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Did anyone else go through that phase of wearing concealer as lipstick? You probably accompanied it with some overly aggressive eyeliner and a moody pout? Well that’s just about everyone then. Damn, we were cool kids.
As painful as those memories are, there’s no getting away from the fact that the nude lip trend is here and it’s here to stay. It’s perfect for that carefree summer vibe, but for something that’s supposed to look fresh and effortless it can be one of the trickiest looks to pull off.
So where is the line between looking natural and refined and looking like the living dead? Here’s where we’ve been going wrong all these years:
- Avoid matte. It’s like the jealous gal pal that always finds a way to knock you down. However great it looks in the tube, it’ll look flat and cakey on lips. Un-friend.
- Exfoliate your lips before applying (a regular face scrub will do or a pinch of salt mixed with olive oil if you don’t have one). This creates a smooth base for the lipstick – nothing says beauty faux-pas like a pair of chapped, flaky lips.
- If you going nude and natural with all your make-up, for heaven’s sake pop a bit of blush on your cheeks to stop yourself from looking completely washed out.
And for finding the right shade for your skin:
Super pale skin: A pinky nude is really flattering and avoids the corpse-chic vibe. Beige will wash you out.
Light skin: If you’ve got cooler undertones stick to pink beiges to give lips some dimension, and if you have warmer undertones opt for golden beiges to bring warmth to your skin (they look amazing when you have a tan).
Olive skin: Any shade will suit you, you lucky thing. Bronzes, pinks, peaches or browns – the only thing we would say is don’t go for too light a shade. Apart from that, go for it!
Deep skin: Rich chocolate tones and golden browns really flatter your skin tone. We love a sheer wash of colour if you’re after something natural or something satin if you want a statement lip.
Now drop the concealer. Drop it!