Jun 20, 2017

With bold, bright lip colors are having a serious moment right now, other, more low-key essentials- like nude lipstick - have fallen by the wayside. But out of sight, does not mean out of mind. Because, while neon hues have their time and place, so do more neutral colors. Which is why we keep nude lipsticks on regular rotation. To show neutrals the love and appreciation they deserve, we’re spotlighting a few of our fave nude lippies that can be found at your local drugstore. Plus tips on how to find the right nude for you, the secret ways makeup artists use them to create amazing looks, and three unique ways to wear nude lips now. Enjoy, and you’re welcome.



How To Find Your Perfect Nude Lipstick

While it may seem daunting, picking your best nude is actually a whole lot easier than you might think. Here are three easy steps that will guarantee a nude that’s right for you.


Step 1: Know your undertones. Figuring out if your skin is cool, neutral, or warm isn’t just key for picking out foundation — it’s also a necessity for your lipstick. Your undertones will affect the colors that you choose. To do, look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they look blue, then you’re cool-toned. If they’re green, you’re warm. Not sure? A basic rule of thumb is that for girls with pale skin, that usually means looking for one more on the pink side. For those with medium or olive skin, you’ll want to grab something with a peachy undertone. Dark skin should definitely get in touch with their inner chocoholic and opt for chocolate tones — milk or dark, depending how deep your skin color is.


Step 2: Look at your lip shade. When picking out a natural nude, choose a color that’s one shade darker than your natural lip hue. If you go lighter, you run the risk of looking washed out. If you want to go for something with a bit more drama, look for shades that are on the dark side, but with the same undertones that are most flattering for your skin.


Step 3: Take a test drive. The only way to truly know if a color is right for you is to test drive it on yourself. If you are at a place where there are samples to try on your lips, that’s the best bet. Just be sure the sample looks clean and there are disposable brushes for you to use. If you can’t try it on your lips, try swiping on the back of your hand (the most similar to your face’s skin color). If you really cannot try it in advance, hold up the tube (if it’s clear) next to your skin.


How To Avoid Lifeless Looking Nude Lips

While fabulous, nude lipsticks can be tricky. One of the most common issues is “zombie lips,” aka too light, matte, flat lipstick that makes you look like a denizen of the undead. Here, a few tips on how to avoid it.


*When you choose a lipstick be sure it’s either the same tone or darker than your natural lip color. Anything lighter will make you look like your lips blend into your skin and create a washed-out effect.

*While matte lipstick is gorgeous, if you’re worried about looking unnatural with a sueded lip, try a more dimensional look. Opt for a satin or gloss finish lipstick, or apply a glossier texture over top or in the center of the lips. This will give your lips a little pop that will make them look multi-faceted.


*We can’t stress this one enough: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Nothing makes your lips look worse than dry, cracked texture. Matte lipsticks settle in the cracks and make your pout look like the Sahara, while glossy tones will just goop up and highlight the flakes. Apply a thin layer of balm to your lips, let it sit for a minute or so, then gently press a tissue over top to get rid of any excess that might cause your lipstick to slide around. Apply your lip color.



Three Ways To Go Bare

While nudes are best known for their natural, low-key appearance, there are some cool, statement-making ways to wear them. Here are our top three favorites.


1. The gradient lip: Popular in Korea, this style involves using two like shades to create a two-tone look where the inside of your lips have a bit more of a pop color while the perimeter has a more traditional nude. Use a nude pencil to fill in the lip, then pucker up and apply your color shade right in the center of top and bottom lips. This works best with a satin nude and a colorful, pigmented gloss.


2. Nude all over: Is there anything chicer than a monochromatic makeup look? We think not. Applying nude lip color, blush, and eye makeup in complementary tones creates a wow moment that’s stylish and sophisticated. Just be sure you are choosing shades that are very close in color and are all flattering hues for your skin type. You don’t want to look like you just covered your entire face in concealer and called it a day.


3. Texture play: Another fun way to go nude is to pick two identical or very similar lip shades in a matte and a glossy finish. Apply the matte on the edges of your lip, then use the gloss to highlight the Cupid’s bow, and the center of the lower lip. When you turn your head, the gloss will catch the light and give your neutral pout some extra oomph. You can also trying playing with textures with your makeup, like pairing a glossy lip with a matte eye or vice versa. It’s an easy way to look cool and trendy without putting a lot of time or effort into your makeup routine. You’ve got a busy schedule, after all.



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