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As fun as bright reds and pinks can be, let those colors rest. A nice winter touch is a nude lip. Though many women fear the absence of color, a perfect nude allows for dramatic eyes, smoky or vibrant, to pop by bringing more attention to the eyes rather than a bright lip.

The first step is finding a shade that is right for your complexion. You’d want to know your skin’s undertone. You can determine it by looking at the veins on your wrist. If it appears green, you’re warm toned. A blue shade would indicate that you’re cool toned. Bluish-green would mean you’re neutral. Another way to determine undertone is by seeing if you look better in gold jewelry (warm toned), silver (cool toned), or both (neutral). An easy method is to look at your wardrobe. Do you look better in warm colors (warm toned) or cool colors (cool toned)?

Now that you know what your undertone is, find a nude lipstick that matches it. Like every other color family, there are different shades of nude. Most have peach, orange, pink, or beige undertones. Warm toned women would want to steer toward those with peach, orange, or a warm pink while cool toned girls would rather use a cool pink or beige. Be careful – some nudes contain a whiter pigment than others; these will make your lips look chalky over time.

Next, you want to pay attention to the lipstick’s consistency. You want to pick one that feels comfortable and hydrating and doesn’t settle into the cracks of your lips. Lipstick should be smooth and soft, especially for a light color such as nude. A shine is also helpful with nude lips. This can be achieved with a nude gloss or by the lipstick itself. It doesn’t need to be very glossy if you prefer otherwise, but a slight shine would prevent you from looking dead. No one wants that, especially during a zombie apocalypse.

The best tip for rocking nude is to exfoliate your lips before applying color. You want to make sure that your lips are as smooth as can be because nude lipsticks tend to be more drying than other pigments. Cracks will only be emphasized if not taken care of. You can buy a lip exfoliator, a cheap and effective one being from E.L.F., or mix together a bit of petroleum jelly and a teaspoon each of honey and sugar. Then prime the lips with a nice lip balm. Eureka! A perfect nude lip for the chilly season.

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