To start with, nothing beats nude hues. Natural make-up, smokey eyes, glitter, or any other look, you name it but nudes are essential all the time. It is a timeless classic that will never be obsolete. At Sauce, we think of it as the holy grail of make-up. Nude lips, for example, are like a reliable friend who is always there for you. But there is one myth to dispel: nude lip looks do not have to be boring. Pinky, peachy, brown, plummy, and even red-ish. There’s a whole spectrum to explore. Nude doesn’t always have to be understated either—a lesson we have learned from Global Senior Artist for M.A.C Cosmetics Kiekie Stanners and Resident Trainer for M.A.C Cosmetics NZ Sarika Patel. These gorgeous M.A.C make-up experts can inspire anyone by taking nude lips to the next level.
Global Senior Artist for M.A.C Cosmetics Kiekie Stanners and Resident Trainer for M.A.C Cosmetics NZ Sarika Patel show us how to create six nude lip looks
THE DIRTY NUDE LIP LOOK
"A dirty nude lip is my go-to summer beauty look, paired with an ochre-toned eye. I prefer to define my eyes in warm earthly colours, and bronze up my skin for nights out so it’s easier to touch up with a glossy nude on my lips. Plus I like to think a nude lip makes me look more sun kissed!" - Kiekie Stanners
Kiekie wears MAC Clouds in my Coffee Liptensity lipstick, with MAC Clear Lipglass over the top.
"Peachstock Lipstick and Love Nectar Lipglass is my all time favourite pale nude lip combination to pair with a bold or bright eye look. Peachstock has the perfect amount of warmth that tones down my natural lip pigment." - Sarika Patel
Sarika wears Peachstock Lipstick with Love Nectar Lipglass on top.
THE WARM NUDE
"I prefer to wear deeper neutral tones on myself when I want a stronger nude lip, rather than pink tones. My skin is more olive based so I prefer earthy, taupe, or brown nudes when I want a deeper neutral. If a skin tone is a little paler or has more of a pink undertone sometimes a peach or soft pink nude lip can feel more flattering or softer for warmer months."
I’ve applied MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Pencil to define my lip line but also fill in the whole lips for longer lasting colour, with Well Bred Brown Liptensity Lipstick applied over the top with a MAC #242 Shading Brush." - Kiekie
Kiekie wears MAC Toast and Butter Liptensity Pencil and Well Bred Brown Liptensity Lipstick.
MLBB (MY LIPS BUT BETTER) LOOK
"Topped with Brandy Retromatte Liquid Lipcolour I will be keeping in my makeup bag this season to transform my makeup look from day to all night. It is also the perfect burnt plum tone that is a couple of shades deeper than my natural lip tone. My lips but better!" - Sarika
Sarika wears Brandy Retromatte Liquid Lipcolour.
THE BURNT BROWN
"I’m obsessed with a burnt brown lip when wearing electric colours! Especially deep-brown crimson with this scarlet red Georgia Alice dress! Keep the statement lip your makeup feature, worn with glowing skin to accentuate an outfit in an easy way.
I’m wearing MAC Fire Roasted Liptensity Pencil all over for a brick-red base, then washing Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lip over the top to intensify the colour. I use a #239 Shading Brush to apply a veil of colour just within my lip line. MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip sets and lasts up to 8 hours so it’s my favourite product to wear all day and not worry about touching up!" - Kiekie
Kiekie wears MAC Fire Roasted Liptensity Pencil with Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lip, and MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip to set.
CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE
"I created this look using Habanero Liptensity Lip Pencil applied all over the lip pressed with Clouds in my Coffee Liptensity Lipstick and Love Nectar Lipglass. This is my way of adding colour into my makeup look without committing to a bold lip. Warm orange tones compliment my skin tone." - Sarika
Sarika wears Habanero Liptensity Lip Pencil, Clouds in my Coffee Liptensity Lipstick and Love Nectar Lipglass.
Clearly, there is an art to pulling off the perfect nude lip look. We would love to hear (in the comments below) how you like to wear yours?
Kiekie wears Georgia Alice red dress and Miss Crabb jacket in black (worn as a dress).
Sarika wears Georgia Alice sequinned top.
Gold statement earrings (seen on Kiekie & Sarika) from Flash Jewellery.
Photography | Wono Kim [In collaboration with MAC Cosmetics]
Words Intro | Irina Sviatskaia
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