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4 Tips to Rock a Nude Lip

Bringing back an oldie from the archives. Are you a little confused about my POV for this blog? If so, I’m so sorry. I know this post isn’t about furniture, home decor, or crafts but you see I was a make up artist for years so it’s just in my blood! You will see lots of makeup posts from me here even though it’s not a beauty blog 🙂 That’s okay, right? Enjoy!

I know summer is right around the corner and bright lips are in! For sure! But sometimes when you aren’t feeling the bright lip, a nude lip is the way to go! The great thing about this lip is that it looks good on just about anyone. You just have to choose what shades look best for your skin tone. There are 4 easy steps to achieve this sexy pouty look: Prep, Outline, Color, and Gloss.

image via thrilld.com

01. Prep:
It’s important to make sure the lip is fully hydrated and exfoliated when wearing a nude lip. It will show any imperfections the lip may have. To do this, apply a generous amount of lip balm and let it soak in for a few minutes. Then blot off the excess. Now you are ready for concealer. Using your finger, apply a concealer that is the same tone as your skin. Cover the lips completely. Finally, set the lips by lightly dusting them with powder.

02. Outline and fill in the lip:
Define the lip with a lip pencil THAT IS THE SAME COLOR AS YOUR LIP. This is important because you don’t want to have that “washed out” look. Trace the outline of your lips and fill in with a thick line towards the center of the lips. That’s when the thick lip pencils come in handy!

03. Color:
When choosing a lipstick, pick a color that has peachy undertones. Stay away from the really pale colors. You want the lips to look as natural as possible. I recommend only using a matte lipstick for this look. If you are like me, I always want to my lips to be covered in gloss. In the next step, the gloss will give you the healthy shine you are wanting. But for the lipstick itself, stay with a matte.

The key to this look is finding the right nude shade of color for your skin tone. If you have fair skin, stick with a peachy-beige colors. For medium tones, stay with the peachy pinks. If you have dark skin, go for the honey or caramel colors.

04. Gloss:
Choose a gloss that is either clear or neutral. Since you used a matte lipstick, it’s okay to choose a gloss that has just a hint of shimmer to it. But don’t go overboard. ONLY APPLY GLOSS TO THE CENTER OF THE LIPS. This will give the illusion that your lips are fuller.

So when can you rock this nude lip? I think a nude lip really compliments a smokey dramatic eye. I also think it’s great for summer days running around with your friends and family. 

I know some people get overwhelmed when visiting the make up counters so I put together a list of colors that would work for each skin tone. You might notice that I’m slightly bias towards MAC products. I think, in the lip color area, they have the best selection. That is just my own opinion. I know other lines offer beautiful options as well.

For Fair Skin: 
Lip Liners: Sublime Culture, Subculture Liner, or Whirl
Lipsticks: Creme D’ Nude, Myth, Honey Love, or Siss
Lip Gloss: Love Nectar, Underage, or C-Thru

For Medium Skin
Lip Liners: Whirl or Stripdown
Lipsticks: AngelVelvet Teddy or High Tea
Lip Gloss: Love Nectar or Florabundance

For Darker Skin: 
Lip Liners: Cork or Oak 
Lipsticks: Honey Flower or Fresh Brew
Lip Gloss: Sinnamon or Chai

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4 Responses to 4 Tips to Rock a Nude Lip

  1. Great post. I have a hard time getting the nude lip to work. See, I have big lips and they are very red sometimes, so when I apply my nude lipstick, for some reason it looks a bit purple on my lips. I think my problem is maybe that I never use concealer on my lips. I'll have to give that a try. Found you at Maybe I will. Pinning for future reference!

  2. Thanks for the tips! I would have never thought to do balm and then concealer. As you pointed out, nude lips show any lip imperfections. I have struggled with dryness showing through even after using a moisturizing lip scrub and adding gloss on top of my lipstick. I will be trying this method out for sure!

    I found you through the BeYoutiful link up party.


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