I only really got into the nude lipstick fad in the last year, and can I just say? Total game-changer. I never really liked them on other people (mostly thinking of YouTubers who always point out their lipstick) because I didn’t think it really added anything to the look. I was the type of person that wore lipstick mostly as a statement, and used one or two pink colours for everyday wear. My favourite thing about nude lipsticks NOW is that it doesn’t make an obvious statement or add a ton to the look. Instead… it just ~works~ no matter what’s going on with the rest of my face. Lipstick seriously helps frame your face, and 9 times out of 10 I’m wearing really minimal, natural makeup intended to do just that – highlight my features and frame my face. Back in the old days, I used t just put on a lip balm that would be gone in a matter of minute. Now, I addd a nude lip and it raises the look up a few notches, giving the look a more professional and put together tone.
When it comes to nude lipsticks I have some MAJOR favs and some I use just to mix it up. I have different shades to go with different outfits and different ~vibes~. Here are my top five favourites, and what I like to wear them with.
Sephora Cream Lip Stain – I received this as a part of a PR package that I got when I went to the Sephora store opening in Thunder Bay, so I reeeeally didn’t expect much from it. In reality, it’s the lipstick that turned me on to the nude look! It’s a matte liquid lipstick, but it doesn’t cake on your lips, and it feels really light. It’s long wearing, and it’s colour doesn’t get patchy or fade. It’s become my go-to lip colour for a basic, neutral makeup look. Or…. if I want to add a lip colour without really thinking about it, aka no matter what the rest of my makeup is, I just add this on and call it a day!
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in ‘Seductress‘ – This is the PERFECT pink nude. I received this in a PR package from Maybelline, along with about 12 other lip colours, and this one is easily my favourite. It’s my second go-to for any day, no matter the makeup. It’s long-lasting, matte but not drying, and easy to reapply (without getting grimy or caked!). The Maybelline liquid lipstick is probably my favourite formula out of the bunch. The colour is a neutral pink, and what I grab when I want a bit more colour. I wore it pretty much every day I was in Cuba without any stress about what my lips looked like after I put it on.
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in ‘Amazonian’ – This is from the same bunch of Maybelline lipsticks that I received, but it’s slightly less worn. This nude has more of a brick red tone to it, which I instantly became obsessed with. I use this as a bit more of a statement neutral lip (contradictory, I know). Basically: when I want a look that looks earthy and laidback, but still looks like I’m wearing makeup, I grab this.
Kylie Cosmetics, KoKo Collection in ‘Khlo$‘ – I’ve had this lipstick the longest and it was the very first nude lip that I wore regularly. It’s the perfect mix between an orange and a pink tone. It’s very much a nude colour, but it doesn’t wash out my skin like I find nude lipsticks usually do. When I was studying for exams, this was my go-to lipstick for long days in and out of the library. It’s long wearing (but kind of cakey, and hard to reapply), and has great and even colour coverage!
Bite ‘Date’ – The only ‘real’ lipstick on this list, and the one I’ve owned the longest. I always bring this lipstick when I travel, partially because it’s 2 in 1, partially because it has a nude and a pink (and what more could a person need?), and partially because the formula is GREAT and very moisturizing. It’s not long lasting, but it’s super easy to reapply, and as you can see, I’ve shown it a lot of love over the years. This is one that I put on when I want a little warmth brought back to my face. I favourite it in the winter, and any time I’m travelling.
Are you into the nude lipstick trend? What’s your tried and true fav nude lip? Are you moving on from the trend yet? I know I’m late on the uptake!