Monday, November 8, 2010

The Perfect Nude Lip for Skin of Color

Dark eyes and Nude lips are always an amazing combination for Fall. With November finally upon us, you need to make sure you have your perfect shade of lippy. Danielle over at The Fashion Bomb totally aced this article. I couldn't have said it better myself. I know I have a lot of readers interested in finding their perfect nude shade and she breaks it down to a T!

After you find your perfect shade, stick around! I'll be posting tutorials this week featuring various skintones and getting that perfect smokey eye/nude lip combo down for whatever your skintone!

Greetings, Fashion Bombshells! Danielle here.

A nude lip color is the perfect companion for heavy eye makeup or just a simple all-around “I’m naturally this good looking” understated look. But “nude” is totally dependent on an individual’s skin tone and not everyone can wear a light creme beige as their nude. I’ve put together a quick guide to help you find your nude. Check it out.

Nude lip color tips:
1. Be sure your lips are properly exfoliated (rub a wet toothbrush over your lips) and moisturized (Chapstick will do, but for super-dry lips try Clinique All About Lips or Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant).
2. Add color somewhere on your face to avoid looking washed out. A natural makeup look with tones that mirror your skin tone is pretty, but add a bright blush or eye color to liven things up.

Bobbi Brown (abbreviated below as BB) is a great line to start with when looking for your perfect nude. Many of Bobbi’s looks are based on “natural” pretty makeup so many nudes across the color spectrum are included in the line.

Fair Skin: (think Nicole Kidman) BB Beige, MAC Lipstick in Creme D’ Nude
Medium Skin: (think Sarah Jessica Parker) BB Blush or Uber Beige, MAC Lipstick in Creme D’ Nude
Light Olive Skin: (think Kim Kardashian) BB Uber Beige, MAC Lipstick in Freckletone
Olive Skin: (think Padma Lakshmi) BB Brownie Pink or Brown, MAC Lipstick in Cherish, MAC Lipstick in Taupe

Tan/Golden Skin: (think Jennifer Lopez to Beyonce) BB Brownie or Beige, MAC Lipstick in Freckletone, MAC Lipstick in Fresh Brew, MAC Lisptick in Velvet Teddy, MAC Lipstick in Half N’ Half
Caramel Skin: (think Halle Berry to Queen Latifah) BB Golden Brown or Heather Mauve, MAC Lipstick in Fresh Brew, MAC Lipstick in Siss, MAC Lipstick in Stay in Touch, MAC Lipstick in Touch
Dark Skin: (think Nia Long to Gabrielle Union) BB Cocoa, MAC Lustreglass in Trance Plant, MAC Lipstick in Icon, MAC Lipstick in Shitaki, NARS Lipgloss in Hustler, MAC Lipstick in Coconutty
Deep Skin: (think Kelly Rowland to Alek Wek) BB Hot Cocoa or Chocolate, MAC Lipstick in Coconutty, MAC Lustreglass in Trance Plant

Don’t get caught up in the racial background or ethnicity of the celebs mentioned above. Use their skin tone as a guide. You could be Asian and still look great in the shade for Kim Kardashian or you could be East Indian and work the shade for Kelly Rowland)


  1. This is very nice! Gives me some new options for nude lip colors to try out.

  2. Nude lips are sooooooooo hott! Wish I looked better with nude lips. Unfortunately since my complexion is rather light, I always end up looking way too washed out :( but great post though :)

  3. Love the nude lips! I'm always looking for one that suits me.

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