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Nude Lipstick: When Bolder Isn’t Better

Assortment of lipsticks in a row with lids off.

If you still haven’t caught onto the nude lipstick revolution, now is the time. Not only because it completes that all-natural look, but also because nude lipstick is your secret to achieving fuller lips. Why go through painful, costly, cosmetic treatments when a trip to the pharmacy to buy the lip color you didn’t even know you were dying to try for just a few bucks could transform your lips?

If you dreamed of achieving a Kylie Jenner pout, you may want to rethink. Kylie warned on an episode of Life of Kylie that the “process was very painful and it is easy to get carried away.” Lip fillers last longer than lipstick, but they are not permanent either.

Most treatments last for approximately six months to a year. After that, you need to go back for more painful injections or fillers. Think that super-filled pouts, Kylie Jenner style, are the most desired? You may be in for a surprise. According to statistics, cosmetic surgeons are more frequently asked by clients for natural looking full lips like Jennifer Lawrence.

Why Nude Lipstick?

Close up of dark lipstick.

Darker lip colors can make your lips look smaller if haven’t got large lips.

Nude lipstick is your first step to achieving natural looking, fuller, lips. You may have noticed it before – light tones on your lips do make them look larger. Try on the lightest shade you’ve got and look at your reflection. You’ll see what I’m talking about.

I’m not sure if there is a scientific explanation for why lighter tones give your lips a larger impression. As a general rule, dark colors are flattering, so it is possible that the dark shades have the same effect on your lips. Slimming looks are popular, but not when it comes to your lips.

As the old adage goes, you are what you wear. And then there is the unsaid line that follows: so put some thought into what you wear. Your makeup says something about you the same way your clothing does. And lipstick is probably the most used cosmetic item in existence. It is one of the basics of makeup.

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Lips are a prominent feature of your face, and your lipstick is probably the first thing anybody would notice about you. So you wouldn’t want to go too wrong with your lip color.

Choose a color that is too dark and you can look Gothic, or start your week with a color that is way too bright and you look a little, well, over-the-top for a lazy Sunday morning. If you love the dramatic look, that’s great. But if you are turning to makeup as a beauty enhancer, you probably want the perfect lip color. One that will do wonders to your appearance without looking exaggerated.

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Now You See It…

Close up of lips with nude lipstick.

Nude shades often have pinky undertones.

Are you one of those people who never gives the light tones a second glance because you are sure that they can do nothing at all to your face? No point in wearing lipstick that can’t even be seen…

Try the soft lip shades just for a day. You’d be amazed at how much the light lip color can do for your face. I think that part of the reason the lighter shades make your lips look larger is because they soften definition lines. If you have smaller lips, a dark lip color can close them up, making them look smaller.

A light color can easily be drawn a little over your face with a lighter lip liner as an outline, making your lips look naturally thicker.

Conclusion

You don’t have to go for a completely nude shade, especially if you are fair skinned. Most shades that are classified as nude do contain some pale pink or peach pigmentation. Experiment with light shades or blend your favorite color with a nude lipstick. Kiss goodbye to your bright reds, deep burgundy or dark brown shades, even for just a day, and try the soft, light, shade for a new look.

The best part about the nude shade is that you can’t really go wrong with it. Your worst fear might be that not everybody will be able to tell that you are wearing lipstick, but your lips will still look naturally nice and full.