Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lip Sync

Hi folks:
Last night I began chatting with my cousin about the 'nude' lip look I was wearing with my burgundy smoky eyes. The most important tip for a good nude lip is to first diffuse your own natural lip color with a lip pencil that matches or is close to your skin tone. If you blend the pencil over the entire lip it gives you a nice blank canvas to work with.

On my eyes I wore a Bobbi Brown's Cream shadow in Cement as a base. Then I smoked out my eyes with MAC's eye shadows in Sketch topped with Agate (Limited Edition) for some shimmer. I also blended in Bobbi Brown's Eye Shadow in Cocoa in the crease and above. I finished with Urban Decay's 24/7 Eye Liner in Zero (black) on my lids and smudged across my lower water line. I finished my lower lash line with a dusting of Sketch eye shadow over the black pencil to keep it in place.
I was wearing the following lip products:
Selma Hayek's NUANCE Color Vibrance Lipstick in Shimmering Nude ($9.99, CVS only)

Sephora Collection Nano Lip Liner in Belle Beige ($5, Sephora)
I also love to finish the look with this gloss; its the perfect compliment. I sometimes wear just the liner and the gloss too.
MAC Lustreglass in Love Nectar ($14.50)

Here are the steps I took to get the look. Note that the color looks more natural in person; flash on cell camera can make it look pinkish/peachy.
  1. My natural lip color (bare)
  2. Lips with just nude pencil
  3. Lips with lipstick added
  4. Lips with gloss added

Note that I have on no other makeup on my face; just re-did the lips for the demo. I always moisturize my lips first (rubbed some vaseline into my lips; don't leave excess or shine; just rub it in so lips aren't dry before applying pencil).

I just put a dab of gloss in the center of my lips and smack them together (pro tip). Not trying to create a full on glossy look like I do with more pigmented colors.


    I also have some "tan" nude lips I wear by using the following (sometimes w/ the same liner as above or Sonia Kashuk's Lip Define in Natural (Target):
    • MAC Lipglass in Chai
    • Bobbi Brown Rich Color Gloss in Naked 3
    • MAC Viva Glam Lipglass in Gaga2
    I wear most of these lip looks with smoky or dark eyes. For a more natural (day) look I would at least use eyeliner, mascara and a nice blush; perks my face right up.

    Here are some of Penny's favorite nude lip looks:

    Be blessed. Be Beautiful.


    1. Love it! Thanks for sharing... I got the Nuance lipstick... have to order the Sephora pencil. Also trying a Nuance pressed powder; will let you know how it works!

    2. Thanks (@ Liz)! You really were on a mission today! LOL! Have fun with it. Looking forward to hearing about the powder. I may try the Nuance blush next. - P