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11 Jan

6 Beauty Brands With “Nude” Lipstick Shades For All Skintones

We'll say it over and over again: "nude" is not a color. But, it is a term widely (erroneously) used in the beauty industry to describe a neutral, skin-toned makeup shade. Lipsticks described as "nude" often have a pink, peach, or beige hue but, of course, this is not an accurate representation for people with deeper skin tones. At least campaigns like the artist-led Nude Against Nude, Cover FX's recent #NudeIsNotBeige, and continuous calls for change from YouTube vloggers like Jackie Aina have exposed the problem loudly and clearly. Thankfully, more beauty brands have started stepping up to the plate. It's now easier than ever to find more inclusive options for everyone to achieve that once-elusive your-lips-but-better finish. Ahead, find the companies that have got...
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10 May

Your Perfect Nude Lipstick Is the Color of Your Nipples — But There’s a Catch

In today's weird-but-fascinating beauty news: The key to discovering the perfect shade of nude lipstick is to take a long, hard peep at your — wait for it — nipples. Yep, you read that correctly. According to the experts of The Doctors, the daytime medical-related talk show on NBC, an untapped and certainly unconventional way of tracking down a lipstick shade that complements your skin tone and blends into the natural hue of your lips is to find a shade that matches the color of your areolas. "Nature knows best," claimed the docs. Fascinating. Unconvinced, we reached out to celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern for her expert opinion on the, ahem, nip tip. (Un)surprisingly, Stern hasn't actually given the technique a...
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31 Mar

Mented Cosmetics Makes the Perfect Nude Lipsticks for Deeper Skin Tones

Although beauty brands like Kat Von D and Lancôme are becoming more inclusive with their foundation ranges and nude lipsticks, there's still room for improvement. New companies are even popping up to help fill the gaps. A couple weeks ago, Stellar launched at Sephora to help provide foundations to those with medium skin tones. Mented Cosmetics, on the other hand, creates nude lipsticks for deeper skin tones. Its founders KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, who met at Harvard Business school, personally know how hard it can be to find the perfect nude lipstick. For years, they found themselves searching for ones at beauty counters but coming up short. "It felt as if the products weren't made for us in mind,"...
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22 Aug

The Best Lipsticks To Wear Now


A swipe of crimson lipstick makes you look glamorous instantly, little to no additional makeup required. First, find your signature shade. If your complexion is medium to deep, opt for a burgundy or a red with orange undertones; if you're fair, blue-based or berry hues are ideal. Then, for lasting color, try makeup artist Erin Parsons' layering technique: "Use a small brush to apply concealer around your mouth, line your lips with pencil, apply lipstick, blot with a tissue, and reapply lipstick. The concealer creates a barrier that will hold it in place all day." D D
From top left, clockwise: Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in Carmin Escarpin, $38,; Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Infatuated Red, $26,...
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