It’s so easy to get stuck in a makeup rut. I’ve lost count of the number of times friends have told me that they’re still wearing the same makeup look that they wore in their teens (one even told me she still has the same bottle of foundation she bought fifteen years ago – really!).
Even though I’m constantly trying out the newest and latest launches, I still find it’s too easy to wear the same look, just using different and new products.
Recently, in an attempt to switch it up a bit, I’ve been reaching less for the matte lipsticks and more for the glossy and shiney options, especially when wearing a nude lip. I’ve always found a matte nude lip on my darker skin tone (aka indian skin) is much harder to get right than a glossy nude; the matte texture can be so unforgiving, ageing the appearance, dehydrating the lips and making me look tired.
So a glossy nude lip has been my springtime saviour and these are the three that I’ve been turning to most, along with the other makeup that makes it all work. Here are my top tips to getting a glossy nude lip right.
FILL IT IN
As I have quite pigmented lips naturally, if I’m going nude, I need to almost cancel out the colour in my lips so that I can get the true nude shade. Lipliner is my best friend, as it will stay put all day and give me a great base for my glossy lipstick or gloss, acting as a primer for my lips. So if you have pigmented lips like mine but want to wear a nude lip, my top tip would be to outline and fill in your lips with a nude shade such as Smashbox’s Always Sharp in Nude Medium, Charlotte Tilbury’s Iconic Nude or By Terry’s Perfect Nude. This combo is the glossiest of all the nudes I’m currently wearing: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude all over the lips, with the super pigmented Revlon Ultra HD Lip Laquer in Smoky Topaz layered on top.
LINER IS EVERYTHING
When the lip shade is nude and close in tone to my skin shade, I really need to make sure that my lips are defined. For me, a darker shade of lipliner around the edges is essential to make sure there is a definite delineation between my lips and my skin. A very fine line of MAC’s Cork Lipliner, smudged into the lips before adding lipstick or lip gloss is perfect. In this combination, I’m wearing Smashbox Nude Medium Always Sharp Lipliner all over the lips, MAC Cork Lipliner as an outer liner and YSL Rose Saharienne Rouge Volupte Shine over it all.
STAY INSIDE THE EDGES
A glossier lipstick or lip gloss has more of a tendency to move or bleed than a matte lipstick, so by keeping it slightly within the lipliner edge you’ll ensure you don’t lose half your lipstick into the fine lines around your lips. To be doubly sure, you could always use an invisible lipliner around the lips (on the skin) to keep bleeding and featuring at bay. In this pic, I’m using a new favourite combo; Tom Ford Indian Rose layered over Tom Ford Sable Smoke, both of which have been layered over By Terry’s Perfect Nude Waterproof Lipliner.
THE FINISHING TOUCHES
When I’m wearing a glossy nude lip, I like to keep the rest of my makeup quite simple and minimal. A slick of Kat von D Tattoo Liquid Liner in black, fluttery lashes (either Tarte’s Tartest Lash Paint Mascara or Huda Beauty Farah False Lashes) and perfectly set skin using YSL’s Souffle D’Eclat Loose Powder and a spritz of fragrance – I’m currently loving Clean RESERVE in Blonde Rose – and I’m set for the day.
Are you into the glossy nude? Give me your recommendations!
Smashbox Always Sharp Lipliner in Nude Medium, buy here
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lipliner in Iconic Nude, buy here
By Terry Waterproof Lipliner in Perfect Nude, buy here
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Laquer in Smoky Topaz, coming soon
MAC Cork Lipliner, buy here
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Rose Saharienne, buy here
Tom Ford Lipstick in Indian Rose, buy here
Tom Ford Lipstick in Sable Smoke, buy here
Kat von D Tattoo Liner, buy here
Tarte Tartest Lash Paint Mascara, buy here
Huda Beauty Lashes in Farah, buy here
YSL Souffle D’Eclat Loose Powder, buy here
CLEAN Reserve EDP in Blonde Rose, buy here