Andrea Miller
Andrea Miller
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Nude Lipsticks That Don’t Erase My Smile

Fortune favours the bold but sometimes I just want to take a subtle approach to my beauty routine. Days where I’m feeling like I’d rather not play up my pout but don’t want to go fully bare, I opt for the next best thing: the perfect nude lipstick.

Which, by the way, is easier said than done. It’s tough to find a shade that doesn’t effectively erase your kisser—not a good look on almost anyone. I’ve found that opting for a shade with a sheer hint of colour, be it blush or beige, is key in downplaying your smile but still making it visible.

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For my nearly nude days, I reach for my old standby, GOSH Velvet Touch lipstick in, what else, Nude. The formula is wonderfully creamy, so while it runs counter to the current matte trend, it works because it doesn’t get dried into the creases or make my lips look shriveled.

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Vasanti also has a strong offering with its High Time gel matte lippie, a warm beige shade that features the brand’s signature ski-slope bullet for easy application. Between you and me, I’ve re-touched my lipstick, sans mirror, at my desk with this puppy and you’d never know.

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Rounding out my trio of nudes is L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Exclusive Nudes in JLo. This particular line offers four shades selected by the spokeswoman whose custom colour bares her name and Jenny from the Block knows of what she speaks with this warm greige shade.

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Exclusive Nudes in JLo

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Vasanti High Time gel matte

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GOSH Velvet Touch lipstick in nude

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Exclusive Nudes in JLo

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Vasanti High Time gel matte

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GOSH Velvet Touch lipstick in nude