My Lips Don’t Lie
Am I the only person who tends to wear the same make-up all year round? It took me long enough to figure things out in the first place! In terms of my face, I was probably the most apprehensive about wearing colourful lipstick (I even looked through dodgy old Facebook pictures to confirm this). I had the barely-there brows, the silver cream-to-powder eyeshadow but stuck to clear lipgloss as the safe option. I’m not sure whether I’d inadvertently internalised media messages and just felt weird drawing attention to my lips.
Thanks to social media, I’ve changed my point of view. I went through the stage where I’d wear red at every possible moment (and end up with it on my teeth) before the conversations around redefining ‘nude’ started to happen. I began to search for a version that suited me, which has been no mean feat. It takes a fair bit of detective work to find the right nudes when you’re black and even when I find something close, it can look a bit wrong and pale. Part of me isn’t sure whether it’s actually accurate or if I’m just not used to it.
I’ve found that it all comes down to personal preference. Sometimes it’s about having a decent lip pencil, finding the colour that is formulated with the right pigments or just being defiant enough to not care about any rules. I prefer to go for a ‘my lips but better’ scenario, sticking to browny-reds that feel like I barely have anything on. Since sharing is caring, I thought I’d list a few of the colours that I’ve been wearing loads. Depending on your skin tone, they may look a little different but the brands are well worth checking out for having a decent amount of variation.
Photos by Georgia
Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick In Mantra (£18) – Hurrah for Bare Minerals! Even though they’ve discontinued my beloved Maverick from their Marvellous Moxxie range, they’ve now got even more options for darker skin tones with the Gen Nude collection. There’s something for everyone in every formula. I also love their Flirt gloss (a pale colour that doesn’t make me look ill) and matte Swank (a lovely moisturising liquid lipstick).
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Gloss in Dazzle (£6.99) – This may look a bit 80s from the tube but don’t fear. Dazzle is a lovely reddy-brown colour with a decent amount of staying power. It’s often on 3 for 2, so worth picking up alongside their True Match Foundation and powder (plus those all important points).
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in Smoking Plum (£27) – More than just pretty packaging (though it does make a flatlay look a little more exciting), the Rouge Volupte range is perfect if you find traditional lipsticks a little too drying. It’s long lasting and has a moisturising formula thanks to ingredients like pomegranate oil and macadamia butter. You won’t want to stop smelling it.
Bourjois Colour Boost in Sweet Macchiato (£8) – Still a favourite after almost two years! This is probably what I compare most lip colours to when I’m shopping, as it’s so tricky for me to find a tone that doesn’t make my lips look odd. It’s a failsafe everyday colour that lasts for ages and also contains SPF.
MDMFlow Liquid Lipstick in Ninety Four (£25) – This is a bit of a bittersweet one for me. I’ve fallen in love with the colour of Ninety Four even though an orangey hue isn’t what I’d usually go for. I do find the formula a little drying though. I’m trying to make it work by moisturising beforehand and adding some lip balm over the top (if you’ve tried this, I need all your tips). I think the trick is to let it dry properly, it’s super pigmented and the range is formulated with darker skin tones in mind so that no colour intensity is lost.
Which ‘nude’ lip colours do you swear by?