The Perfect Nude Lip Pairs


It's no secret that I love a good nude lip. Lately there have been two lipstick + liner pairs I've been rotating between over and over, and I love them both so much that they're contenders for my wedding lip. With my coloring and the natural pigment in my lips, I prefer slightly deeper nudes with a bit of pink in them. If I go too light I look dead, so I like to keep them about the same shade as my lips. 

T-B | Pat McGrath Bare Rose, YSL 44, both layered, CT Pillow Talk Liner, Pillow Talk Lipstick, both layered

T-B | Pat McGrath Bare Rose, YSL 44, both layered, CT Pillow Talk Liner, Pillow Talk Lipstick, both layered

My tried-and-true favorite pair, and I'm sure it's a lot of people's favorite too, is the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat and Matte Revolution Lipstick, both in the shade Pillow Talk. It's the perfect pink nude shade that really enhances the lips. It's got that pink tone, but there's also some brown, beige, and peach mixed in there, so it seems like it would be a quite flattering shade on lots of skintones. I'm so happy she took the iconic lip pencil shade and turned it into a lipstick. As you can see from the swatches the lipstick is a little bit lighter than the liner, but this makes it the prettiest shade with more dimension when you wear them together. The Lip Cheats are definitely one of my favorite lip pencil formulas - they're a little waxy to grab onto the lips, but they're creamy enough to easily apply and stay put throughout the day. The Matte Revolution Lipsticks are also one of my favorite formulas - I've never tried a matte lipstick that was so comfortable. Most mattes dry my lips out and make them look wrinkly, but the Matte Revolutions keep them looking plump, and while they're not exactly hydrating, they don't leave my lips gasping for moisture. 

The Pillow Talk Duo was a longtime favorite for about a year, and then my next duo came along to give it a run for its money. This one is definitely more pink than Pillow Talk, and a little more pink than nude even. It's a similar shade to my lips though, so it still counts as a nude for me! The liner is the beautiful Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Bare Rose that I can't shut up about lately. This formula is no joke, applying so creamily and comfortably, but then literally not budging until you take an oily makeup remover to it at the end of the day. Bare Rose is such a pretty soft pink shade with just enough brown thrown in to make it a nude. It's almost the same shade as my lips, but perhaps a little bit more pink. On top, I've been layering the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick in 44 Nude Lavalliere. This formula is divine as well - not the longest lasting, but a dream to reapply. It's balmy and creamy and is one of the most comfortable lipsticks I own. It's a little sheerer than a traditional lipstick, but I love that it lets the shade of the lip liner show through. These look stunning layered and almost turns into a more mauve shade. 

Are you into nude lipsticks? What are your favorites?

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