On the hunt to find the PERFECT NUDE
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.
Samplings of some Makeup Artist Favourites are found on this page.
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.
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.
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.
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.