox

An unexpected color to paint your lips with for winter, we love this refreshing tone as an homage to warmer days. This Smashbox shade in Melondrama is bright without being too summery like overdone coral and will totally illuminate your face even on gloomy, snow ridden days.

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photo via Net-A-Porter

photo via Net-A-Porter

It warms our bellies in the dead of winter and now it will instantly warm up your lips too. Cognac is a beautiful, buttery brown that’s as sensual as it is diverse. It’s an every day shade that will invite sophistication to your beauty routine. We love this Charlotte Tilbury matte shade in no better name than Bond Girl.

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photo via Chanel

photo via Chanel

Sometimes nude lipsticks and lip glosses can look pasty and bleak, especially when the shade doesn’t complement your complexion. But this Chanel gem in Pensive is a beige babe that is a neutral color that’s a knockout on any skin tone. Pair it with a smokey eye or solo, either way your luscious lips will draw some unexpected attention.

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photo via Barneys

photo via Barneys

Okay, so you can’t forgo red all season. But instead of bright reds and oxblood, go with something that resembles you favorite nightcap: wine. It’s still classic but warmer and humble for date nights cuddling up in cozy restaurants. This Kevyn Aucoin red in Bloodroses makes us thirsty for a healthy pour of Syrah and some good company.


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