It began by dominating the catwalks around the world, then was adored and embraced by a wave of celebrities, and now whether you want to be subtle or make a statement the nude lip continues to be on trend as a lipstick shade staple. Follow our dos and don’ts for rocking nude lips below.
Dos and don’ts
DO choose a nude lipstick that is within two shades of your natural lip colour. Otherwise, it just isn’t nude.
DO make sure to exfoliate your lips.
DO use a lip balm or moisturising primer before applying lipstick. Nude lipsticks tend to be chalkier so this will allow for smoother application.
DO add a dab of gloss after applying nude lipstick for some extra oomph.
DO play up your eyes with a smoky, metallic shadow or defined brows
DO apply a blush to the apples of your cheeks to keep your face looking vibrant.
DON’T choose a colour that is lighter than your natural shade. This will make you appear washed out and sickly.
DON’T use a frosted lipstick. Anything with a frosty finish will make your lips appear small and thin.
DON’T apply foundation to your lips before or after applying a nude lipstick. Going matte with nude lipstick may work on the runways but for day-to-day wear it can make lips appear dry.
DON’T use lip liner unless it is exactly the same shade as your lipstick.
DON’T forget to brush your teeth! A pale lip colour can make teeth appear yellowish.
L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Nutri Shine in Pink Nude RRP $21.99
Lip colours enriched with Royal Jelly and Shea Butter. New LʹOréal Paris Color Riche Nutri Shine lip colour shines like a gloss and nourishes like a balm while giving you the beautiful colour of a lipstick. Ideal for those who want to protect their lips while still achieving a gorgeous colour and shine.
Karen Murrell Lipstick in Sand Storm RRP $29.95
Inspired by the rugged natural beauty of Highway 1 USA, Karen Murrell Lipstick in Sand Storm is a subtle sandy brown shade perfect for pairing with strong eye makeup for a bold and sultry look or just a simple all-around “I’m naturally this good looking” understated look.
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Nylon Nude RRP $45.00
This ultra-creamy formula is packed with shea butter and a unique moisture complex to provide instant, long-term moisturisation while saturating lips with luxurious colour. With its super-comfortable wear and lustrous finish, you’ll be ready to rock your own iconic look.