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The Perfect Nude Lipstick: Shades For Every Skin Tone

[ 0 ] January 28, 2009 |

The perfect nude lipstick is a subtle yet super-sexy way to draw attention to your pout.  It is also great for the office since it is low maintenance.  Unless you work at a cosmetic counter go easy on the gloss during the day – a matte lipstick with perhaps a touch of shine will impart a polished, professional look.  If matte lipstick is too drying, use lip balm underneath.  It will moisturize without the shine.

In the evening though, feel free to lacquer those lips with a complimentary nude gloss.  This will give the illusion of more full, luscious and seductive lips.

Angelina Jolie perfects the nude lippie with smokey eye makeup.

Angelina Jolie perfects the nude lippie with smokey eye makeup.

This is the trademark look for the current queen of Hollywood, Angelina Jolie.  She uses Laura Mercier’s lip creme in Discretion.  If your lips are not as full as hers, try using a “plumping” gloss like Two-Faced Lip Injection – don’t let the name scare you!

To make this look seem effortless, well, you do have to make some effort!  If the lips are soft and sexy choose a bold and beautiful palette for the eyes.  A smokey eye is brilliant with nude lipstick, especially black eyeliner with dark gray/blue/brown eyeshadows.  A light brush of shimmer on top is a nice finishing touch.  If that is too bold for you then at least make liberal use of dark eyeliner and mascara, otherwise you can appear washed out or pale.  A light dusting of neutral blush and face powder will complete this look.

It may take some trial and error to find the perfect nude lipstick.  Ideally, you want one that is very close to your natural lips yet enhances them ever so slightly.  A touch of pink is excellent for blonds while olive or golden-toned women should try mauve or peach tones.  The latter option works well for darker skin tones too, along with rich browns.

It can be quite difficult to pick the right color from a test swatch or a picture on the internet.   You really won’t know until you try it on, ideally with your eye makeup in place.  If you have the time, go to your favorite cosmetic counter/store and ask the sales clerk for assistance.  They should be able to narrow down the choices for you.  If you really want to be smart about it have the clerk do your eyes as well (or do it before you get there).  This may seem like a lot of wasted time and effort but it is easier and quicker to do the legwork beforehand rather than take home a product/shade which is not only unsuitable but you now must suffer the inconvenience of returning/exchanging it.  Plus, it’s always nice to have someone fuss over you for a bit, no?

I wouldn’t recommend spending a lot of money on a nude lipstick but if you prefer a certain brand and it happens to be expensive (Cle de Peau, anyone?) then check with your favorite brand first.

Below, I have listed some pricey and inexpensive lipstick options to help you achieve this sexy look.  Beware:  This will draw sexy attention – make sure you’re ready for it…

Have fun – and please let me know how this works for you!!

Alabaster, Porcelain skin tone:

Pricey:  Laura Mercier-Discretion or Vincent Longo Lipstain SPF15-Nude
Inexpensive:  Clinique Long Last Soft Shine-Twilight Nude or Maybelline Moisture Whip-Nude Blush

Olive, Golden, Honey skin tone:

Pricey:  Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal-Tiramisu (very sheer) or NARS-Blonde Venus
Inexpensive:  Revlon Super Lustrous-Fleshtone #230 or Clinique Long Last Soft Shine-Blushing Nude

Espresso, Chestnut skin tone:

Pricey: Bobbi Brown-Cocoa, Rich Cocoa, Putty or Chocolate

Inexpensive: Clinique Different-Tenderheart or MAC-Plastique or Jubilee

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