Amongst all the shining stars at the MET 2013 Gala, none twinkled brighter than Beyonce’s baby sis, Solange. It seems like Solange can do no wrong lately—from her stunning ‘fro to her lovely Kenzo tribal inspired frock. We are loving Solange’s look! More than anything we loved how she pulled off a flawless nude lip. Want to wear Solange’s lovely nude on your next date night? Try these 3 easy steps.
1. Slough off the dead skin.
No nude lip looks great under chapped, cracked lips. So whip those smoochers into nude lip shape by grabbing a lip scrub like Fresh Sugar Lip Scrub or make your own sugar lip scrub at home. To make your own sugar lip scrub: Combine 1 tsp of brown or white sugar, 1 tsp local honey, 1 tsp olive oil in a bowl. Apply scrub to lips and gently massage the scrub with a tooth brush to exfoliate lips. Gently remove scrub from lips with a damp cotton ball. Apply moisturizing lip balm.
2. Find a nude that’s right for you.
You’ll want to consider your natural undertones, hair color, and even your eye color when you’re looking for the right nude hue. If your natural lip tone is uneven, use a lip brush to prime your lip with a tinted moisturizer before applying the lip color. For fair complexions, a nude that’s too beige will appear too yellow next to the skin. So choose a soft matte beige to pale pink lip color. For deeper skin tones, try a deep or rosy-beige matte color like Mac’s Lustre in Touch. Makeup artist Benjamin Puckey for Nars Cosmetics used Nars’ Satin Lip Pencil in Het Loo to achieve Solange’s nude lip for the MET 2013 Gala.
3. Clean up the edges.
To keep the lip color from bleeding, apply a bit of your foundation or tinted moisturizer around the edges of your nude lip with a concealer brush. While it’s tempting to finish the lip color with a high gloss, keeping your look matte, will add a bit of sensuality to your nude look.
About the Author
meet Carmen. she’s a mathematician turned makeup artist that loves to create and will still solve the occasional quadratic equation. she prefers florals as the top notes of her parfum and vintage thrift finds over modern day labels. her work has been featured on essence.com, stylemepretty.com, munaluchibridal.com, thebridescafe.com, TLC’s “Say Yes To The Dress”, Style Network’s “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?”, and in Atlanta’s Wedding Magazine, Pregnancy Magazine, and Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine. her love over logic is sweet potato pie and a cup of coffee for breakfast.