It was all about the nude lip at the Grammys on Sunday with the likes of Taylor Swift, Anna Kendrick and Rita Ora showing off the perfect pout. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m very much a fan of red lipstick but there’s something just so alluring about a nude lip that I have somehow managed to accumulate over the years a countless number of nude lipsticks and lip glosses which all reside in their own makeup bag in my designated makeup drawer. The beauty of a nude coloured lipstick/gloss is that there are so many different shades to choose from, which means that anyone can work this look – from peachy toned to pink toned nude lippies, there’s something for everyone.
Once you’ve made the decision to go for this pretty lip look then you need to decide first on whether you’re a gloss girl or a lipstick lady and secondly on whether you want a sheer or matte finish. Sheer finishes are incredibly subtle and allow you to go for a more heavy eye makeup look. YSL’s Volupté Sheer Candy lipstick maybe new out but as far as I’m concerned it’s my HG sheer nude lipstick and why’s that? Well, because every time I use it, my lips feel ridiculously soft and moisturised. It’s also perfect as it’s really understated but still noticeable plus there’s a range of shades so no matter what your skin tone, there’s a shade to match. I mean, yes, it’s pretty expensive at £23.50 a pop but it’s worth it plus it smells like mango which makes me feel all summery even on the chilliest of mornings! I use this in the shade Juicy Grapefruit as it has a nice pinkey base to it which flatters my annoyingly pale skin tone (seriously, I’m so pale I’m practically translucent!) but YSL have created some really flattering shades in this range.
For more of a matte finish a la Rita Ora then the perfect product to use is Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil which gives a highly pigmented finish. The shade Paimpol is my personal favourite but if you have more warm tones in your skin then Belle de Jour is the perfect shade for you. Again, a massive reason as to why I like this product by Nars is that even though it’s matte, it’s still incredibly moisturising to my lips so that they don’t feel dried out after using this lip pencil. You can also a apply a slick of lip gloss over the top of this matte lip colour to create a more dramatic finish.
As far as lip glosses go, I don’t actually thnk it’s necessary to spend as much as you would on a lipstick as from my experience there are some really great quality cheap(ish) nude lipglosses out there. Models Own do a stunning nude/pink lip gloss in the shade Ballet Pink at a bargain price of £5 (£5 for a lip gloss – is this real life?!).
I really don’t think that you can beat a nude lip (honestly, just try pairing it with smokey eye makeup and you’ll see what I mean!) – it’s subtle, understated, pretty and feminine. So let your lips be naked with a nice nude lippy and perfect that pout like you just won a Grammy.
Do you like nude lipsticks? Which shades work best for you? Share the lippy love and let us know!