The DIY Playbook Style Series – Lip Colors

5 years ago, you probably never would have spotted either of us wearing lipstick. Maybe it’s just us, but we feel like bold lip colors are a new beauty trend and back in our day it was all about lip gloss. Our makeup bags were filled with sparkly glosses, scented glosses, and pink colors of every kind.


We are so happy that lipstick is now “in”, because getting your hair caught in lip gloss is probably the worst thing ever. #notcute


We love how lipstick can instantly make you feel put together and makes you seem just so much more awake. Swiping on a coat of color is now a part of our everyday routines, and we figured we’d share some of the hues we’re crushing on this season.

Today’s Style Staple: Fall Lipstick


Casey: I’m not gonna lie, I’ve typically purchased all of my lipsticks from the drugstore for about $2. Often the color isn’t right, it doesn’t glide on effortlessly, and I’m re-applying every 30 minutes. I recently decided to find a lip color that I love for every season (so 4 lip colors that I adore and that go with my skin tone). In the summer I chose a bright pink hue that I loved wearing out on the weekends. And I most recently found a pretty berry color that I’ve been swiping on non-stop. burberry-lipstick

It’s called “Oxblood” by Burberry. And I know what you’re thinking…who the heck buys designer lipstick? I’m with ya! But the color is just so pretty, and after years of buying the cheap stuff I can now see why some people splurge on nice beauty products. I hit up Sephora and tried on a few colors of a variety of brands, and this one ended up being the winner. casey-mirror-lipstick

It’s the perfect fall color…not too red, not too orange…and I absolutely adore it. laura-mercier-lip-pencil

I’ve found that I get the best results if I also use a lip liner. I typically moisturize my lips, outline them with the pencil, fill them in with the pencil, and then swipe on a coat of lipstick. The color lasts and lasts all day if I follow this routine.


I’m planning to find the perfect red lip for the holidays, but until then this is my absolute favorite maroon color.

Here are some other colors that we are loving this season.

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1. Nars Lip Pencil in “Cruella” // 2. Laura Mercier Lip Pencil “Deep Wine” // 3. Bobbi Brown “Blackberry” // 4. Mac “Antique Velvet” // 5. Burberry “Oxblood”


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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.

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