The Best of Oxblood Beauty

If any color can be both luscious and aloof, it's oxblood. My first pair of Dr Martens were that perfect shade of not quite plum, not quite maroon -- and I'm so happy that the fashion world reminded me of my beloved hue this fall. Here are our favorite beauty buys that embrace the color of the moment:  Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint ($24, pictured). The color's called "Moody," and this gloss-balm-stain hybrid is a sheer take on oxblood, for the fainter of heart. Totally wearable all day long, and you can make it work doubletime as a blush!

 Zoya Oxblood Red Polish ($8). A classic, unfancy, dead-on shade. Check out Zoya's oxblood pinterest page for more inspiration. (RGB does a darker version that's also great for $16.)

 Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush ($8). In "Plum Wine," this blush is darker than I usually go, but it's winter and I'm ready for more dramatic beauty picks, especially at this price.