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. Bobbi Brown has got a great line of nude lip colors for every skin tone and I’ve got a quick guide to help you choose your “nude”!
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.
All lip colors mentioned are Bobbi Brown Lip Color, rich, full coverage with a soft matte finish.
Fair Skin: (think Nicole Kidman) BB Beige
Medium Skin: (think Sarah Jessica Parker) BB Blush or Uber Beige
Light Olive Skin: (think Kim Kardashian) BB Uber Beige
Olive Skin: (think Padma Lakshmi) BB Brownie Pink or Brown
Tan/Golden Skin: (think Jennifer Lopez to Beyonce) BB Brownie or Beige
Caramel Skin: (think Halle Berry to Queen Latifah) BB Golden Brown or Heather Mauve
Dark Skin: (think Nia Long to Gabrielle Union) BB Cocoa Berry
Deep Skin: (think Kelly Rowland to Alek Wek) BB Hot Cocoa or Chocolate
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)
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