Gone are the days where drug store concealer and a brown lip liner was the answer to a nude lip. OK, I might still do this sometime if it’s a sheer concealer! You guys know how hard it was for me to embrace a coloured lip this summer (read all about it HERE), so going back to my trusty nudes is where I feel very comfortable. With an arsenal of neutral shades at our disposal, we can now hone that hue to flatter our skintone and hydrate our lips. But finding the right nude lipstick is no mean feat.
Along with my mousy hair colour and pale skintone, my natural lip shade is one of those features that just looks brighter and better with a little help. I’ve always had overly pink lips which may sound great but they’re less rose-bud and more bitten which stands out against my skin in all the wrong ways. So, it goes without saying that a nude lipstick is my number one beauty weakness to lift my complexion and finish my look.
But I have some strict ‘rules’ when it comes to finding The One. It has to be creamy, hydrating and, above all, be strong enough to show that I actually have lips (!) yet muted enough to be worthy of the term ‘nude’. After A LOT of trial and error over the years, I’ve whittled down my top 3
nude lipsticks so far. Let’s get into it…
LIPSTICK QUEEN FAMOUS LAST WORDS IN SO LONG, £22
If you aren’t familiar with this brand yet, I’m so jealous. Because there’s nothing like discovering an amazing new brand for the first time and this one is something special. Although technically a gloss, the Famous Last Words formula is rich, highly pigmented and dries matte like a lipstick. There’s also a hint of plumping that goes on after a couple of seconds and it lasts all day (I’m talking after a salad, 2 cups of tea and 2 bottles of water!).
And if you wanted a fool-proof nude lipstick that you can confidentially buy online, Lipstick Queen have just launched a Nothing But Nudes collection – check it out HERE.
BOURJOIS ROUGE EDITION VELVET IN DON’T PINK OF IT, £8.99
What I love about this Bourjois nude lipstick is that you don’t have to fully commit. By controlling the colour on your finger you can build it up to make it as sheer or intense as you like. I put a little on for the day and keep adding to it for an evening look as it can go quite dark. With more brown undertones than pink it can give a really luxe finish. It feels silky smooth on application with a gel-like consistency but dries with just a hint of gloss.
NARS AUDACIOUS LIPSTICK IN JULIE, £25
When it comes to a huge shade collection, Nars are just the best. As a brand, they understand that there’s no one size fits all, there might not even be two shades that fit all. With so many different undertones to our skin, choosing the right colour isn’t just about a pink or a dark pink, it comes down to the tints and pigments within that formula that truly make it the right fit. With a slightly more 90’s brown tinge, it goes on lighter and gives lips a beautiful light sheen. The Audacious lipstick may not be particularly long lasting but I can guarantee that it’ll suit your colouring to a tee.