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On the hunt for the perfect nude lip color

On the hunt for the perfect nude lip color

On the hunt for the perfect nude lip color

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At any given time “you’re either looking for a job, a boyfriend or an apartment”. I’m not one to ever disagree with Carrie Bradshaw’s infinite wisdom, but I would argue that the perfect nude lip color belongs on that list. Finding the right nude shade is harder than it sounds – too dark and you look like you’re heading to a 90’s themed party, too light and you look like you need to go to the emergency room. Once you find a nude lip color that’s just right though, it enhances your natural lip tint and becomes essential for achieving an effortless makeup look.

The tricky thing about nude lip products is that the shade inherently depends on the natural color of your lips, so what might work for you may not work for someone with a different skin tone. Which is why when putting this list together, I decided to invest in a little R&D by testing out the products on friends with different skin tones ranging from fair to dark. What I found to be the key to a universally flattering nude lip color was a build-able formula that wasn’t too opaque. So here’s a vetted list of products that delivered an effortless, beautifully natural, barely-there flush of color on everyone I tried it on.

Sheer

Nars – Isola Bella

Dresses up lips in a subtle peach/beige pigment

Laura Mercier – Brown Sugar

Provides a sheer beige/champagne tint while hydrating dry lips

Tom Ford – Nubile 07

Delivers a veil of lustrous high-shine rosey color

On the hunt for the perfect nude lip color

Velvet

Laura Mercier – Spiced Rose

A creamy rich formula in a rose/beige hue

Laura Mercier – Crushed Pecan

A creamy rich formula in a nude/brown hue

On the hunt for the perfect nude lip color

Matte

Pat Macgrath – Flesh 1

A nude/beige matte formula that isn’t aggressively opaque, perfect for subtly overlining to cheat fuller lips

Pat Macgrath – Flesh 2

A nude/mauve matte formula that isn’t aggressively opaque, perfect for layering underneath a complimentary gloss for a rich velvety flush of color

On the hunt for the perfect nude lip color

Gloss

Kevin Aucoin – Vesuvian

A nourishing peachy gloss, perfect on its own or layered on top of the Laura Mercier Crushed Pecan lipstick

Laura Mercier – Bare Beige

A high-shine pigmented lip gloss in a neutral light brown shade the creates the appearance of fuller lips

On the hunt for the perfect nude lip color

So good it needs its own category

Surge Lutens – Compliment Beige

My secret weapon. Part lip balm, part lip stick. The peach/beige natural hue, precision applicator and cushiony formula makes it easy to create a perfectly defined lip contour that somehow looks like your natural lips but better.

On the hunt for the perfect nude lip color

SHOP THE POST

Nars Isola Bella

Laura Mercier Brown Sugar

Tom Ford Nubile 07

Laura Mercier Spiced Rose

Laura Mercier Crushed Pecan

Pat McGrath Flesh 1 & Flesh 2

Kevyn Aucoin Vesuvian

Laura Mercier Bare Beige

Surge Lutens Compliment Beige

 

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