Nude. Natural. Skin tone. Flesh. These terms refer to a lovely shade of lipstick that emerged a few seasons ago as the “it” shade for lips (circa 2011). Shades come and shades go. Vintage is refurbished and mod is now chic. Today, however, it seems like more and more pouts are being doused with a heavy splash of red. Especially, bombshell brunettes and Platinum blondes. But wait a minute! You can still be in touch and in style with a refreshing flesh tone (or nude as it is most commonly called). Natural is still a hit for many.
Red is sexy and sassy. It screams power and says, “I am a confident woman”. Red can also be harsh at times and if worn incorrectly can age an other wise youthful face. If nothing else red is eye catching and attention grabbing and let’s face it, it’s in. Nude, on the other hand, is a uber chic alternative and can turn just as many heads if worn correctly.
Take a quick look at how to be on trend with natural colored lip:
- Pick the right “nude” - Natural shades really come in many colors. At first glance they each just appear to be the absence of color, but upon further investigation one will glean that some flesh tone shades have more pink, others are more beige, and still others are even more muted leaning toward a gray or silver tone. With this in mind, be cognizant of your own skin tone. For example, red heads with pale skin will more than likely fair better with a nude or natural shade that has more pink in it. Very dark skin (like super model Alek Wek) can pull off the pink under tone as well, but may look even fresher with a nude shade that is warmer and has more brown in it. Be sure to try on several colors and don’t be afraid to experiment with colors you may not be used to wearing. You may be surprised at what may look great on you.
- Matte vs. Gloss – The mind may drift back to the gaunt face, mod styled, model with spiky hair and futuristic digs with white washed make up and pale, matte, dare I say it, nude lips. This image may be artsy but not practical for every day. Many lovers of the natural or nude look make the mistake of choosing a shade that is way too matte or dry looking, almost as if their lips are parched and they are thirsty for water or as if they have been eating powdered doughnuts (yummy but not sexy). Today’s natural lips are moist and supple, yes even juicy. The idea is to achieve an illusion of “no makeup”, a baby soft texture that is kissable, like the lips you wish you had when you woke up in the morning. The queen of the nude lip is none other than Kim K herself. Her life decisions may be sketchy, but she has found the way to merge “natural” lips with sexy lips. Her lips are not too glossy and wet looking and they are not too dry and matte. Another note of interest, really dark skin looks much better in nude with a little gloss to it, matte often comes off looking ashy.
- Brands that nail the nude – The myriad of cosmetic companies out there makes starting the search for the best nude shade very daunting. Here are a few tips to narrow the search: Este Lauder is an example of a tried and true cosmetic company with many different offerings, but despite its best efforts to modernize the line, it remains pretty traditional and does not always step up to the plate on what is on trend. They do not offer a true nude shade. All the shades they presented at a recent demonstration had way too much color to really be considered nude, just FYI. The Queen of cosmetics, MAC, however is on the opposite end of the spectrum. They stay on trend so much so that you may get lost in the bevy of options. This can be fun. Take time to stop by a MAC counter and try on all they have to offer. Consultants are always willing to let you try on as much as you want to find what you like. Another alternative is Mary Kay. Mary Kay is not always renowned as being top of the line cosmetics, often because many of us have a bad taste left in our mouths from that one friend who sells it and wants to have a Mary Kay party every other month. Well, Pink Cadillac aside, Mary Kay really does have a nice gloss offering called Nourishine. Two “natural” colors, Pink Parfait and Au Naturale pretty much nail the nude. These two colors look great on a multitude of skin tones, they have a little gloss but not too much and they are priced moderately at $10.00 – $15.00.
Cindy Lauper said, “girls just wanna have fun”, so no matter the shade or the tone go have fun and warm up this fall with a new take on an 80’s favorite, NUDE!
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