Hello. I'm Becky, and I have a pinky-nude lipstick problem.
I'm not ashamed.
When you're sporting a bit of a bronze/fake tan/real tan in the summer months, however (I go from approximately MAC NC20 to NC40 in the summer, even with SPF - it's the genes) those winter MAC Myth/Creme D'Nudes can start to look a bit.. well.. weird. As ever, if you're into extreme concealer lips, go for your life, but it's not a look that I can pull off at all. I just look like the 60s threw up on me, and not in a good way.
So here is my little edit of my fave nudes for when you're a little more tanned, or if you're lucky enough to have a medium complexion all year round!
Illamasqua StarkersIllamasqua Starkers is my number one favourite nude lip when I've got my bronze on. I am an Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick addict, as it happens (more on that later) and this is no exception. Illamasqua describe this as a "soft flesh pink" - I think it's got a little more of a brown base to it, personally, and is incredibly comfortable to wear. it's a satin finish, so is extremely wearable, and just goes with everything. Even when I'm a little paler, this is still a flattering, rosy take on the whole 90's brown-nude lip on fairer skin.
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park
Echo Park is described as a "warm peachy nude" and I'd fully agree with that. It's a throw-on shade that's really easy to apply - don't be frightened off by the typical liquid lipstick packaging! The formula is really comfortable and flexible to wear - I don't find that this cracks at all on my lips, and can be re-applied without having to remove the original coat underneath. I much prefer this formula to other, more matte formulas, and the colour is just spot on. A little more classic nude than Illamasqua Starkers, but equally beautiful. Oh, and Colourpop have launched UK shipping now too! woohoo!
|L-R Illamasqua Starkers, Colourpop Echo Park, Bobbi Brown Uber Pink, MAC Velvet Teddy|
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Uber Pink
Bobbi Brown's Uber Pink was my wedding day lip colour, and I still absolutely love it. Don't be fooled by the name - it's a completely wearable satin pinky-nude that looks great on tanned and fairer skin tones alike - albeit much more pink on the latter. Again, it's super comfortable to wear, and more often than not you'll find this in my handbag. It's an old favourite (with obvious sentimental value for me now, too!) and I think I'll always have a tube of this kicking around somewhere!
MAC Velvet Teddy
MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy is another classic shade. Much more brown-toned, this is usually a super-90's take on a nude lip for me - but when I am a little more bronzed, it's a really beautiful, natural, peachy-brown nude shade. It's a surprisingly comfortable, velvety matte (it's not nearly as matte as a typical liquid lipstick, but I'll forgo that any day for the comfort factor), and I don't find it in the least bit drying to wear.
So there you have it! That's my little edit. What are your favourite nude lip shades?
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