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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  GLAM up & Away at airports - with the Pink Bus kiosk. If you can buy cupcakes and tacos on the go, why not satisfy your hunger for makeup!?  That's exactly what the company thought.
GLAM up & Away at airports – with the benefit Pink Bus kiosk. If you can buy cupcakes and tacos on the go, why not satisfy your hunger for makeup!? That’s exactly what the company thought.

Have you ever been to the tiny Benefit flagship store in Mill Valley, California?  It’s so cute, mostly pink, very inviting & attention grabbing (as most of their product line is) at the same time – I dare you to walk by without stopping in.  Then you’ll come out with at least two products in your bag that you can’t wait to try on.  They’re one of the most fun cosmetic lines out there with many excellent  products.  Let’s narrow a few down because Winter is almost upon us and our skin tends to get dull and dry.  We need a pick me up in the complexion department.  Granted, these 3 products do “almost” the same thing with a slight twist so you really don’t need all three – maybe just one or two. Okay all three!

Highlighting the “HALL OF FAME” Highlighters

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soft focus highlighter for face – Why we love it!

The soft focus highlighter turns “watt” ya got with a delicate champagne glow that’s gorgeous. With a cream-to-powder finish…it’s a switch on “wow” for all complexions. You’ll adore the smooth applicator & luminous sheen.

Who else loves it!

2011 Real Beauty Gold Star Award, Best Makeup Products from 2011

How to apply

Glide on cheek & brow bones…then sculpt with its soft glow blender for YOUR perfect gleam. Can be applied solo or over existing makeup.

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a brow lifting pencil – Why we love it!

This soft brow highlighting pencil is your instant brow lift! Perfect for all skin tones, the linen-pink highlight hue adds a lifted look to the entire eye area. It’s never been easier to raise a brow…or two!

How to apply

Apply pencil under your brow following the arch. Lightly blend.

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luminescent complexion enhancer – Why we love it!

This satiny pink liquid highlighter accents cheek & brow bones for a dewy, radiant glow. Use as a spot highlighter over makeup or wear under complexion products for subtle luminescence. It’s the “supermodel in a bottle!”

Who else loves it!

2012 Awards, readers’ choice for best highlighter

How to apply

Dot and blend over makeup on to cheek and brow bones, or anywhere you want a glance to linger.

Available at Sephora & most major department stores.

*NEW – Glam Up & Away: with vintage pink bus beauty kiosks coming to airports across the U.S.

 Whoever said you can’t get your Benefit faves on the go clearly had never met a woman in 2013!  Taken from their blog:

Think back to your last 4-hour flight… you arrived at your destination wearing workout pants, hair in a messy bun, and skin feeling dry & lifeless. Let’s face it, you were more Page Six tragic than celebrity jet-setting status.

Landing into 25 locations before the end of 2013. – See more at: