Nothing says low-key like a nude lip, but there’s so many shades of nude available on the beauty market these days that they’ve become a feature focus in themselves. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Kylie Jenner brown-pink nude shades (maybe not the overdrawing though, that’s an art in itself – ain’t nobody got time for that in the morning) and after years of brown not being a flattering colour to wear  next to the teeth, it’s finally been reworked into what is probably my favourite nude shade to wear since starting my lipstick obsession.

What I love about a nude lip is that you can go from something really basic and easy to slick on, to something more worked and perfected for a special occasion. From a simple balm to a three-step finish, there are endless possibilities when choosing your own personal nude ‘your lips but better’ shade, and I’ve finally cultivated my own little selection of nudes that will solve any make-up problem in a flash.

For the ‘barely there’ moisturising quick fix  I am really obsessed with Sleek’s True Colour Lipstick in Liqueur, it’s perfect for adding a hint of colour with a slight metallic edge that is huge this season. The formula is very nourishing so if you’re into a minimal look, this is perfect to swipe on quickly for a hint of something something when on the run or to compliment a smokey eye. It’s also under £5 so you need this bargain in your bag now!

For the long-lasting multi-purpose liners to rock on their own  Rimmel really know how to do a bargain liner dupe, and if you’re still on the hunt for Whirl, Spice or Stone from MAC then you need to get yourself down to Boots now to pick up these shades ASAP! In the recent Boots 3 for 2 deal, I finally got my paws on (L-R) Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses in Tiramisu, Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction, and Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses in Cappuccino and they are perfect both under a lipstick to add a deeper brown-pink hue to the shade for that modern 90’s vibe or a more evening finish, and also on their own over a bit of balm for a matte long lasting colour. I love to mix two of the liners at a time for a more ombre and fuller looking pout, plus they get a load of compliments too – winner winner, lipstick sinner.

For the concealer lips throwback  Oh concealer and foundation lips, you were such a huge part of my life (and a big cause of my dry lips). Once I had grown out of the habit of layering up my foundation on my mouth, I looked for a more acceptable way to tone down and lighten my lips and I really love the pale peach finish of MAC Myth. This does look better with a bit of a tan and bronze, or if you’re really going all 90’s then line your lips in a mauve-brown shade first and layer this on top – hits the trends on the head. I like to pull this out now and again for nostalgia, and I have to admit, it still has a place in my tanned skin and smokey eyes heart.

For the any occasion, holy grail ‘my lips but better’ shade I can’t live without  Big claims, but all well deserved in my opinion. You’ve probably heard me bang on about CHANEL Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle enough times now, so I’ll just give you the jist – a perfectly balanced formula between matte and creamy, the pink-brown shade with hints of mauve enhances the lip’s colour for a bit of added depth that looks amazing against the skin, is easy to apply and reapply all day if you so wish, and looks incredible over any lip liner shade; brown, red, pink, nude, you got the lip liner, it’ll work! It creates such a unique shade on each person, and it’s super flattering and an absolute handbag essential. For £25, it’s the priciest of the lot, but you are paying for a flawless nude formula that won’t disappoint.

Nudes, you can’t go wrong with them. Whether you’re rocking it for work, dinner, with a tan or a winter complexion, there’s a shade and finish to suit every need. Experiment with pink, brown and mauve based tones, and find your nude lip essential to last a lifetime. Now, to perfect the Jenner lip or not?….

Are you a fan of nude lipsticks? What kind of shade do you like to wear? Do you have lip essentials you can’t live without?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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