Nude Basics

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Everyone searches for the one nude lip and the one nude nail polish that adds that touch of elegance and chicness to a look. While I keep on looking, there are a few lip selections that I always fall back to, and one nail choice I added this year.

The NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Isola Bella isn't what most people would consider a nude, since it doesn't really look like a 'my-lips-but-better' shade. It is, however, a perfect mix of beigey-nude and coral, if that makes sense. NARS describe it as a 'peach beige'. It looks vaguely orange in some lights, but this doesn't show up on the lips, or at least not mine. For a satin formula, this lasts really well during the day, although I find I do need to reapply after eating. If you bought the NARS Lip Coffret that was out at Christmas, you might think it looks similar to the Torres Del Paine and the Descanso pencils that came in that set. After swatching though , Torres Del Paine shows up very salmon-pink toned, and Descanso shows up as an apricot-pink with a tiny tiny bit of beige. Isola Bella is such an easy shade to pick up and put on, I always carry it with me wherever I go (you can probably tell, by how battered it looks on the outside). This is a brilliant nude for me.

The Burberry Lip Cover in English Rose on the other hand is a much more of a typical nude, which leans a bit mauve, while still having a slightly brown undertone. This is definitely my go-to for a MLBB shade. The formula is very moisturising and goes on without pulling. It's not so sheer that it's pointless, but it's not glittery either. It is definitely the lipstick I reach for when I want a pulled-together look, or for a day where I'm focusing my makeup on my eyes but still want some kind of colour on my lips. Also, look at the beautiful packaging, which snaps together shut magnetically. If I do have one complaint, it's the slightly old-lady scent that this has, but since I love and rely on this lipstick so much, I just ignore it.

I tend to go for brown or beige undertoned nude colours because they go better with my natural lip colour.

The one seeming exception I have here is the YSL Gloss Volupte in 203 Corail Gandoura. In the tube and on paper, it looks a very bright coral. On my lips however, it calms down to a very sheer pinky-coral, that with its gloss texture, adds a very faint brightening tint that has only a hint of colour. I find this a great colour to put on when I want to add a very light touch of colour to my lips-I'd say this is a great lazy-face-day product!

With nude nails however, I've had much less luck. Generally nude pinks or whites don't tend to work with my skintone, which I've found really annoying. Every girl wants a nude nail colour to complete certain looks. Well, a Dior spring release entered my life recently and I couldn't be happier. Dior Vernis in Lady 294 is a beautiful muted, dusty pink that I think would suit most skintones. It sort of has a skin-like undertone which I think helps it go with different skintones. Dior polish formulas are amongst the best in my opinion, so it's very easy to apply. The shade and finish definitely live up to its name. This was part of Dior's Spring 2015 finish, but I think you are able to get it still from Selfridges .

I'll admit, most of my lipsticks are bright reds and pinks, and my nail polishes are shades of every other colour, but there's definitely something about having a perfect nude.


  1. i'm dying to try the nars lip pencils, these shades all look lovely :)

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  2. NARS lip pencils are some of the best lip products around in my opinion!