Tips and Trends for Your Fall Wedding Look

As the days get darker, so does the lipstick.


Just as florals for spring are nothing groundbreaking (see: “The Devil Wears Prada”), dark lip color is a fall staple. This year, brides face the challenge of making dark lips play well with the fresh, glossy skin trend that local makeup artists say isn’t going away anytime soon. 

“Iridescence will carry over to fall, just because more of that heavy and matte look is out,” says Nikki Gilboy, a Pittsburgh-based professional makeup artist. “A lot of brides now like to keep it on the natural side.”

Shades of burgundy are always relevant for fall, says Gilboy, but deep rose will be popular this year, as it pairs more easily with natural-looking skin. Some brides (and bridal parties) are unsure about wearing dark lip color during ceremonies, so one solution Gilboy suggests is wearing one lipstick color for the ceremony and photos, and then switching it up to something bolder for the reception. 

“That way when the party starts, you have a little more pop,” she says. 

Another local makeup artist, Alaina Thomas, says lip color is the primary difference she sees in preferences between brides getting married in the fall/winter versus the warmer months. In addition to deep rose, her picks for fall are berry and magenta shades. 

This fall, burgundy shades will also transfer to the eyes, she says. Reddish eyeshadow hues pair with gold, bronze and deep evergreen colors. Colorful eyes and lips typically don’t pair well together, though, says Thomas. If you’re doing a bold lip, she says, go light on the eyes and focus on the skin. Vice versa for bold eyeshadow.

Despite the matte lips trend tapering off, lip liner — which was very trendy alongside matte lips in the ‘90s — is surging in popularity, says Gilboy. 

“A lip liner blended into a nude lipstick and topped with a gloss is such a flattering look right now,” she says. 

Both artists says the common thread these days is the gravitation toward more natural-looking skin and incorporating skincare products into the makeup routine.

Gilboy talks with her clients about their skincare routines at their makeup trials, which typically take place about three months before the wedding. That’s a great time to get facial treatments and try to adhere to a quality skincare regime, she says, because it’s far enough away from the wedding to allow time for products to work, but not so close that it could cause a skin disaster.

“So much of the focus now is on the skin and what the skin looks like,” says Gilboy. “Makeup definitely starts in the skin.”

Favorite Products

For lips
Nikki Gilboy: Crème in Your Coffee by Mac or Viva Glam 3 by Mac Alaina Thomas: Anything by LipSense, Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink

Nikki Gilboy: Tatcha Water Cream, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Alaina Thomas: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, Sonia Roselli Water Balm Skin Prep

Nikki Gilboy: Temptu Airbrush Makeup Alaina Thomas: Mehron Celebré Pro-HD Foundation

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