Get the Look- Nude Lips

Get the Look- Nude Lips

Lately I've been loving nude lips. They're elegant and can be worn year round. They're bold yet understated. You don't necessarily notice that someone is wearing nude lipstick, but it never fails to pull a look together that needs a little extra umpf. Today, I've created a simple look with nude lips.

After I complete my skincare routine I apply this Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to create a smooth surface for my foundation and to help keep my makeup from slipping throughout the day. Next, I apply my Tient Miracle Foundation by Lancôme with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is similar to the BeautyBlender. 2 pumps usually does the trick for me with this foundation. It has a dewy finish and medium to full coverage. It doesn't build well but it does cover the majority of my redness. Any other spots I have I cover with concealer.

I like using the complexion sponge* to apply my foundation because I can press the foundation into my skin rather than buffing it in with a brush. Because my skin tends to be dry buffing foundation in with a brush causes the foundation to catch on any dry, flakey sections of my face. Patting the foundation on with the sponge* helps alleviate that problem.

After I apply my foundation all over I use concealer under my eyes, around my nose (I tend to have redness here) and on any zits or acne scars I may have. I apply it directly with the concealer brush and then blend it in with my sponge*. My go-to concealer is the L'Oréal True Match Super Blendable Concealer

When all of my foundation and concealer are applied I like to set it with a powder. Today I'm using the NYX Blotting Powder which is a pressed powder. It's not my all time favorite powder by any means but it does the trick. To apply it I have been loving the Real Techniques Setting Brush. It's small which is perfect because I don't like to apply powder all over. I only use it under my eyes to set my concealer, along my t-zone focusing on my chin and nose and on any spots I covered with concealer. 

After my base is done I move onto brows. I have been blessed with naturally full brows (as a child I never thought I would say that) and I'm not going for a statement brow. Therefore, I'm just going to stick to my Benefit Gimme Brow to keep everything in place. If your brows are more sparse you can use your favorite method of filling in your brows. 

Next I move onto my lips. This may seem out of order for some of you. And usually it would be out of order for me as well. But because this look is focusing on my lips as the center I want to build the rest of the look around that. By applying lipstick first I can avoid applying too much eye makeup and blush. 

Before I apply my lipstick I always use a moisturizer of some sort. I like using Aquaphor but you can use a regular lip balm. If my lips are especially dry I use a lip scrub, like this one from Tarte. But today they're feeling alright so I just stuck to the Aquaphor. 

After this I can move onto my lip color. I chose this Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in the color Sultry. It comes in a crayon which makes it really easy to apply. I love all of the ColorBurst Balms. Even the matte ones are moisturizing and have great color payoff. 

After seeing the color I decided to keep the eyes simple and just applied mascara to my top and bottom lashes to wake up my face a bit. Instead of focusing my time on my eyes I decided to get a little crazy and use my NYX Wonder Stick. When I first tried this I was surprised it worked because of how fair I am. Usually the contour color is much too dark and the highlight is not nearly light enough. This one gives me a nice subtle contour.

Today I applied the contour color under my cheekbones, under my jawline and along my hairline. The highlighter was applied on my cheekbones, along my jawline, on my brow bone, and along my cupids bow. After each color was swiped on I used my sponge to blend it all out. 

To help my makeup last all day I use a light powder bronzer to set the contour. I don't use a translucent powder because I don't want to dull the color of the contour. I'm using the color Dim Light from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit.

I want to brighten up my face a bit so I'm using a blush on my cheeks called Luminous Flush from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit. This color is highly pigmented so I suggest using a light hand when applying.

And there you have it! This look is beautifully versatile and works well in every season! It can even be dressed up by adding some eyeshadow and liner.

How do you like to wear a nude lip? Let's discuss in the comments!

My Morning Skincare Routine- Spring 2016

My Morning Skincare Routine- Spring 2016