Courtesy Maybelline New York Image by: Courtesy Maybelline New York
Perfect pairing: According to Lee, the right neutral lipstick will play nice with every beauty look, from sultry smoky eyes to graphic cat-eye flicks. Think of nude lips as the ultimate supporting cast member.
Finish and texture: When it comes to nude formulas, finish is everything. Skip matte and glossy textures and look for a natural satin finish.
Technique: If you're after full lips, Lee suggests applying liner just outside your natural outline, then using a brush to fill them in with lipstick. For a more modern, natural look, apply lipstick straight from the tube, then pat it in with your fingertip.
Lips: Jaclyn Locke, Swatches: Joe Kim
Find your match! (from left): Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Beige Pop, $21, clinique.ca. Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Cool Nude, $3.50, shoppersdrugmart.ca. Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss Lip Lacquer in #104, $23, sephora.ca.
Public School Fall 2015 at New York Fashion Week; courtesy Maybelline New York
Beauty inspiration: Fly girl Jennifer Lopez on In Living Color
The semimatte nude lip was achieved with everything but lipstick. First, concealer neutralized pink undertones, then a bronzy-colour cheek stick was applied. Finally, a taupe eyeshadow patted onto the lips provided the semimatte effect. "Depending on the model's skin tone, we did a warm nude or a cool nude," says Lee.
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This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Canadian Living.
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