Nude lips are great for any occasion and a pale pink nude is more often than not my colour of choice. In my search for the perfect nude lip, I have come across some nice and also not so nice products. If you’re also a fan of nude lips, then this is for you…
Kim Kardashian undoubtedly boosted sales of NARS lip gloss in Turkish Delight after she mentioned that it was her favourite colour. It’s a gorgeous, sheer, milky pink colour that suits most skin tones. It is the perfect colour and is one of my all time favourite lip products. It’s not as tacky or sticky as MAC lipglasses, so doesn’t last as long, and frequent re-application is necessary. Sadly, it’s not available in S.A., so be on the lookout when you travel over the big blue!
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in Patience Please is milky pink-beige with a lustrous finish. As part of MAC’s Pro Longwear line, it lasts much longer on the lips compared to a regular lipgloss. The consistency is a tad thicker/stickier than MAC’s other lipglasses, so for those of you that don’t like wearing sticky glosses, this one may not be your first choice (the thick texture is what helps the gloss last so long without fading). The only not so nice thing about this product is that if your lips are dry, the gloss is a bit difficult to apply evenly, and it settles into every crack. I always apply some lip balm before I use it.
L’Oreal Le Gloss in Baby Blossom feels amazing on my lips, and is my go-to gloss for every day wear. It glides on smoothly, feels comfy and non-sticky. It also has the most amazing butterscotch/vanilla smell. The wear time is quite good for a non-tacky gloss and I love it so much that I have 3 brand new tubes in my stash, in case L’Oreal decides to stop making Le Gloss (because we’ve all been there right? We fall head over heels for a product after which it becomes discontinued!).
MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Creme Cup is a beautiful rosy-beige with a gorgeous vanilla scent. Creme Cup’s dry texture isn’t very moisturising, but helps its longevity, so be sure to apply lip balm beforehand if you have a parched pout.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté lipstick in Nude Beige is the creamiest, most pigmented, and crazily glossy formula I have ever tried. It glides on like a dream and gives you a super glossy shine that looks like there must be gloss on top (I always wear gloss on top of my lipstick, because I love shine). It’s one of the pricier products, but so worth it for the quality!
♥ Prep your lips by exfoliating them with a sugar and honey paste. Apply lip balm immediately after to keep them soft.
♥ Think of nude lipstick the same way you’d think about your foundation. To get the right colour, consider your skin colour and hair colour. If you have a fair complexion, go for a shade that has a slight pink tone to it so you don’t appear washed out. For those with medium or olive skin tones, select one that has a honey-like colour to it, as this will warm up your skin. And for darker skin tones, a sheer pinky-nude will work wonders, or try a soft taupe.
♥ If you want the truest shade of the lipstick to shine through, neutralize your own lip color first by applying a tinted moisturizer or foundation.
♥ Stick to glosses and creamier textures. Matte finishes are chic in darker shades but can look a bit chalky in a pale colour. If your nude lipstick is matte, give it some shine with a slick of gloss.
♥ If you have thin lips, a nude shade will make your lips look bigger (anything lighter always looks bigger).
♥ Going with a dramatic smoky eye? Pair your heavy eyes with a nude lip to ensure that all the focus is on your playful peepers.
♥ Always make sure to add a pop of colour by using blush plus some bronzer to keep your face looking vibrant.
Get ready to get nude!