In the wake of the classic red lip craze, you may crave a subtler statement of femininity. A beautifully nude, matte lip can be stunning when done correctly. Use it as a foil for a smoky eye at night or a sheer, glowing face for day. The best thing about the nude, matte lip is that it looks just as pretty with floaty spring florals as it does with earth-toned fall tweeds. So choose your hue and conquer the crimson-lipped competition with the ultimate understatement.
1.Choose the right shade. While nude, matte lips can be incredibly chic, choosing the wrong shade can take you from wow to washed-out in an instant. Experiment with different tones and shades until you find the one that makes your entire face look complete. For fair girls this will probably be a shade with a hint of rose or pink; warm-toned girls should stick with a caramel or tea color no more than two shades lighter than your real lips. Dark-skinned girls can try a mocha or chocolate with just a hint of rose or red.
2.Prepare your lips. Nothing ruins this look faster than applying a matte lipstick onto dry or flaky lips. If your lips are really dry, use a lip scrub to even the playing field. Gently work a pea-sized amount in small circles on your lips, let it sit a moment and wipe off with a warm, wet cloth. Follow with a balm or salve. Even if your lips are in good condition, you’ll still want to apply a creamy balm or salve to lips so they will take the lip color evenly. Let sit for a moment and then blot the excess balm onto the back of your hand or a tissue.
3.Apply color. Now that your lips are smooth and supple, apply your lipstick straight from the tube or with a lip brush for a more precise line. Try not to use more than two coats, as this can create a chalky effect. If you end up with too much lipstick, simply swipe your lips with your middle finger or blot them on a single-ply sheet of tissue.
Things You’ll Need
1.Nude lipstick in your favorite shade
3.Creamy lip balm or salve
4.Lip brush (optional)
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