19 February, 2016 Nude Lips: My Liner, Lipstick + Gloss Recommendations
Following on from my Mauve Lipsticks roundup, I want to chat with you a little about nude lips.
The term ‘nude’ is often misconstrued, with a lot of people interpreting it to mean pale, beige and kind of lifeless. To me, a classic nude lip look is all about enhancing and perfecting your natural lip colour, by choosing tones that flatter your complexion and immediately inject some colour into your face. With my slightly yellow-toned complexion, beiges and creams just look awful on me, and my lips are quite pink – meaning I need a colour with a lot of pigment and opacity. When I want to rock nude lips, I choose the following pinky-brown shades – they’re all gorgeous alone, but when worn together, create the most gorgeous and glossy lip look. I hope you enjoy my take on nude lips!
GOSH Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Nougat Crisp (£4.99): this stunning tawny pink liner is creamy, blendable, and the perfect tone for creating a full and even outline. I typically line just outside my natural lip contours, and fill in with lighter and lighter precision the further I go into the centre. GOSH is a fantastic brand that often gets overlooked, so I strongly recommend you check out their gorgeous range (particularly their primers) the next time you’re in a Superdrug!
Bobbi Brown Blondie Pink Lip Colour (£20): I’ve been raving non-stop about this lipstick for years- it’s my HG lippie for sure. The texture is creamy, comforting and emollient, the pigmentation is bang on and provides full coverage on my lips, and the colour is a stunning pale mauve-brown with hints of cool pink. I don’t own much from Bobbi Brown, but from the three or four lipsticks I’ve tried, I’m really impressed.
NARS Chelsea Girls Lip Gloss (£19): when I worked near Liverpool Street Station, I made it my mission to pop into the Space NK next door to see if they’d had a delivery of this limited edition shade. Finally, after seven weeks (!) of nagging, two tubes arrived in-store. Naturally, I bought them both – always good to have a backup! This gloss is creamy, COMPLETELY non-sticky, and a pleasure to apply. The packaging is uber-chic and the applicator is the perfect size. In terms of colour, it’s the best milky pink-peach I own, and subtly enhances a myriad makeup looks. You need this colour in your life!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (£38): last up is a slightly odd product to include in a post on nude lips, but I’m mentioning it for good reason. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are the best bases for lipsticks that aren’t a matte formula, so you can extend the longevity and keep the shine firmly planted on your smackers. I dust a light layer onto clean, bare lips before applying liner, and then add a dab over lipstick and before gloss, to ensure the gloss retains its ultimate stickiness. Sounds strange, but trust me – you’ll thank me once you try it out! For more ways to use this beautiful light-reflecting powder, check out my Base Favourites for Spring 2016 blog post.
Looking for more lipstick goodness? Here are some more for you to peruse: Top Six: Red Lipsticks, Top Six: MAC Lipsticks, Top Six: Spring and Summer Lipsticks and A New Obsession: Long-Lasting Lipsticks.
Let me know your thoughts on my picks for beautiful nude lips – and share your recommendations below!
Happy Friday you gorgeous bunch!