Complement your spring wardrobe with the perfectly nude pout this season.
Who says nude lips are boring? A killer, barely there lip increasingly gives the classic red one a run for its money. Minimal, fresh faced make-up dominated the spring/summer catwalks and we reckon it’s here to stay.
Everyone knows that a nude lip is a classic fail-safe beauty cheat that can instantly take you from understated daytime chic, to ultra glam when paired with a smoky eye of an evening. However, it’s finding the perfect shade to suit your skin tone that can be the tricky part. I remember all too well the dreadful ‘foundation lips’ stage I went through in my teens. Believe me when I say I’m cringing inside right now. The ‘new nude’ is far more understated than that. I’ve rounded up the must-have nudes for this season (dependant on your skin tone of course), so you’ll never fall victim to such a beauty faux-pas again. Nude has never been so simple.
One of the tricks to pulling off the perfect nude, is dependant on your skins undertones. If your unsure what yours is, here’s a trick – check the veins on your wrist, if they appear more green then you suit warmer tones and if they appear blue, reach for cooler tones.
If you have a warm undertone then you should stick to peachy pinks, or warm coppers and browns. If they’re cool then lean towards rosy pinks – steer clear of anything too beige or it’ll wash you out. Choosing shades that will complement your skins undertone is key if you don’t wish to look like a corpse (we’ve all been there).
The trick to pulling off a nude lip with pale skin, is to look for a nude with pink undertones in it. Whatever you do, don’t go for too light a shade or you may end up looking slightly zombified (yes, we made that word up). A sheer formula also works great on fairer skin as it enhances the natural colour of your lips.
TRY: Tom Ford Pink Dusk, £37, Selfridges – This ultra creamy opaque texture feels super velvety. The matte finish will ensure it stays in place throughout the day, with few touch ups needed. Apply it with a brush then tap with your finger to get a less ‘heavy’ feel.
Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink, £25, fabled.com – This lip colour gives the ultimate ‘barely there’ look with just one swipe across the lips. You can build on gorgeous colour by adding a few more layers and the rosy sheer, natural finish is perfect for porcelain or fair skin.
YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Nude Beige, £26, fabled.com – This is definitely one that works better with lighter skin tones. It’s a light, rosy pink shade, with a super creamy texture that glides on perfectly. It’s totally wearable so it will see you through from day to night.
Medium to olive skin
MEDIUM TO OLIVE SKIN
If you have more of an olive skin tone, then you’re lucky enough to be able to pull off many shades of nude. Go for a colour that’s slightly lighter or slightly darker than your skin, and choose a shade with beige, caramel or peach tones in it, as opposed to pinky ones.
TRY: Chanel Rouge Coco in Adrienne, £26, boots.com – The beauty desk are swooning over one of the latest additions to the Rouge Coco family. This is a completely wearable nude with an ever so slight hint of apricot. The ultra hydrating formula keeps lips silky smooth throughout the day, while providing a wash of colour or a buildable, more intense colour.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel, £24, fabled.com– The subtle hints of peach in this lip colour look great against a medium or slightly tanned skin. The incredible staying power and rich pigmentation is what really won us over. One swipe and you’re ready to go.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate, £23, Selfridges– This handbag essential is one of our all time favourites – the classic nude with a slightly peach undertone and rich, sultry biscuit-beige hues is an absolute godsend for the perfect pout. Charlotte Tilbury never fails us.
We know black skin can be difficult to pair with a nude lip. If you have dark skin then you should go for richer, chocolate browns to really enhance your skin tone. Sheer shades will give your lips a natural finish, ensuring they never look cakey.
TRY: M·A·C lipstick in Touch, £15.50, maccosmetics.co.uk – This is a perfect match for darker skin with its browny nude undertones. It doesn’t appear washed out on dark skin tones and its lustre finish gives a nice healthy sheen to lips.
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 200, £25, Selfridges– A firm favourite when it comes to dark skin tones, thanks to the gorgeous chocolatey, brown colour. It’s a CC lipstick combining incredible colour with the same qualities of a moisturising lip balm. It’s sure to leave an irresistible healthy looking natural glow to lips.
Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Chocolate, £21, fabled.com – This is a much deeper sheer chocolate colour that will work well for darker skin. Its creamy, semi-matte texture leaves lips feeling super moisturised, while managing to stay put at the same time. We’re sold.
Top Tip: Make sure your lips are thoroughly moisturised before applying any sort of nude lipstick. Nude really doesn’t bode well with dry or chapped skin as it can really get in to all the cracks and fine lines, highlighting dryness ever further. Believe us when we say that’s never a good look.