As clothes get fewer and farther between here in springy Savannah, it seems only appropriate that I found a sweet little steal the other day in the Revlon section at Walmart – a nude matte lipstick called 001 Nude Attitude.  At a little under $5 (and already trusting Revlon as my go-to brand for bargain lip color), I liked what I found.  The color is pretty and sheer, but buildable for opacity, and it feels good on your lips, not dry like a lot of matte colors do.

I love a nude lip because it allows your eyes to really be the focal point of your makeup (and my husband much prefers it because he doesn’t have to worry about a red kiss mark), but finding the right nude color for your skin can be HARD!  (Remember Magda?  Yikes!)


Cool, fair skinned girls should think about a slightly pinkish nude.  Without the bit of pink, you may end up looking like you have washed out, chapped lips because of the natural blue in your skin.  If you can’t find the perfect shade on your own, you can apply a pink longwear before applying the nude lipstick.  This adds another level of color, and keeps your lips in the nude range without draining the life from them.

Medium to olive complected girls should look for something a little peachier, or a nude with a bit of gold.  I fall into this group, and in this look, I applied a golden-tan longwear before I applied the nude Revlon lipstick.

Girls with darker skin tones will love bronzy or caramel nudes.  The color of your top and bottom lips may not be identical, so you get to choose from two shades and see which you like best!  I love a sheer gloss added to the top of this nude.


Here are some more tips for wearing a nude lip – choose one, or play with them all!

  •  A nude lip screams for some eye drama.  1960’s glam anyone? Makeup by Jessica Mock /Hair by Emily Warren /Photography by Dylan Wilson /Styling by Jenn Wilson
  • Apply your nude lipstick first, then apply a pink to the inside of your lips and blend outward, giving you a little bit of extra color.
  • Outline the outside of your lips in a color slightly paler than your skin, then blend outward, in order to give your lips some extra dimension.
  • Add some gloss to the poutiest part of your lip, which also adds some dimension and keeps lips from looking flat.

Remember, a true matte nude is rarely flattering.  It’s easiest to wear a nude with either a little bit of color mixed into it, or some shine or shimmer, differentiating your lips from your skin.

But, like everything in makeup, there are no hard fast rules – HAVE FUN!



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