Charlotte Rampling and Penelope Cruz, two stunning women who wear their lip look well.
Light eyes and dark lips; dark eyes and nude lips.
These combinations work, and as I get older, I don’t look for alternatives. When I need a lift I opt for the dark lips. When I am feeling more inclined to make up the eyes, I am searching for my nude lip colours. I have a myriad of nude shades – slightly different – and depending on my mood they can be lighter or matter and even slightly shinier.
The dark shades have me searching for my pencils – colour in the lines – kind of idea and making sure to never venture out of the lines. I have these long-time loves in every colour, but the Cassis, Bare and Rich Nude are my most worn down.
As for other nude shades, I try many, but still prefer my pencils for ease of application and overall texture. There is one exception, Cherish by Mac.
I’m also a late adopter of the Hourglass Crayon – ok, totally fabulous and wonderful colours. Icon, Liberator and Visionary are my go-to dark shades. Fancy a bit more shine? Try their lip treatment oil in Icon. Idealist is the nude I wear from Hourglass.
** Choose your reds according to your skin tone and watch out for the blue/purple tones, they can be unforgiving. A little warmth but not too much is the way to go. Over the decades I have tried so many shades of red and have it pretty much down now. Don’t be afraid to blend the reds; mix it up a little. If it doesn’t work we can always wipe and start again.
What better pick me up, freshen up, mood enhancer, face brightener and generally all-round bang for our buck than a fresh new shade? Eyes next. xv
Dark Versus Nude Lips
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