The nude lip made multiple appearances on the recent spring runways – seen at shows including Rodarte, Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang. Nude is a classic lip look that I gravitate to all year round. While the spring runways showed a nude lip incorporated into an overall minimal or sporty “no-makeup” look, the best way to wear it right now is paired with a strong eye. A warm espresso-tone smoky eye balances a nude lip nicely through fall.
Here are five great nudes currently on rotation in my makeup bag.
MAC Lipstick in Crème d’ Nude
It’s hard to go wrong with a MAC lipstick. The brand makes several gorgeous nudes but my current favorite is Crème d’ Nude, a pale muted peach beige in smooth Cremesheen finish. This light nude is on the opaque side and can easily be layered over a deeper colour. $18, maccosmetics.com.
Essence Lipstick in In the Nude
Essence is an incredibly affordable line of makeup made by Germany-based Cosnova. I first discovered this fun collection in Italy a few years ago and was excited to see it enter Canada earlier this year. In the Nude is my go-to nude lipstick. Its creamy formula and soft, warm tone make it an easy nude to wear everyday. $2.99, available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix.
Joe Fresh Cream Lipstick in Bare
Joe Fresh is always on the mark with of-the-moment colours at affordable price points. Bare is a pretty pink-toned nude with a smooth, velvety finish and a slight shine. $6, joefresh.com for locations.
Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter in Crème Brule
Revlon’s collection of lightweight, moisture-rich Lip Butters contains hydrating ingredients such as mango, shea and coconut butter. Crème Brule is a sheer buttery nude with a hint of shimmer. Wear it alone or layer it over a matte colour for a glowing touch of sheen. revlon.ca
Joe Fresh Lipgloss in Chai
I loved the warm beige Chai shade as a cream lipstick and the gloss version is quickly becoming a favorite as well. It’s a gorgeously wearable neutral. $8, joefresh.com for locations.
Tips for Going Nude
- Start Smooth – Nude lipstick will amplify dry flakey skin so be sure to exfoliate your lips regularly with a gentle scrub.
- Get Experimental – Although I’m pale with pink undertones, I like warm beige nudes best. Don’t be afraid to break standard complexion rules – try different nudes to find the shade you love.
- Layer Up – Layer a nude lipstick over a rosy tint for a look that’s slightly less dramatic. To avoid appearing washed out, I often prep my naturally pale lips with Joe Fresh Lip Tint in Berry ($6) before applying my favorite nudes.
- Gloss Over – If you’re hesitant to try a nude lip, wade in with a creamy beige gloss. The moisturizing properties and shiny finish delivered by a gloss formula is a wearable way to test the trend.
What’s your favourite nude lipstick?