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March 01, 2012

What's in a nude...

Now, now, calm yourselves. There will be no nudie pics on this website! 

No, this post is going to be all about what does or doesn't constitute a "nude lip" in my mind. That term or the similar "neutral lip" is bandied around quite a bit in the beauty blogosphere and by YouTube beauty gurus yet, what does it actually mean?

To me, a nude or neutral lip falls into the "my lips but better" colour spectrum. It's a fresh, alive shade that mirrors the general tone of a person's lips but, improves upon it. To me, a nude or neutral lip is not concealer-toned or the colour of skin.


"My lips but, better"(L-R): YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre Rose Boréale, MAC Lustering and Avon Colourdisiac Rose Addiction

Now, obviously, make-up is entirely subjective and personal preference far outweighs general opinion. However, ever since I was in school and my friends were smearing their Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish cream foundation across their lips, I have wondered why anyone would want to intentionally look like a corpse.

"Corpse-like" (L-R): MAC Myth, MAC Honeylove, MAC Blankety

I'm not saying that everyone should wear neon pink lips but, if you're going for the natural, subtle look, why not look alive while doing so? I recently found my own "My Lips But, Better" shade in MAC Lustering and when I apply it I instantly feel lifted and like I look more awake and alert. Conversely, if I apply one of the above corpse-like shades without topping it with a lipgloss (as I would have in the past when I wore lipgloss), I look drained and downright ill.

MAC Lustering

It's an interesting one without a doubt. People go to such great lengths with make-up to make themselves look "better" or "more perfect" or "youthful" and then, in my mind, they undo all the good, all the improvements by sporting a camouflaged lip. I'd be interested to hear what any of you think.

 Are you like me and opt for a rosy glow to lips or do you prefer to use a Myth-esque shade for any particular reason? To the comments!




13 comments:

  1. I use a pink lipstick as my 'nude' lip too. My only actual nude shade is blankety and always wear it with a lipgloss. I look plenty tired on my own without any added 'help' from lipstick.

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    1. Blankety would be my fave of the three above but still, never alone! Haha you and me both x

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  2. Mac Myth is like my favourite lipstick ever it's so flattering
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    1. Yeah, I know a lot of people love it just not for me! x

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  3. Great post Sinead, I'm baffled by the concealer lips phenomenon too. My lips are naturally quite pigmented though, so skin-coloured lips just looks wrong on me. My MLBB shade is Benefit Silky Finish lipstick in Rocket Pop, described as cinnamon-rose: http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/medias/sys_master/8796522741790.jpg

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    1. Thanks Kat, I don't get it at all! Never have! That shade looks lovely!

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  4. Cannot bear real nude shades AT ALL. The closest thing I have to a nude nude is YSL Rouge Volupte No.2 and even then I pat it on. Love Lustering!

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    1. Agreed...do the same with YSL Rouge Pur No 148! Thanks, it's a gem! x

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  5. I have a friend who does the nude lip thing with a mousse foundation mixed with vaseline! She has quite narrow lips and I think the Vaseline makes it look less harsh, but I tried it once and looked RIDICULOUS.
    I have recently rediscovered a gorgeous creme finish nude lipstick among my lipstick stash but the label is all worn away and I can't figure out what make it is! Going maaaaaaaaad.
    Great post!:) xx

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  6. I've never really 'gotten' the nude 'skin' lip. On the runway etc it can look amazing; but on us mortals I'd be inclined to agree with you. I think the nudest lipstick in my collection is Hue by MAC. But it's still got a nice pink undertone to give a bit of lift. Why someone would want to look like they have no lips, but merely blend from the nose down is beyond me! Ha! :)

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  8. My favourite "my lips but better" lipstick has to be Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, makes my lips feel gorgeous and conditioned too

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    1. I've been meaning to check our Boy for ages now! So many people rave about it!

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