Before you get all hot and bothered, I’m not trying to coax you into stripping down to your birthday suit. That would even make me break into a sweat. Let’s face it, we’ve all had a peek at a nudist beach right? If you haven’t you aren’t missing anything, as those who do go nude, are normally the ones who’ve never heard of a razor before. Don’t get me wrong, the sheer confidence nudists obviously exude is totally *ehm* admirable, but I’m talking about nude make-up. Phew.
Even though we’re overwhelmed with fun brights, nude make-up doesn’t have to be boring, it can actually be totally sultry and if its done right, racy even, Oh la la. Forget the days of concealer on the lips. Guilty. This is the new nude on the block, the one that demands attention, it doesn’t make you look ‘dead’ or washed out *concealer lips*, it makes you look poutily beautiful.
Let’s talk lips……
Think beige-y pink nudes for your lips to warm your complexion, and subtly enhance your natural lip color. Apply straight from the tube for a natural effortless look. Nudes create the ultimate lip pluming effect, so grab something with a little warmth, that will compliment your skin tone. For added fullness dab clear gloss in the center of you lips, to stop the color looking dull and flat.
Top nude lips I’m loving are:
Cosmetics a’la Carte lipstick in Marshmallow 30. This is creamy, moisturizing and highly pigmented in a lovely peach pink tone, that won’t wash you out. This is the perfect lip shade to combine with a smoky eye.
Bobbi Brown creamy lip color in Baby. I love this for it’s pretty pinky color, and super moisturizing qualities. Bobbi is the queen of make-up that looks oh so natural and effortlessly flawless, and it’s warm enough to perk up even a tanned complexion. Score.
Maybelline Baby Lips in 30 Peach Kiss. This is the sheerest of the bunch, and that because it’s effectively a lip balm. A lovely sheer dose of nude goodness.
Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in 03. Besides from the super florally smell, I like the Kate lipsticks a lot. They are highly pigmented, on trend colors, think of this as a muted pink and you’re there. Full pouty lips are almost guaranteed with this one.
Let’s talk nails…..
Moving away from the teals, whites and blues of summer, nude fleshy toned nails should exemplify healthy and glowing skin. Not too much to ask then. Grab a nude nail polish that’s a shade or two lighter than your skin color, and you’ve found your perfect shade. Boom. Don’t forget to push back cuticles, and file those nails.
Nude nail polishes:
Revlon 008 in Sheer Mauve. As the name would suggest this is a sheer Mauve, pretty pink color that seems elongate my rather petite fingers. A tough task for a nail polish. It has the tiniest amount of shimmer, just to make it girly.
Shu Uemra in Royal Beige is the perfect fleshy toned nail polish. With a hint of peach this will make your nails look, clean and polished in no time.
Revlon 980 in Iced Mocha is the bronziest of the lot. This is the nude for those who don’t like nudes, it’s slightly pearlized with a purple hue to it.
Keep your skin glowing, with a dab of peachy cream blush, and you will be perfection. A sultry nude lady, without having to shed a sock. Now that’s the kind of nude I can get into.