As Dee mentioned yesterday, 2014 has been the year of getting to grips with a nude lip and it's probably all thanks to one Miss Jenner. I never thought I would be heralding anything a member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan did but, I'm more than happy to give credit where it's due in this case as I have thoroughly been enjoying playing with liner/lipstick combos over the last few months and I thought I would share my three favourites.
I have quite an uneven lip shape so, I'm happy that it is now acceptable to overline your lips! I'm not at pro at it by any means - I find it very hard to get both sides even, but I enjoy being able to create the illusion of a fuller, more balanced pout. If you also need to/like to overline, two of my tips would be to always use a sharpened pencil and to keep it matte as any kind of gloss or shine at the lip line will catch the light and show up where your natural lip ends and the overdrawn extension begins.
My first favourite nude lip combo is allegedly one of those favoured by Kylie herself; MAC Lip Liner in Soar with MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy. Velvet Teddy by itself is a very hard-to-wear tan-brown shade but, when paired with the mauve-pink Soar, you get an amazing 90s style lip with a perfect gradient.
A pairing I have spoken about before is, again, MAC Soar with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte in Nude-ist. There is less of a stark contrast between these two shades but, the result is still a lovely rose-mauve lip that is very easy to wear and maintain.
Finally, and perhaps the most nude of the lot, is MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Nice n'Spicy alongside Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nude Kate. The lipstick was a Christmas surprise from my sister and, knowing that Dee loves it, I was thrilled to receive it as it is that perfect beige nude with just enough pink to prevent you from looking like a corpse. Honestly, if you have been on the fence about getting on the Tilbury bandwagon, I would encourage you to hop aboard with this lipstick as your first purchase! A word on the lip pencil, however. I adore this formula - it really is as longwearing as they say but, it is also extremely soft and creamy and you spend more time sharpening it than you do actually applying it which means it's wears down at twice the rate of a normal liner but, costs more. Not cool, MAC.