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Hey there! You may not know this about me, especially if you are new here (hi and welcome!), but I’m a makeup artist. While I’ve certainly done my fair share of dramatic looks, most of the time I’m doing weddings. Often, the goal is simply to enhance the brides’ best features – to make her look like the best version of herself. And I’ve found that for most brides it’s all about the eyes….but the lips still need to be defined.
The best nude lips actually come from a combination of liner + gloss. Liner defines your lips and helps the gloss last. It prevents lip color from creeping up into fine lines around your lips. Gloss leaves a shiny finish that’s more forgiving than a matte and is easy to reapply (no mirror necessary for perfect application).
Keep reading to see the foolproof combination on 75% of my brides.
Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear in Tenderheart is the nude gloss I use on 75% of my brides (and on the two pictured above). It looks good on just about everyone and is that perfect neutral shade: not too brown, not too pink. It’s a little bit darker than a true nude so it’s the perfect color for evening or for when you’re being photographed. This gloss complements smokey eyes without competing with them. Plus the formula really is long-lasting and shiny. Bonus.
Here are two more of my favorite combinations.
If you’re looking to nail the nude lip trend with more of a true nude, Clinique’s Nude Pop is perfect. The color is lighter than Clinique’s Tenderheart but it won’t wash out your face like some other lighter nudes. The formula is like a gloss/lipstick hybrid: it applies like a gloss (you only need the tiniest bit) but has more pigment like a lipstick and is long-wearing.
If you have fair skin a pink nude looks best. LORAC’s Duchess isn’t too bright or too dark. The gloss formula is highly pigmented rather than sheer and works perfectly with the liner for a pretty pink wash of color. Plus it smells awesome. It’s moisturizing and feels good on your lips.
This combination looked absolutely gorgeous on Joanna Spicer when I came across her video on YouTube. I ordered it immediately and did NOT like it on myself. The pale mauve was way too light for me and looked like I was erasing my lips. The Laura Mercier Colour Balm (although not the best color for me) was an awesome formula. It was smooth and moisturizing without a ton of shine if you’d prefer a less glossy finish.
What about you guys? Do you have a favorite neutral/nude lip color? Let me know in the comments! For more makeup tips and tricks like this, check out our Beauty section!