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Nude spring

February 22, 2012

Designer Naeem Kahnn went for nude Nars lips with the Gold Digger gloss for his Spring 2012 show

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.

Nars gold digger gloss for spring: lots of fun especially with a summer tan

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).

Bobbi Brown goes lavender-pink, another way you can nude it up with more punch. These frosted lip glosses pair well with matte finish eye powders

Cargo's ColorSticks go on eyes, lips and cheeks, helping you add nude wherever you want it ($28)

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.

Go big or go home: gloss makes lips look even bigger (so if you have a significant pout, watch out)

Dior Addict Extreme lipstick for spring 2012 offers many nude shades, and some brights, too

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.

YSL Candy Face collection for spring 2012: frost on the eyes, not on the lips

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).

Dolce & Gabbana is embracing spring pastels: go with a frosty garden palette on the eyes and matte on lips

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.

Guerlain shows a great look for evening with the nude lip: Mad Men heavy on the eyes, light on lips

Go nuts and go nude this season!

All images courtesy of featured cosmetic giants. 

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jordana permalink
    February 22, 2012 11:37 pm

    Just as I was getting used to red lips…you bring me nude! Oh Johanne…how can I keep up?

    • February 24, 2012 9:41 am

      Well, I knew I had to do a whole how-to post to get you to go nude, Jordana, so there you go. I really did write this with you in mind. You look GREAT with a red lip but you need to branch out for spring!! :)


  2. February 23, 2012 8:58 am

    I love nude. Less obvious when I sip out of someone else’s wine glass. I loved this post. Want the Dior lipstick!

    • February 24, 2012 9:40 am

      Yes! haha- nude lips work really well for icognito wine thieving :).

      I love the nude look and I want to pick up some Dior colours too. They’re really fun!

  3. February 23, 2012 9:24 am

    I love the Nars gold digger gloss. I’m going to pick that up. I’ve been looking for a nude gloss that isn’t too pale.

    • February 24, 2012 9:38 am

      Great! It was tricky to find nudes online but I know they’re coming out in full force on the shelves this month and over the next ones coming. Happy to have helped with the search!

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