HOW TO: Look Good in the Nude

It's TOP TUESDAY! What's that you ask?  Well.. the plan is to post my Top/Favorite products in a different category every Tuesday.
((I also woke up to find out its NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY... I've had this post planned for a week.. what a fun coincidence!))

I'm sorry, I couldn't think of ANY other title for this post ;)... if you are looking for a LGN diet... I apologize if I've missled you. This post is about LIPSTICK.

Today I'm featuring my favorite nudes. I haven't always been a 'nude' fan. I am more of a bold lip kind of girl, but this summer I have fallen in love... Nothing says "I didn't even try to be this gorgeous.. it just happened" like a good nude lip:). But, not all nudes are created equal. There are orange nudes, brown nudes, pinky nudes.. sheer, pigmented, the options are endless. Some of you might see these photos and say "um.. those are all exactly the same!" but let me tell you.. they are not! 

After going through my collection, I've decided to review 12 of my favorites for you with lip swatches and skin swatches. I tried to include a variety of shades so you can pick and choose depending on your skin tone/preference. 


*before you see the lip swatches let me throw out a little disclaimer... its really really hard to get a good picture of your lips. I usually get a bit grossed out by upclose lip pictures but.. at the same time I appreciate seeing the colors on an actual mouth rather than someones arm so.. I tried to overcome my issues to take these pictures :)

Dark Nudes

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Coral Britannia : $5.47 One of my favorite shades! This gorgeous pinky- coral - peach - nude is very moisturizing and keeps my lips hydrated. 
Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Decadent:  $7.49 This is the peeerfect nude shade. Not to light, not to dark, it would look good on just about anyones skin tone. This is definetly a contender for my #1 spot. 
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Lets Get Naked (705): $5.47 I say 705, because there are two lipsticks called Lets Get Naked from Rimmel, 705 and 644, the 644 is a bit more pink, while the 705 has more coral/brown in it. I thought this would be  a bit to dark for someone as pale as me, but it looks gorgeous and reads very coral on my lips, but if you were much more tan than I am, this would be a great nude for you as well! 
Milani Dulce Caramelo:  $5.49 A pretty 'Nude Brown Pearl' I'm not one to usually reach for a pearlescent shade, but this one isn't to iridescent, and would look beautiful on women with darker skin tones. 

Light Nudes
Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Charm: $9.49 A true nude color, I would describe this as 'your lips but better', as it doesn't have a huge color pay off. 
MAC Creme D'Nude: $16.00 An oldie but a goodie. I LOVE this nude... in the winter. It is a bit too light for me in summer time, but it still is one of my all time favorite nudes. 
Maybelline Color Elixr  in Glistening Amber:  $8.99 Gorgeous orangey/brown nude gloss. Looks great alone or over any nude lipstick. 
MAC Shy Girl: $16.00 "Creamy Neutral Coral Beige"  I am OBSESSED with this lipstick.  I wear it all day every day. It reads as a gorgeous coral on fair girls like me but isn't too warm in tone, so it would look great on a variety of skin tones.  

Pinky Nudes
Maybelline The Elixr in Im Blushing:  $8.99 Yes.. this is technically a pink.. but when worn alone it leaves the perfect amount of pigment on your lips, they aren't PINK, instead they are clearly nude, with the perfect pink sheen. Sooo pretty.
MAC Creme Cup: $16.00 Very pretty pink, but definitely a natural shade of pink, which is why I classify it as a 'nude'. As with all mac lipsticks it wears for around 3 hours, and smells like vanilla.  If your a pink kind of girl and have been afraid that a nude will make you look washed out.. I suggest this color!
MAC Angel: $16.00 VERY similar to Creme Cup, but with more pink tones.  The color is very buildable, but you can apply a sheer wash to create a perfect pinky nude tone.
L'Oreal Privee Colection Julianne's Nude: $8.99 I LOVE all the Privee Collection, but I didn't include any others in this review because they are quite similar to some of the nudes I've already listed. I really love Juliannes nude though, it is described as a "barely peach shade" meant to "enhance the radiance of pale pink skin tones" So for all you SUPER fair girls out there.. this would be perfect!

Am I missing any nudes out there that NEED to be in my top 12?? If I am, help a girl out and leave me a suggestion in the comments. Thanks for reading... if you don't wanna miss out on another Top Tuesday be sure to subscribe!!! ((big black B on the right side bar))


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