Dare to bear

If you read the fashion and style mags you will be aware that nude lipstick is everywhere. On some women it can look good. The thinking behind this trend is that it looks more natural than brighter coloured lipstick. Not sure I agree. No one’s lips are nude. We all have some pigmentation, hence the fact that a colour that works on a friend may look totally different on you. Allied to the huge amount of nude lipsticks on offer is that other trend. Matt lips.

dark nude lips

Dark Nude Matt

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Pale Nude Matt

If you want to wear matt lipstick you really need to have fairly full lips. Unlike a gloss lipstick a matt finish has the effect of flattening the lips and making them less prominent. Also, as women age their lips can tend to lose their plumpness and look thinner.

maybelline nude matt

Maybelline Nude Matt

The Maybelline lipstick has a totally matt finish and does wear well. The MAC in ‘Patisserie’ (below) has a very slight shimmer and in my view is more flattering.

MAC patisserie slight shimmer

 My preferred choice, especially if your lips are not full, is to go for the NARS or Chanel lipstick as they subtly highlight your lips and are not totally nude.

NARS niagara slight gloss

NARS in ‘Niagara’

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Coco Shine in ’93 Intime’

I always feel that lipstick completes your makeup. It should complement and be in a colour that suits you. In my opinion nude lipstick is the opposite of natural and matt lipstick only works on full well defined lips.

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