Bold lips are a fabulous look, but they're not always versatile. Super shimmery glosses and va-va-voom red hues are best saved for evening wear, which can put a damper on your daytime fun. What's a girl to do for a sultry look that's both office appropriate and red carpet worthy? Nude lips, of course! Nude lipsticks are all the rage, and have been worn by the likes of Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian and Hayden Panettiere, just to name a few. They bring your lip color closer to your skin color, allowing your eyes and cheeks to shine even brighter. It's a simple, flirty effect that's a definite must-try! Read on to discover how to make nude lipstick work for you based on your skin color.
If you have pretty porcelain skin, it's important to choose a nude lipstick with just a hint of color, otherwise you risk looking like a ghost. Choose lipsticks that have a nude-colored base with hints of pink or peach for the best effect. Try the NARS Barbarella shade, which is a lovely sheer peach color, or the Cruising shade, which will give your lips a soft, light pink glow. As for the rest of your face, you can play up the effect of your nude lips with dark eyeliner and pink or coral toned blush. Boost your overall look by painting your nails a glossy shade of taupe.
Whether you're rocking a summer tan or were blessed with a dark olive complexion, you'll want to make sure your nude lipstick incorporates a bit of darker color. If you go too light, your lips will contrast too much from your skin, which isn't the effect you want to achieve. Stick with lipsticks with a slight dark pink or mauve tone. The Tender Me Mauve Colour Riche Lip Balm from L'Oreal Paris is a perfect choice, and since it's more sheer than traditional lipsticks, it's perfect for creating a nude look. Another fabulous choice is the Nude Glow shade from the Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Line. Primp the rest of your face by opting for coral-toned blush and a colorful eye shadow that complements your irises. If you want to incorporate nude colors into your outfit, try sporting a pair of nude patent leather pumps! They're all the rage this season.
If you want to pair nude lips with your darker complexion, be sure to choose a shade that incorporates a little caramel color. It's best to aim for a shade that's a little darker than traditional nude colors, such as the Sweet Honey shade from Rouge Volupte Lipsticks by Yves Saint Laurent. If you want the lipstick to better match your skin color, you can always blend a little bit of foundation with the lipstick for a more uniform look. Bronze-colored blushes and golden eye shadows will complete your nude makeup ensemble. Try accessorizing with funky nude accessories, like a bone-colored bangle bracelet or a wide tan belt.