>> This may just be the season of the lip. Though there was no shortage of super pale nudes on the Fall 2011 runways (think Chloé, Jason Wu, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent), there were plenty of more dramatic hues on display as well. From the intensely dark shades spotted at Gucci and Custo Barcelona to the vibrant brights seen at Jil Sander (left) and Nina Ricci, Fall 2011 offers a lip color for everyone — and every mood. Click through to see 8 of the prettiest lip colors of the season.
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Looking for a new lip color but don't know which shade is right for you? Jason Ascher is the beauty guru at Barneys New York, so he knows a thing or two about selecting the right products. He recommends letting your skin tone be your guide to spotting the most flattering colors. Here, he dispenses advice for choosing hues.
If you have pale skin:
Show some courage! Ascher recommends wearing "a bright pink, as long as you wear it with confidence and own the look." Go for the bold with Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Schiap ($24) or Hourglass Femme Rouge Crème Lipstick in Fever ($30).
If you have medium or olive skin:
"Look for a juicy orange lip color, and keep the remainder of your look quite neutral," Ascher says. A satiny shade like Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Orange ($30), or Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Gloss in N7 ($48) would be a tangerine dream.
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I love the texture and tones of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics lip colors, whether it's the creamy, smooth lipsticks and creams or the shimmery, non-sticky lip glosses. So I was thrilled to stumble upon this Bobbi Brown Best Sellers Lip Palette, which packs six of the brand's most popular lip shades in a surprisingly affordable compact; you can get one for just $42 here. The palette, which was recently named Best Lip Palette by Allure magazine, ranges from classic, subtle nudes to mauve and deep purple. I particularly like the natural-looking Brown Lip Color and the deeper, more dramatic Raisin. These colors would look great on almost any complexion, making this a great gift for your girlfriends.