Beauty biz – in the BUFF

 On the hunt to find the PERFECT NUDE

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Canotier
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Canotier
NARS sheer lipsitck in Cruising
NARS sheer lipsitck in Cruising

It has always been difficult to find the perfect shade of nude lipstick, maybe even more so than searching for the perfect Red.  I like a nude lip that doesn’t completely wash you out, still looks natural & closely resembles the color of your skin tone – only slightly enhanced.  I don’t mean plain old beige either, they come in a variety of shades to pick from.  Personally, I find ones that have a lot of pigment are the best – like those from *NARS.lipnarscruising2

Samplings of some Makeup Artist Favourites are found on this page.


Dior Rouge Lip Color in Beige Indecise
Dior Rouge Lip Color in Beige Indecise

What to look for: Two shades up from your natural skintone is a good start. Fair skins look best wearing shades with more pigment like a peachy/pink and darker skin, with more brown. Use some makeup artist wizardry and dab on some concealer to tone down a naturally pink lip (Angelina Jolie uses this trick all the time),  fill in your lips with a nude lip pencil (like Mac Spice) first or use Benefit Lip Plump (which is like a foundation for your lips) before applying lipstick. Don’t go too matte.

Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke
Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke

 Be VEIN: A key to understanding undertones is essential to finding a nude lipstick that won’t wash the rest of you out. A quick and easy way to figure it out is to look at the veins that show through the thin skin on the inside of your wrist: if they look blue, you have cool undertones and if they take on a slightly greenish hue, you’re warm. Not sure which way you go? You most likely have neutral undertones.  I believe mine to be blue/green.liptfspanishpink

Choosing a color for your skin tone:

For fair or pale skin: With lighter skin tones, avoid beige lipsticks, which will wash you out. Instead, look to soft pinks and peaches or pale apricot as your base shade.

For the golden girls: If you have lots of golden undertones in your skin, go for creamy, caramel-toned nudes and warm beiges. Avoid anything too cool, like grays or silver-toned shades.

For olive tones: If you have olive skin, you’re a lucky gal. Just about any nude shade will look great on you from beige to bronze to pinks. I love olives but I hate olive girls.

Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude
Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude

For skin with yellow undertones: Think light, creamy-toned beiges like latte or mocha.

For dark-toned skin: Go for chocolate tones such as rich golden browns and coffees.

For the rest of your FACE – a pop of pink or peach blush plus bronzer keeps the face vibrant.

On another note: *I found “the best” toned-down earthy/muted brick red lipstick (goes on smooth & a bit sheer) from NARS – called Gipsy.

Do you have a favourite NUDE? Please share.





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