Beauty Trends

The New Nudes – nearly naked lip colours you make up wardrobe’s missing

Nude lip lovers – rejoice! This summer’s latest lipstick crop has some of prettiest pale hues we’ve encountered, plus a few stronger statement shades…

As much as an iconic red lip looks utterly traffic-stopping, there is also a case to be made for dramatic eyes with a pale lip à la Jean Shrimpton – which one may say is just as dazzling. Tragically these nude lip shades tend to often go overlooked by beauty companies in favour of their ‘prima donna reds’ – with the odd lighter shade thrown in as an afterthought. Yet a good nude lip is like a decent pair of brows in its ability to transform a face without being immediately noticeable (and can subtly augment the shape of your lips for a plumped-up effect). So we were pleased as punch to find several new launches for spring that are not only eye-catching but über flattering…

Few brands know how to nail a nude like our beloved {Huda Beauty}. They’ve recently added to their famous liquid lipsticks with the {Liquid Matte Nude Love Collection}, a quartet of nudes that are the pink of perfection. Boasting the same budge-proof formula and vivid Insta-worthy pigment as their predecessors, we’re currently coveting ‘Wifey’ – it’s the ultimate dusky rose hue.

Also flying the flag for understated lip colour are {NYX Professional Make Up} with their {Lingerie Liquid Lipstick} a delightful array of delicate shades lifted straight from the boudoir – from peach to cappuccino – as well as the deeper tea rose and cocoa.

And if you like your nude with a side of statement allure, Jouer have also hit it out of the ballpark with their new oh-so-stunning Rose Gold incarnations of the sheer {Long-Wear Lip Topper} and the more opaque {Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick}. Each one has been given a lustrous metallic texture infused with ultra-fine pearls, together with a hefty dose of nourishing Vitamin E to protect lips in the cold weather. Elsewhere in the show-stopping stakes is {Kevyn Aucoin’s The Molten Lip Colour: Molten Metals} packed with multi-dimensional pearls that create a high-shine lacquered effect in one simple coat, evoking the swagger of ’90s ‘super’ Christy Turlington.

While for busy beauty junkies, the {Nudestix} collection was inspired by the founder’s desire for a quick and convenient crayon for scribbling on a pretty touch of polish whilst out and about. Their {Lip and Cheek Pencil} in Whisper is the ultimate handbag must-have – packed with nourishing shea butter and plumping peptides, it bestows the prettiest rose hue to create a ‘your lips but better’ effect.

With such a sumptuous array of nudes to choose from – we couldn’t think of a better way to get our make up looking spot on for spring.

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Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…