At some point in time, many moons, ago, someone decided that nude lips were a good idea. By nude, they meant beige. They achieved this by using concealer on their lips as either a base or a stand-alone product. This look pops back into fashion every once in a while (usually to accompany a smokey eye or ’60s graphic eyeliner look) and it used to fill me with fear, even though it tends to be much more toned down now. I have dark lips like a vampire. It’s no fun because the majority of lipsticks don’t show up properly on my lips AND (and this is worse) a dramatic eye look can make me look a bit…transvestite-y. Not that I have anything against transvestites (they go to more effort than the rest of us), but I’m a girl. I want to look like one.
I wish I could be a wearer of shades like Creme Cup or Hue, but they make me look a bit rabid. You know how you can get that white line on the inside of your lips from lipgloss? I get that from nude lipsticks. It looks pretty sexy, let me tell you. Now, don’t worry, for this story has a happy ending. I found my perfect nude, and in a rather unexpected place. I bought, on Tanya Burr’s recommendation, Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Pink Brown. It’s nude but a bit darker, without actually being brown. Awesome. I thought would be the closest I’d get to the perfect nude lip for me, because it was a pretty good – my only issues were that it was a bit chalky/matte and made me look a bit ashy (and by ashy, I mean dead. I love being pale).
I watched a video (can’t remember which one, they’re hundreds) which featured NYX’s Beige lipgloss and always thought hmm, that looks nice, but only got round to purchasing it the other week. One of the most popular comments people made on the gloss were asking why it was called beige when in fact, it’s pink.
It’s because NYX made it especially for me. Yes, it looks beige-y on me. Not beige beige (if that makes any sense) but beige enough for me to realise why they called it beige. I’ve said beige a lot. Beige. On top of Pink Brown, it’s my perfect pinky nude. It’s much darker than, creme cup, say but it does what a nude lip was designed for, i.e. make your lips look very natural and not try to out-compete your eyes.
On the subject of trends, I have a worry. 60s make up’s lovely, ’40s and ’50s makeup is divine, ’80s makeup is ok if it’s toned down a little, but can we please leave 90s makeup where it is? I don’t mind a bit of heavy natural, but we don’t want a return to baby-pink-lipstick-with-maroon-lipliner.
And on that horrific note, laters.