The perfect nude lip shade should flatter your skin tone and light up your face, not drain it of life. Not all nudes are for every lip. Keep in mind that different skin tones require lip color palettes specifically designed for them.
Bare, naked, and au natural.
The perfect nude lipstick can make your face look fresh and youthful, but a lot of brides get it wrong and pick something too light, too opaque, or too beige. For most brides, it can be a daunting task finding the right nude lip stick. The best wear a nude shade is to match your skin’s undertone: pink undertones can use pinky undertones, neutral undertones can use peachy undertones, and yellow undertones are flattered by peach, copper and gold nudes. Here are my tips for choosing the best bridal nude lipstick for your skin tone:
TIPS for the perfect nude lip:
How to find the perfect shade, with a little help from the Art of Beauty by Aradia.
To smoothen your pucker, start by exfoliating your lips and then layering on a moisturizing balm. Apply a clear makeup primer around the perimeter of your mouth before you put on your lipstick to keep it from feathering.Taking an extra minute to prep your lips can be the difference between a nude lip that looks pretty and one that looks pasty.
I am a huge advocate of lip liner. It’s my wedding kiss-proof secret weapon!
Layering liner underneath lipstick is a tried-and-true trick for prolonging lip color. For a polished finish choose a lip-liner that is as close as possible to your lipstick. The trick is to gently use you pencil to sketch along the Cupid’s bow first and outline the rest your mouth (even more gently) by using the side rather than the tip of a pencil. The end result will look natural without any harsh lines. Try to match your lip liner to your kissing lipstick nude shade to perfect your lip shape and make your lipstick stay in place from the ceremony ‘til the reception.
Apply lip color with a lip brush because it allows you to blend your lipstick with greater precision, getting right into the inner corners of your mouth, for that perfect pout. Apply your lipcolor by starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide brush across the entire bottom lip.
Matte lipstick leaves a lasting, liquid finish.
Reality check: Regardless of picking the best nude lipstick for your skin-tone, almost all colors and shades in this category tend not to last very long. Fortunately, their subtle nature makes it difficult for someone to notice when they fade. However, to get long-lasting color with a velvety matte finish, layer a liquid lipstick over a base of lip pencil in the same shade for longer staying power. These liquefied and concentrated versions of a traditional lipstick offer pigments that are intense and saturated.
The right pinkish nude can immediately enhance your bridal beauty.
If you have a fair skin tone: Try a sheer, light taupe, a shimmery beige or a nude with a hint of pink in it. Just make sure to steer clear of orangey nudes, which can make paler complexions appear sallow. Shimmering and incandescent pigments will create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller without being too intense.
Subtle and subdued.
If you have a medium skin tone: Try a golden-beige shade with orange undertones to enhance your olive complexion.When choosing your perfect bridal lipstick just remember if it looks nude in the tube, then it’s probably too light and it will look like concealer on your lips. Look for a pinkish-brown lip liner to neutralize your natural lip color and brighten your skin tone. Filled in completely to creates the perfect base for your bridal pout.
The right nude can transform a lip look from simply pretty to jaw-droppingly stunning.
If you have a darker skin tone: Avoid shades that are lighter than your skin color, as they will make your lips look ashy. Try out dark beiges to soft chocolate shades, If your lips are naturally highly pigmented try a caramel brown to counteract your own lip color so you can make them look more nude. If your top lip is darker than the bottom one, you’ll want to even out the color by filling in your entire mouth with a soft brown lip pencil and blending a dusty rose-brown lipstick on top.
It’s not always easy to achieve the right nude look with just one lip color, sometimes you’ll have to layer colors using a lip-liner or another lipstick shade to obtain the perfect nude.
To keep lipstick off your teeth just stick your finger in your mouth, wrap your lips around it, and pull it out. Any lipstick that would have gotten on your teeth will be left on your finger.
For touch-ups you’ll want to blot and re-apply your lipstick. Use a tissue to blot away the old layer to absorb excess oils and emollients. Take a powder brush and dip into translucent loose powder and stipple the brush over the tissue against the lips. The thin tissue will allow enough powder to reach the lips. This will help set the color for longer wear.
Avoid applying too much lip gloss. Despite making lips look lush, glosses contain low pigment and tend to dilute when layered over your lipstick.
What are my favorite nudes for creating stellar bridal looks?
For fair skin I love Nude Ballet #601 from: Extraordinaire by Colour Riche – Lipstick By L’Oreal Paris
For medium skin I love Delicate Lace from : L’Absolu Rouge – Lipstick by Lancome
For dark skin I love Half ’n Half from MAC: Lipstick | MAC Cosmetics – Official Site
About The “Nude” Art of Bridal Beauty By ARADIA
When it comes to the nude look, using lighting techniques, deep pigments and high quality products is the trick.
Not only does a nude lip compliment a dramatic eye, it can also enhance your dewy-fresh all-nude make-up for the big day—the natural hue is as versatile as its colorful counterparts. Most brides I meet really want to look like themselves, so consequently the nude look is highly requested. Now, that doesn’t mean that this popular bridal look doesn’t require make up. Actually it takes expertly makeup—maybe even a little contouring and a few false lashes—to look beautifully bare-faced.
Due to all the photographs that will be taken of you, you’ll want your nude lips to be sheer so they looks more alive, so steer clear of formulas that are too matte, which can appear almost mannequin-like in photos. As pro makeup artist who has been working with brides for over 20 years, I have mastered and perfected this iconic look with all the tricks needed to achieve it. I can guide you through the overwhelming world of beiges, taupes, toffees, and caramels to help you get it just right. Because while it may seem like a simple, effortless bridal look, perfection lies in finding the right shade of nude that matches your lip and skin tone immaculately—one that makes the most of your natural beauty.
Contact me today for a trial run to see how you can pull off your favorite natural-looking makeup look for your big day.
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Posted September 12th, 2016. Add a comment
Looking For A Fresh & Natural Look For Your Wedding? Then let your natural beauty take center stage. There is a whole new world of cosmetics and tools available now that make bridal make-up look like real skin and not artificial.
An ultra natural, fresh bridal make up look is only possible if the skin glows and all features are balanced. Continue Reading…
The lighting… The glow… The goddess-y sheen! Oh how we love the sun-kissed bridal look.
“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.”
Golden Bridal Goddess Makeup & Hair… It’s all about bronzed skin, highlighter, gold eyeshadow, and shimmery nude lips—it’s sensually perfect and oh so right for the Summer bride. These glowing looks serve as major bridal beauty inspiration. Continue Reading…
As a professional makeup artist dedicated to brides, I rely on traditional, tried-and-true techniques to achieve modern, fashion-forward results, in order to create clean, iconic looks. Looking for the perfect classic yet modern look for your wedding? The following tips will help give you a gorgeous makeup application that will effortlessly blend the romantic, classic bridal style with modern sophistication.
The most important thing about this look is the use of tones; subtle hints of color make all the difference. Continue Reading…
New Makeup Shades In Rose That Look Amazing on Every Skin Tone
Think rosy tones are for the shy and demure? Think again. Come and be inspired with these wedding bridal makeup ideas! This year offers the absolute symbol of femininity and seduction with all its rose-colored palettes.
It’s all about fresh, radiant rose colors that will last the whole day.
The shade of rose is ideal for fairer tones with its opalescent sheen; Pink Champagne energizes fair to medium skin with a healthy glow; and Rosy Peaches are so reviving for medium to dark complexions. The general rule for picking the right shade of rose – whether your skin tone is fair, medium, or dark – is to stick to hues within two shades (lighter or darker) of your natural lip, cheek, and eyelid colors. Continue Reading…
New York Fashion Week is over and while the eight-day extravaganza may seem like one giant blur, there were definitely a few stand out moments in beautiful makeup.Bridal Makeovers presents a few of our favorite creative styles and trends. It’s all about the makeup tricks from Fashion Week that you can use for your wedding.
Backstage at Oscar de la Renta, New York Fashion Week
We love magical, ethereal beauty that’s not afraid to take a chance. Continue Reading…
Happy 4th of July to My Dearest Brides! The heat can wreak havoc on your bridal makeup. So how can you stop from having a meltdown during your big day?
Red, white and blue makeup is fun to rock on the 4th of July!
Top Tips for Freedom from Makeup Meltdowns
Keep in mind that heavy, oil-based cosmetics do not wear well in hot weather. Light, shear and waterproof makeup will stay in place longer.
So, always begin with a good skincare regimen. Giving yourself a mask once a week will promote healthy regenerating skin cells, smooth surface skin and a glow because you got rid of all the dead cells.
During the summer, your skin produces more moisture naturally. Heavy creams and thick lotions can make you feel like your skin is suffocating. An essential product for the blazing summer heat (especially recommended for those with oily skin) is an oil free mattifying moisturizer.
Always carry a spritzer to hydrate your skin during those summer months this helps your skin stay hydrated, look dewy and yes even set the makeup you have on. Misting your face with rose water also helps to set your makeup and keep it in place.
Wearing a good primer helps to create barrier between your skin and your makeup, thereby helping your makeup to stay put.
Translucent Powder helps control shine and help sets makeup making it a definite summer staple.
Consider using oil-blotting sheets as they help absorb excess moisture without smudging your makeup.
And finally, waterproof makeup, specifically eyeliner and mascara, helps prevent smudging.
Get The Look
Don’t be afraid to kick off the Fourth of July with a beauty look as bold as the fireworks in tonight’s sky. Apply a bold scarlet color on the lips, this color lipstick was designed for the Fourth of July! The hot beauty trend this summer is to skip the black eyeliner. It’s just too harsh. Instead, try a deeper-hued shade of blue. Navy or indigo works great.
Keep in mind that blue eyeliner can make blue eyes pop! A navy blue works really well as a chic and modern alternative smokey eye. The best part is that these hot hues are totally wearable, whether you’re a blonde, redhead, or brunette.
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My “camera ready” techniques will have you looking exceptionally radiant on your big day. And of course, your makeup will be water/sweat-resistant, with guaranteed lasting power well through the event.
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If you think pastels are just a pale, sweet cliché, let this be a lesson. Romantic, soft hues and delicate pastels create a gorgeous bridal makeup look!
How to make the trendy, yet classic, pastel beauty look wearable for your wedding.
Rose, blush, pink – in fact, all shades of spun-sugar and ballerina slippers, dominated the faces of the models walking the summer ’14 runways. And if you are not sure how to create this look, no worries. Staying on trend will be as easy as picking up an eye shadow palette that contains both a taupe and soft pinks to create the look.
- To avoid tired-looking eyes, go lighter on the brown when applying on the bottom lids.
- If you want to play around with the trend, but are looking for a more toned down romantic look, you can use pale pink to achieve a smashingly hip effect.
- Start with a monochromatic palette. For cheeks, take inspiration from fresh blooms and pretty pastel hues of pale, blush toned roses.
What makes pastel pink lipstick not look like something you’d see in a Nicki Minaj music video?
Undertones that are less white and more purple.
- Tone down pastel eye shadow with a heavy black lash and a nude lip.
- Opt for pearl or crystal, shimmery shadows in delicate pastel shades for a lovely sophisticated finish to your bridal eyes.
- Complete your soft romantic makeup look with a stylish tousled ‘do.
Trained in fashion and photographic work bridal and magazines, I believe that makeup is a bride’s secret weapon because of its ability to make you feel amazing on one of the most amazing days of your life! Even after more than 20 years as a makeup artist working in the bridal, fashion and beauty industry, I am constantly excited by the incredible transformative power of makeup.
Working with a selection of top makeup brands and offering fantastic bridal packages, our aim is to help you look the “Most amazing you have ever looked in your life” on your special day, in your own comfortable environment.
Bridal Makeovers by Aradia – Serving South Florida brides for more then two decades.
What’s a bride to do? It’s winter, and with the cold and wind and snow comes ashy, pale, dry, scaly winter skin. If you moisturize too much, you risk acne and product build-up. If you don’t moisturize enough, you have dry, itchy skin by the end of the day.
Brides Need To Be More Protective Of Their Skin!
No worries, try these tips:
Since Winter’s temperatures creates a blustery affect on bridal skin, my top picks are all skin care based. A richer moisturizer is mandatory both day and night to replenish and rehydrate. Continue Reading…
Posted January 21st, 2014. Add a comment
Beauty enthusiasts rejoice! It’s that time of year again. The holidays are a time for glamour and glitz so glam it up this season with Bridal Makeovers!
Don’t underestimate the importance of high shimmer during the holidays!
When it comes to beauty, the holidays are the most fun and festive time of the year! Who can resist a set of flirty lashes, glittery lids or a pair of cherry red lips? Continue Reading…
Posted December 21st, 2013. Add a comment