We are all striving for that radiant glow in our skin. Why not apply that same philosophy to our lips?
When searching for a nude lipstick we often gravitate towards very neutral or beige colors. Before makeup lines began to cultivate a range of fleshy lip tones in various formulas, editorial makeup artists sometimes used concealer to create their own nude lip colors. This old school nude effect called for an almost colorless lip (often to balance a bold feature like a smokey eye). Today, an everyday nude lip color can be much fresher and showcase the wearer’s unique lip tone.
A nude color that is translucent lets the natural skin color peek through. A good way to estimate if a nude lipstick is a good color is to swatch a little on your cheeks. If it doesn’t work as a subtle blush then it is probably won’t read as natural on the lips. Line the lips in a pencil that is as close to an exact match of the natural lip color as possible. This creates a strong base for the shape and an undertone that is realistic. My current favorite formula for a healthy looking lip is the Chantecaille Lip Chic which boosts moisture with hyaluronic acid. Right now I like the pinkish nude Hyacinth and the light mauve Wisteria (an interesting twist on nude as it is light reflective and picks up on realistic purple undertones common in many complexions). A new addition this summer is the warm caramel Lychee Lip Sleek. These hydrating formulas keeps your lips dewy and plump.
Even if you prefer a really neutral color, always consider that the lips should look like they have a healthy glow of circulation. Part of the reason your face looks so plumped and radiant after a facial is the wonderful circulation that has been stimulated from the massage. If your nude lipstick looks too flat or too colorless, you can add a tiny amount of a bright transparent gloss in a color like pink or coral or on top (just enough to boost the shade without changing the color completely). Another method is to lightly stain bare lips with a red or berry tone and then apply a nude color over it. These color layering tricks help ensure the look of a healthy complexion by adding a flush of warmth to your lips.
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