You know those words or phrases that get put on repeat and basically get used to describe EVERYTHING?
Like ‘beachy waves’ for instance. Search beachy waves on Pinterest and you’ll be faced with pretty much every curl/wave/perm/crimp known to man.
It means so many things that it ends up kind of not meaning much of anything at all.
That’s kind of what has happened with the phrase “Nude Lip” it seems like it’s used to pretty much describe any lip that isn’t fuchsia or red.
I thought I’d break down and re-name a few different ‘nude lip’ options so we can all figure out what we want and then, how to achieve it!
OK so let’s start with the Blank Slate Nude.
This one is taking the word Nude to mean skin color. For this look I just used MAC Creme D’Nude and nothing else.
Honestly, it can be pretty dang difficult to pull this baby off. I can’t on my best day without just looking like my lips have completely disappeared. Although, If you have lips that pucker out like crazy similar to Bella’s (our model)it can look really cool and kind of edgy.
Next would be The flushed Nude.
This is taking the word nude to mean bare lips. So a natural looking lip color. Although lips vary widely in color some gals have deep berry naked lips and other have completely colorless ones – like me. I consider this look to be a middle ground soft pinkish neutral.
If your lips have a lot of natural color to them you can just put a soft pink/nude/peach gloss over the top and you’re already there. But for those of us who do not I have an awesome trick up my sleeve (I learned from the VS backstage) to get that look.
Start with a deep pink gloss (I prefer one with a little plumper in it as well like Buxom Juicy Watermelon)
Next I dab off all of the excess gloss with tissue paper and apply a nice coat of cream colored or nude gloss (MAC Underage)or sheer lip color over top.
The final Nudy is my tried and true favorite. Because contouring. This one is more like the neutral nude but with a touch of color and most importantly some shade and light to give it some shape and make your lips stay on your face!
Start with the holy grail of contouring lip pencils. OCC Cosmetics Sebastian. Line the lips on the very outer edge of the lip line.
Next take a nude lip color and a lip brush and a nude lip color (Mac Japanese Maple to fill the lips and blend in the line (make sure there’s no harsh line and use the brush to soften it)
Which nude is your favorite!?