The right nude lipstick is a valuable and versatile addition to any makeup bag and offers the perfect daytime or evening look. Sheer lipsticks are very wearable and the ideal finishing touch for daytime chic. The opaque and matt textures can give balance to stronger, more dramatic looks by drawing full attention and focus to a glamorous Smokey Eye.
Soft Glam Makeup on Christiane, using MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in shade Lady Be Good, finished with MAC LipGlass in Clear
There’s certainly no shortage of choice. Nude lipsticks
are available in an extensive range of textures and tones but finding the right one can be surprisingly challenging. The correct shade and texture when paired with a complementary makeup will bring life and radiance to your skin. Getting it wrong will have the opposite effect and leave you looking drained and washed out. So where to start?
It is very individual, so can be a bit of trial and error, but it’s definitely worth investing the time and effort.
A nude lipstick will really highlight dry or chapped lips, so ensure that they are well moisturised before
Adding a lip liner in a similar shade will add definition and shape to your lips. After lining, fill in your lips completely with the liner,before adding the lipstick to help the colour last longer.
Choosing the right one
As a general rule very light skin works well with pink and rose-based tones and sheer textures which enhance the natural lip colour can also be very flattering. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a shade which is too light though or your lips will disappear.
With a lot of factors to be considered it is important to check how a shade looks on your own
skin tone before purchasing,but a couple of my own favourites are Charlotte Tilbury in Pillow Talk and Dior Lip Glow in Rosewood.
Medium and Olive skin tones can choose from warmer nude tones; beige, peach and caramels and if you
have darker skin, then rich caramels and dark chocolate hues look amazing. Look out for NARS Audacious Lipstick in Deborah and MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy.
With so much choice available, it can be a little daunting and difficult to differentiate between the varying shades and tones. I always recommend selecting a few different nude lipsticks together, as seeing them side by side makes the colour difference more obvious and the comparison easier.
British Celebrity Makeup Artist, Charlotte Tilbury also has very helpful tool– “The Lipstick Finder “on
her website which gives a visual idea of how a variety of different colours will look against various skin tones. Give it a try at the link below. www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/finder/lipstick