Spring’s fresh looks are kind of like the Roots spring 2012 collection: neutrals or corals.
Today we feature a few of our favourite nudes for lips, which are perfect for the pastels we’re seeing on eyelids this season.
When it comes to the nude hue, gals tend to fall in either the early adopters of nude lipstick, or find themselves wondering:
1. What the point is
2. Whether it suits me
3. How the france do I wear nude lips?
Today we’re answering all that and offering some easy ways to go nude and wear those fun frosty eye shadows, too.
Let us begin.
Question #1: What is the point of nude lips?
Answer: Nude lips are sexy! Not like, I didn’t put on lipstick today, but rather- there’s a hue there, it’s subtle and soft.
The nude lip look is natural, dewy and gently outlines the mouth while lending itself to emphasizing other aspects of the face- the eyes, cheek bones, etc. See how nice a nude lip can be (top)? I know you think it’s not really nude- but there you have it, the colour doesn’t have to be a spot-on match to your skin tone.
If you’re hesitating about going all-out beige, try something with a pink shade just off your own natural lip colour, either in the pink, peach or coral direction. We like Bobbi Brown’s lavender lip gloss collection for spring 2012: not a lot of colour and very pretty (below).
Question #2: Do nude lips suit me?
Answer: Yes. Nude lips suit everyone. I know you think that if you have thin lips, you’ll risk ‘erasing’ or minimizing what you’ve got by going nude. There is no such thing.
In fact, wearing gloss accentuates the lips, so you’re better off shining up that pucker than attempting to paint around it to illusion-enlarge the area. Nude gloss delivers the mirage of luscious size by reflecting light and highlighting every curve.
Question #3: How do I wear nude lips?
Answer: It’s actually really easy! Nude lips are all about the beauty of a natural and even skin tone, where the face’s accents are on the eyes and lips. Because nude lips don’t compete for colour on your face, nude lips allow you to play with this spring’s pastels colours for the eyes and choose fun, frosty eye shadows in mossy green, cloudy blue and warm lavender.
The best way to do nude lips for day makeup is to add some emphasis on the eyes with this spring’s pastel hue eyeliner or light dusting of a gun metal finished with black mascara. Contour the cheekbones with light bronzer and you’re done. We see this nicely exemplified as the freshest of the season’s looks with Bobbi Brown’s advertisement (above the Dior lipsticks). Here, the cheeks are done in peach, lips are barely pink, and the eyes are tone on tone in a light cream top liner.
The Frost Rule
The nude lip (matte or gloss) works very well with frost either on the lips or on the eyes. If you’re worried about where to put the shine and where to put the frost, try this rule: one goes on the eyes, the other goes on the lips. That means: frost on lips, matte on the eyes OR frost on eyes, matte on lips. There’s no other way we can express this.
By ‘frost’ we mean colour with metallic finish, such as pearlized shadows and metallic sparkly liners, lipsticks and lipglosses. Matte means no metallic/pearlized finish, and includes gloss that has no frost, no glitter.
For those who struggle with cosmetic how-tos, we confess that we really like the frost here, matte there rule because it’s fool-proof and looks great in either configuration.
Dab some nude matte colour gloss on the lips and go frosty with your peepers such as the YSL Candy Face advertisement (above).
Dolce & Gabbana also gets it just right in their spring 2012 Bouquet colour collection (below).
For evening, we like to go a little heavier on the eyes with a proper smokey eye, stronger definition of the cheekbones with a rouge and a lot of gloss on a beige lip.
Go nuts and go nude this season!
All images courtesy of featured cosmetic giants.