Ajak Deng
  By Mary Wolff
If you follow the latest beauty trends, you know how hot the nude lip is right now. While few trends can work year-round without looking seasonally out of place, this look helps you work it all year! Of course, the idea of a nude lip can be intimidating to some women. The challenge of finding the right tone can be tricky since it is based on skin tone. When looking to get in on this beautiful trend, here are a few tips on how to find the best nude lipstick for you.

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Know Your Tone

Knowing your natural skin tone is the key to finding the best nude lipstick. While everyone is unique and you may have slight leanings on the scale within the category, most people fall under one of the three main groups of fair, medium, and dark. For example, within the group of medium, it can range from golden to caramel with shades of olive in between. So, take your time determining your skin tone.

Pay Attention to Lips

The skin tone is important to make sure you don’t end up looking too washed out by the color, but the natural color of your lips also matters. If your lips naturally have more than one tone, the key is to work with the more dominant tone and include lip liner in your look. For instance, trying out a gentler pink toned nude to match with the center of the lips paired with a darker liner is a good choice.

Find the Balance

The whole point of nude lips is that it should look natural and as close to your natural lips as possible, but still look like you have something on your lips. You don’t want it to look like you aren’t wearing anything at all, but at the same time, you don’t want it to be too stark. Make sure you try several shades of nudes in your skin tone to find the option that works best for you before committing to one look as your nude go-to. You should also keep in mind that a nude lip can be several variations. You can wear a darker nude lip for a more striking contrast or a lighter nude lip for a more natural look. The key is to always pay attention to both your skin tone and the pigment of your lips to find the right range of shades.

Do you rock nude lips?
Ajak Deng
  By Mary Wolff
If you follow the latest beauty trends, you know how hot the nude lip is right now. While few trends can work year-round without looking seasonally out of place, this look helps you work it all year! Of course, the idea of a nude lip can be intimidating to some women. The challenge of finding the right tone can be tricky since it is based on skin tone. When looking to get in on this beautiful trend, here are a few tips on how to find the best nude lipstick for you.

Continue

Know Your Tone

Knowing your natural skin tone is the key to finding the best nude lipstick. While everyone is unique and you may have slight leanings on the scale within the category, most people fall under one of the three main groups of fair, medium, and dark. For example, within the group of medium, it can range from golden to caramel with shades of olive in between. So, take your time determining your skin tone.

Pay Attention to Lips

The skin tone is important to make sure you don’t end up looking too washed out by the color, but the natural color of your lips also matters. If your lips naturally have more than one tone, the key is to work with the more dominant tone and include lip liner in your look. For instance, trying out a gentler pink toned nude to match with the center of the lips paired with a darker liner is a good choice.

Find the Balance

The whole point of nude lips is that it should look natural and as close to your natural lips as possible, but still look like you have something on your lips. You don’t want it to look like you aren’t wearing anything at all, but at the same time, you don’t want it to be too stark. Make sure you try several shades of nudes in your skin tone to find the option that works best for you before committing to one look as your nude go-to. You should also keep in mind that a nude lip can be several variations. You can wear a darker nude lip for a more striking contrast or a lighter nude lip for a more natural look. The key is to always pay attention to both your skin tone and the pigment of your lips to find the right range of shades.

Do you rock nude lips?

To Do: Try A Bright Pink Lip

Sure, earthy neutral tones are good and nice. But that story was published ages ago (in 2015). As the saying goes: new year, new face. Or at least a new shade of lipstick.

Something Hung Vanngo said last time he was in the office got us thinking about branching out a little. After a full afternoon of making up (then remaking up) the perfect canvas that is Josephine Skriver, the makeup artist said, “Sometimes if you add a little color, it gives a little youth to the face.” Point taken—but what about a lot of color?
So he started removing any and all traces of product on Josephine’s lip and replacing them with bright pink. “We’re just playing, you know what I mean? This is going to be a look for a girl who loves to play with color.”

Hung prepped her face with the Glossier Phase 1 Set (Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint, and a bit of Balm Dotcom), then went in on the pink. He started with a CK One Color Lipstick in Wow, a matte fuchsia. “We’re going to do a reverse stain—fill it in with a pink Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil liner afterwards.” Then he tapped on the cream side of the CK One Color Cream and Powder Blush Duo.

The ‘Do’s’ here are:
+ Very dewy skin that contrasts with the matte lip
+ A defined lip shape. Touch up the edges with concealer and a brush.
+ Other colorful accoutrement. Josephine’s jacket is by Karen Walker.

And, of course, Hung also shared his list of ‘Don’ts’:
+ Don’t wear mascara: “A smoky shadow is fine, but lashes are too much.” Hung added a touch of L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Silver Sky all around Josephine’s eye area. Blend well.
+ Don’t use gloss: “I can add a bit of Lip Shine after I do the color if I want, but never lip gloss to start.”
+ Don’t wear too much blush. If anything, stick to cream. Better to air on the shinier side of things.

As we type this, it’s a blustery 30 degrees outside (without the windchill). Staying in and playing around with pink lipstick seems like just the activity to properly distract. Drop us a line if you’re doing the same thing wherever you are.

Josephine Skriver photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Hung Vanngo. Styling by Anna Santangelo.

Josephine wears a Karen Walker jacket and Nikki Chasin top.

Three more looks care of Hung Vanngo can be found right this way. And get inspired with more of The Makeup here.

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Diana del Río, Product Stylist, Nordstrom

The #ITGTopShelfie series puts the focus on the lives and beauty routines of Into The Gloss's lovely, accomplished, and loyal community of readers. Show us your own Top Shelfie on Instagram—tag us @intothegloss, and include the hashtag #ITGTopShelfie.

"My name is Diana del Río [@ddelriobud] and I live in Glendale, California. Currently, I work as an ecommerce product stylist for NordstromRack.com and HauteLook—that means I prep and style handbags, shoes, clothes, cosmetics, and other products for shoots that live online for two to three day flash sales. On a daily basis I’m working with seamstress scissors, sticky glue dots, gaffer tape, lint rollers, and a bunch of other tools that ensure my lines are looking good, straps are not wrinkled, and everything is ready to be shot. When I describe what I do, the usual reaction is, 'That’s a job?'...which I get. It's a very creative job—we're trying to engage the shopper with beautiful images. But you have to be obsessed with details.

My approach to makeup and skincare is about what’s functional and part of my everyday work routine. I give myself 20 minutes in the morning to do it all—brush my teeth, clothes picked out the night before, food packed, let’s go! I splash my face with cold water, wash with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Cleanser, and tap my face dry with a soft towel. Then I'll grab Mario Badescu’s Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 17, with a dab of Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream or Clinique’s All About Eyes on each ring finger for under my eyes. The last step is lip balm. I usually head out the door with Blistex Simple and Sensitive Balm or Glossier’s Balm Dotcom.

In the evening, I’ll use a moisturizer sans-SPF because of possible flash-back in photos. The one I’ve been using for about a month now is Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer because it’s gentle and calms down any redness from washing or patting dry my face. I let my products soak in while I pick out my clothes and water my plants, and then I'll put on Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer to control my oily T-zone. For eyeshadow primer, I love Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base because it dries clear, and the applicator is great.

For base, I only keep it to a tinted moisturizer or a BB Cream—my favorites are Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz or Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light/Medium, which I apply with a damp Beautyblender—and I'll treat uneven skin tone with a Nars Concealer Stick in Biscuit. On my eyes, I’m a neutral eyeshadow fanatic. I’ll put MAC’s Groundwork Paint Pot over my lids because it cancels out any redness or veins, but I also like MAC's Eyeshadows in Kid, Espresso, and Satin Taupe. I’ve never been too picky with mascara, though I will say that I’m more about separation and length than I am about volume—and that's where L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara gets it in.

My favorite blush shades are Tarte Amazonian Clay in Exposed and MAC Harmony or Rosy Outlook, but my all-time favorite, the bees-knees of blush for me is Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Rose Petal and Plum Wine. It's perfect for me because the pigment is strong and only needs a light hand—it’ll last forever—and it sits on my skin nicely. For lips, nude lip life. So far my favorite nude lips for my skin tone are Clinique's Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut and Nars' Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park. And the best lip liners include MAC’s Stone and Boldly Bare. I’m also really into liquid lipsticks. I picked up a travel duo set of Kat Von D’s Lolita & Lolita II—the formula is wonderful and the colors are just enough of a step for me to break out of nude lip territory. There's no tugging on the color. But out of habit, I would suggest putting on some lip balm beforehand.

For my hair, I read that you should sleep in a satin cap. The material makes such a difference in controlling the frizz and shape of my hair—I got mine at Naimie's in Studio City. I only wash these curls once a week or my hair'll get so dry. I'll use a clarifying shampoo like Suave Daily Clarifying or Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo. To style it, I start off with Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Treatment Oil, and after that I'll use a mousse or a cream. I like Rene Furterer’s Mousse Végétale and R+Co Jackpot Styling Crème. One of my closest friends told me that after I style, I should flip my hair upside-down and pat my hair with the wet towel I just used. Something about this step, plus the satin cap, just takes care of the frizz situation. That tip is a godsend."

—as told to ITG

Digital Photo Editor Kirsten Chilstrom shares the mascara that gets confused with eyelash extensions, stylist Bethany Bankston embraces her curls (with the right product regimen) and Art Director Erica Choi gives herself regular Chanel manicures in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Olivia Singer, Fashion Features Editor, AnOthermag.com

The #ITGTopShelfie series puts the focus on the lives and beauty routines of Into The Gloss's lovely, accomplished, and loyal community of readers. Show us your own Top Shelfie on Instagram—tag us @intothegloss, and include the hashtag #ITGTopShelfie.

"I'm Olivia Singer [@oliviajsinger] and I live in London. I'm the Fashion Features Editor at AnOthermag.com, but I didn’t start out wanting to work in fashion—I went to university and studied English Literature, with a heavy slant on feminism, and then moved to Paris where I was involved in activism. I remember once leading a feminist rally and a woman having a go at me for wearing red lipstick and heels, saying that I was belittling the cause...it was a long time before I realized that beauty and feminism aren't mutually exclusive. As a result, I'm a die-hard feminist who hoards beauty products. I genuinely believe in looking good for myself rather than the patriarchy.

I’ve always been obsessed with beauty, and I have an archive of terrifyingly made-up photos from my childhood to prove it. I’ve been through my fair share of ropey, over-done phases, but these days I keep my makeup fairly low-key. Not because I’m low maintenance—I’m not—but because there is something modern about being able to see my skin instead of layering 50 different products on top of it. If it’s the daytime, I’ll apply Immunocologie’s Day Protection, which is a buffer against London pollution that also helps heal any blemishes I have going on. And then I am a diehard fan of Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer for day-to-day, and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream if I’m going out at night to give my makeup a little longevity.

For coverage, I’ll layer on a few dots of Chanel Perfection Lumière in problem areas, and I use Diorskin Star Concealer under my eyes and dabs of Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer for blemishes. For blushers, I like things I can apply with my fingers because it gives a more natural finish—Shu Uemura’s Glow Blush in Vivid Orange is more peachy pink than orange, and is a dream to apply because it’s sort of spongy. Then, a vague contour with Nars Olympia and a few dabs of RMS Living Luminizer—the greatest illuminator in the world—to give a little bit of definition to my face.

My favorite makeup is lip color. I recently watched all of The Good Wife and, in honor of Alicia, have been wearing a lot of nude-y taupes like Chanel’s Rouge Coco Sheer Lipshine in Melancolie, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Nu or Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked. But my fail-safe is MAC Diva for a dark, sultry red, or Laura Mercier’s Sienna with a MAC red lipliner underneath. When it comes to balm, I’m grossly extravagant...Sisley’s rather expensive Nutritive Lip Balm is my favorite, forever. It lasts for ages, and it costs enough for me to actually keep it until it runs out. I’ve also been trying to re-introduce lip gloss into my routine. Chanel’s Rouge Allure Gloss is a real winner, as is Laura Mercier’s Lip Glacé in Cosmic, because there is something amazingly modern about very little makeup with a heavily shiny lip.

For my eyebrows I try and keep it as natural as possible—I’m not a runway model and a heavy-set brow does not look good on me. I use a little angled brush with some Anastasia Powder for my eyebrows, and then L’Oréal’s Brow Artist Plumper sets them into place. Then, a few coats of mascara...I'm still searching for my daytime holy grail, but I always return to Maybelline Great Lash—and I’m good to go. For night, I'll use Charlotte Tilbury 5 Star or Le Volume De Chanel Mascara, because I like some evening drama, and I’ll add some color to my eyelids...I am a big fan of a slightly shiny eyelid and Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre, MAC’s Paint Pots and RMS Eye Polishes are all fantastically blendable textures that give a great sheen without looking gloopy or sweaty.

To wash off a heavy eye, I’ll use a bit of micellar water from any brand before cleansing everything else, so I don’t smear it everywhere. For my face I devotedly cleanse with Joëlle Ciocco’s Lait Onctueux, which I first read about on Into The Gloss years ago. It's a cream that dissolves into an oil as you massage it into your face, so it’s the best of both worlds...plus, it forces me to do a bit of lymphatic massage. I am not that fussy when it comes to toners, as long as they're pH balancing. I've learned nothing more emphatically than not to be too harsh on my skin, no matter its condition—but I always like to swipe something around before I moisturize.

For haircare, it’s Davines, hands down. I lost a lot of my hair a few years ago and I swear it has changed my life. I make everyone I know buy it the Oi Shampoo and Conditioner, plus the hair milk, and they never turn back. But perfume is my truest beauty love. Le Labo is my favorite, I always get compliments when I'm wearing Santal 33, which I layer with their massage oil if I’m feeling special. Last week, I went to meet perfumier Azzi Glasser and she gave me the perfume that Tom Hardy wears, Sequoia Wood. It’s hard not to start spraying it on my pillows like a creep, it’s that sexy. In the summer, I go for the ambery Byredo Bal D’Afrique, or their Gypsy Water.

Work can be hard to switch off, so I like to take baths to unwind. I have a lot of bubble bath...Fig+Yarrow Mustard Soak if my dermatitis is playing up (chic!), Susanne Kaufmann Bath Oil if I want to treat myself, and Radox for the everyday. But watching Friday Night Lights in the tub, with my laptop balanced on the bin, is a pretty stellar option for me."

—as told to ITG

Letters from editors: Daria Burkova recommends wearing sunscreen to bed, Luciana Caramia layers serums for maximum repair and Pamela Katz endorses cannabis perfume oil in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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