Almost everyone wants to do a nude lip. But so much like other "unsafe colours" (e.g. reds or bright corals), everyone is fearful of using it.
To simplify the explaination of nudes is like asking someone to use the colours of our skin to our lip.
FACT: We do not have to use FULL COVERAGE lipsticks to create a nude lip! Washes of beiges to tone down our original lipcolour works well too! We can use even nudes with bits of tinge mauve/pink/peach to tone down our lips colour but leaving a touch of colour behind so as to prevent blotted out looking lips. soft lingering hues of pinks, peaches and even dark browns (for very dark skin) will look beautiful as well.
Full coverage lipsticks can pale out the lips with just one swipe, sheer lipsticks are beautiful for very dry lips to even the tone out. Everything inbetween is just based on comfort level and coverage wanted.
Those with even toned lip colour generally can use alot of nude lip colour as their lips are consistent.
For ladies who uses lipsticks and the eventual lipcolour is always pinkish/purplish, they have blue undertones for their lips and warmmer neutrals can always tone it down and even it out to a pure nude.
Always flustered reddish lips can be toned down with a neutral yellow/gold toned skin colour lipstick.
We can always use a small swipe of liquid foundation upon the lips, but knowing most people lick their lip product off too often. I suggest little or no foundation to use upon the lips.
Always condition the lips with a irritant free lipbalm before apply any lipstick.
I love Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer SPF 15, Badger Baby Balm (avaliable from any good organic supermarket) and Eco Lips Coconut Lip Balm.
How to apply a good nude lip
1) Follow the below colour guide to nude lip sticks to pick.
2) ALWAYS condition the lips and prevent dryness before nude lipstick application. Good way is to apply a generous amount of recommanded lip balm onto the lips.
3) Leave for 1-2mins, and then using a BABY TOOTHBRUSH to slough away the dead skin cells. This will leave lip soft and flake free.
4) Use a touch of LIQUID foundation to go around the lipline. This will soften the lipline to make the nude lipstick consistant.
For those with thinner lips, pump up the lipline with a liner similar to your own lip colour.
5) Apply in the lipstick and viola.... beautiful nude lipss!
I have divided the skin tone and general lip tones accordingly, and obviously we know that each skin tone is a general guide and do not co-relate to a specific ethinicity (due to the recent years of sun WHORESHIPPING some genetically fairer skinned women have gone 6 times darker), hence me picking women from all ethic groups.
Fair tone skin
(from very fair skinned to medium light skinned Zhang Ziyi/Fann Wong to Jessica Biel/Rebecca Tan)
>Light coloured lips on fair tone skin
Shu Uemura's Rouge Unlimited in PK 323 (sheer cool pink)
Clinique's Lon Last lipstick in 03 Creamy Nude (light beige pink)
Urban Decay's Lipstick in Peroxide (washout pink shine)
Anna Sui's Lip Rouge Glossy in 700 (sheer true nude)
>Bluish tinge lips on fair tone skin
MAC's cremesheen lipstick in creme d' nude (clear nude)
Shu Uemura's Rouge Unlimited in 205 (neutral beige pink)
Clinique's Buttershine lipstick in 441 Adore you (sheer beige)
Paul and Joe lipstick N in 07 (neutral light beige)
>Reddish tinge lips on fair tone skin
Cle De Peau's lipstick in T4 (full coverage pale nude)
Clinique's High Impact Lipstick in 03 In A Nutshell (true nude)
Estee Lauder's Singature Lipstick in N24 Perfect Nude (neutral beige)
Chanel's Rouge Allure in 59 Nude (just plain nude)
Medium tone skin
(medium to medium dark/olive skintoned like siti nurhaliza, jessica alba, salma hayek and rihanna)
>Medium coloured lips on medium tone skin
Mac'S matte lipstick in honeylove (mid-neutral nude)
Shu Uemura's Rouge Unlimited in PK318M (matte neutral pink)
Paul and Joe's Lipstick N in 06 (warm nude)
Chanel's Rouge Coco in 03 Secret (mauve nude)
>Bluish tinge lips on medium tone skin
MAC's Satin lipstick in Peachstock (warm neutral)
Urban Decay's lipstick in Sellout (neutral rose)
Cle De Peau's Lipliner in 101 (Matte Tender Rose)
Paul and Joe's lipliner in 03 (neutral beige spice)
>Reddish tinge lips on medium tone skin
Cle De Peau's Extra Silky Lipstick in 121 (sheer wash of light beige)
Anna Sui's Lip Rouge Vivid in 760 (peachy nude)
Sephora's Maniac Mat Lipstick in 11 (neutral beige cream)
Dark tone skin
(Tanner caramel skin to deep sexy burgundy skin like South Indian Actress Sneha to Halle Berry/Tyra Banks to Michelle Obama/Gabourey Sidibe)
>Dark coloured lips on dark tone skin
Clinique's High impact lipstick in 02 Nude Beach (midtoned brown)
Cle De Peau's Extra Silky Lipstick in 122 (sheer wash of coral beige)
Sephora's Maniac Mat Lipstick in 17 (mauvy toned nude)
Urban Decay's 24/7 Lipliner in Envious (medium berry, works well for those with gorgoues pitch black skin)
>Bluish tinge lips on dark tone skin
MAC's Lip Pencil in Stripdown (neutral midtone beige)
Urban Decay's 24/7 Lipliner in Heavy (shimmering nude)
Estee Lauder's Doublewear Lippencil in Spice (neutral powdered nude)
Laneige's Snow Crystal Melting Glossy Lipstick in DY432 Skin Beige (moist taupe)
>Uneven tone lips on dark tone skin
MAC's Matte Lipstick in Taupe (warm taupe)
Cle De Peau's lipstick in T2 (toffee nude)
Estee Lauder's Doublewear Lipstick in 07 Stay Mocha (matte taupe cocoa)
EYEMAKEUP TO ACCOMPANY NUDE LIPS
For the oriental Asian faces, I will suggest to fill in the brows before doing such a nude lip. The brows will allow to frame the face better.
For the stronger asian faces, always cover up the undereye circles and even out the skin tone before doing the nude lip. Or the nude lip will bring focus to any uneven skin colouring and tired looking eyes.
Feel free to create a basic smokey eye makeup or intensify it with a sexy strong smokey eye.
Give abit of warmth to the face with a sweep of blusher or a wash of bronzer to bring the skin tone out.
Apr 25, 2011