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Nude Lips

The perfect nude lip can look elegant and effortless. However, the wrong shade can actually make you look worse. Here's how to choose your best buff!

"It's effortless. It's sexy. It's clean. You're going to see it at the gala, you're going to see it while you're at the grocery store," says image consultant Cliff McAden of The Cos Bar.

Although it looks easy, there are some know-how's!

First, exfoliate with a creme, small brush, or toothbrush. Then, follow with moisturizer to avoid a chalky look.

Next, apply concealer on your lips and also just outside your lip line to make your lips look plump and add staying power to your color. To make things even easier, use the same concealer you use under your eyes.

Cliff says some people skip lip liner, but this is one of the most important steps. Liner ensures your nude lips don't disappear. So pick a shade slightly darker than your skin tone. To make it look natural and avoid that harsh line, use the edge of your lip pencil instead of the tip.

Finally, it's time for color!

Fair Skin:

  • Look for soft pinks, peaches, and apricots
  • Avoid anything too light
Shown on the model:
  • Armani Rouge D'Armani Lipstick in Beige 106
  • Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in 30 Golden Satin
Golden Skin:
  • Go for creamy carmel tones or warm beiges
  • Avoid gray or silvery nudes
Shown on the model:
  • NARS Lip Liner Pencil in Morocco
  • Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipcolour in 102
  • Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in 54 Golden Sand
Dark Skin:
  • Think carmel, coffee, or golden brown
  • Avoid light frosty pinks
Shown on the model:
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Marina
  • Le Metier Lip Gloss Lip Crème in Cocoa Crème
Yellow Undertones:
  • Look for light beiges, latte, or mocha
  • Avoid anything too chalky or pale
Shown on the model:
  • La Prairie Luxe Lip Liner Automatique in Nude
  • NARS Sheer Lipstick in Viva Las Vegas
  • Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Beach
Olive Skin:
  • From beige to bronze to pink, you can wear almost any shade you like!
Shown on the model:
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Calliope
  • NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tashkent
  • NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight
More info:
Cliff McAden
Image Consultant
The Cos Bar (at The Woodlands)

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