But as we know, nude is never just one shade. One’s flesh color is another woman’s deep brown. It’s also why the search for the perfect tube is a very personal experience. It can sometimes take years to find your match. So in order to help you out in your quest, we listed down the nude lipsticks that have earned their own reputation, reflecting how diverse the color is.
Internet Favorite: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme
Byrdie reports that this creamy and affordable formula is a Pinterest favorite. It’s been re-pinned around 200,000 times so you know the obsession is real. With a peachy-brown shade along with a non-drying finish, this lipstick won’t find difficulty finding a place in your kit. Available at The SM Store, Makati.
The Closest Thing to Lip Injections: MAC in Whirl
Back when Kylie Jenner wasn’t admitting to getting lip enhancers, she claimed that her lips were a combination of six different colors. But she also admitted on her app that MAC in Whirl, which is perhaps one of the brand’s oldest products, was a go-to. “I was always trying to make my lips look bigger, but I didn’t want people to know I was actually wearing lipstick,” reports Seventeen. When she found this shade, she made the demand for it go up instantly, “I was really into it, but once everyone figured out what I was wearing, it would sell out.” Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.
The Lipstick That’s Never In Stock: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
A former Sephora employee confirms the cult status around this liquid lipstick, “Lolita is always sold out because it’s that perfect wearable nude that anyone and everyone will love—it’s universal.” Described as a chestnut rose, it’s flattering for a lot of skin tones and the formula doesn’t flake off over time. If you want to get the whole Lolita experience, it’s not too late to get the limited edition box set, Lolita Obsession. Available via SephoraPH.
Red Carpet Approved: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
You know you have a great lipstick in your hands when the people who wear it are as follows: Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Chung, and Oliva Culpo plus Emma Roberts, Salma Hayek, and Nicole Kidman. Allure says that the lipstick started out as Charlotte’s most loved lip pencil. It was such a hit that her clients requested for it to have a matching lip shade. The color is said to be the definition of the hard-to-achieve MLBB (My Lips But Better). I could go on describing this but let me leave you with this fact: This was Amal Clooney’s wedding day lipstick of choice. Available via Net-A-Porter.
Sinful Splurge: Christian Louboutin Just Nothing Lip Color
First note packaging that looks extra and is an homage to Louboutin’s signature heel. If you want to, you could even wear this tube as a necklace. Second is the color which a cool-toned nude that still suits a lot of women. It also has a non-drying formula so it sits comfortably on the lips. Hey, if you really want to #treatyourself, this just might be the way to go. Available online.
Just in time for the holiday season, J.Crew has some pretty big news — their beauty department is about to get a whole lot more amazing.
Twenty of your favorite, Instagrammable beauty brands will be hitting stores on Tuesday, November 21. Yep, you read that right. So, while you’re picking up some adorable holiday sweaters and stocking stuffers at J.Crew, you’ll also be able to add makeup and skincare to your shopping bag as well.
The new brands that are included in the beauty launch are the following: Apa, Cirque, Côte, Glow Recipe. KNC, Lanolips, Lauren Napier, Make, Miint, Milk Makeup, Odeme, Peach and Lily, Project M, Rosie Jane, Spela, and Stowaway. A few beauty brands such as Nailmatic, Pinch Provisions, RMS, Rosebud Perfume Co, Sara Happ, and Troi Ollivierre have been previously found at J.Crew and are coming back to stores.
J.Crew has picked products that fall into one of two categories: color and glow. Amazing nail lacquers from Cirque and bright lipsticks from Make would fall under the “color” category. While Milk’s out-of-this-world highlighters are in the “glow” family.
There’s no doubt that certain beauty influencers now wield the kind of commercial power that used to be reserved for high fashion stars. And the cosmetics industry is taking note, with big-name brands regularly snapping up the most widely-followed vloggers and Instagrammers to front campaigns, and, increasingly, collaborate on special collections. We take a look at three of the biggest influencer partnerships making waves this season.
Kandee Johnson x OGX
Beauty vlogger Kandee Johnson is in the news after her debut confectionary-themed haircare collaboration with OGX hit the shelves on November 1, comprising scented shampoos and conditioners designed to tackle specific hair issues, focusing on shine, bounce, and hydration. The confectionery-themed collection captures the spirit of the festive season, as illustrated by the product names: ‘Candy Gumdrop’, ‘Frosted Sugar Cookie’, and ‘Sparkling Cider’. The beauty star is on something of a roll lately, having launched a makeup collection with the cosmetics brand Too Faced earlier this year. The Kandeeland x OGX collaboration is available from Ulta, Walmart and Walgreens.
Patrick Starr x MAC
As one of the biggest beauty influencers in the industry, it was only a matter of time before Patrick Starrr was offered his own big-brand collaboration. It was MAC who eventually pinned him down, announcing a joint collection of holiday color cosmetics earlier this month. The brand has promised “mesmerizing custom-color essentials” from the upcoming collection, and according to Hello Giggles, the collection includes a lipstick, ‘lip glass’, lip pencil, eyeshadow and setting powder. It will launch this December.
BH Cosmetics x Raye Boyce
Known to her fans as ‘ItsMyRayeRaye’, beauty expert Raye Boyce has built up a following of 1.7 million on Youtube and 1.6 million on Instagram. This fall, her social media star power landed her a contract with the affordable makeup brand BH Cosmetics, with the duo teaming up on an eyeshadow, highlighter and contour palette, as well as a nine-piece brush set for face and eyes. The palette features 15 matte and shimmer eyeshadows, three contour hues and three highlighters, with a focus on versatile shades that will flatter everyone. The collection is due to drop on November 17.
Charlotte Cho is a South Korean-American esthetician, author and entrepreneur. She is best known as the cofounder of Soko Glam, a company that specializes in Korean beauty products. She is considered a major contributor to the current K-Beauty emergence in the U.S.
Charlotte Cho was born in California. In 2008 she travelled to South Korea to assist Samsung in their marketing and communications department. During this time she met and married US Army Captain David K. Cho, and they both began curating Korean skincare and makeup products to the U.S. market. In 2012 they founded Soko Glam. The company is currently considered one of the most prominent firms specializing in K-Beauty products and treatments in the U.S.
Charlotte Cho regularly publishes her experiences and research about Korean beauty products, practices, and trends via various News Media and Soko Glam’s website. In 2015, she authored a book on Skin Care titled “The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin” (2015).
“Meet the South Korean Beauty Importers: Insider Beauty, Peach & Lily, and Soko Glam”. Vanity Fair.
“A Look at Korea’s Culture From the Bathhouse”. The New York Times.
“Charlotte and David Cho”. CNN.
“K-Beauty: The Exhausting Skin-Care Regimen That May Be Worth the Effort”. The Wall Street Journal.
There are some beauty editors who are really into haircare, spending their nights and weekends checking out new salons, and there are other beauty editors who diligently test every new skin tool, rolling spiked wheels across their faces while zapping their legs with lasers. And then there are the beauty editors like me, who audibly gasp and squeee when literally any new makeup product hits my desk, immediately swatching them down my arms and stuffing them into my bag to take home to test.
But aside from the fact that my apartment currently looks like an abandoned Sephora, this makeup obsession also means that I’ve personally tested a good 90-percent of what you see in stores, months before they even hit shelves. Which means I know first-hand which trendy foundations and eyeliners straight-up suck, and which indie concealers and mascaras can make even the deadest of hearts sing with joy. And now, I’m imparting that wisdom onto you, with the five makeup products I’m actually in love with right now, based on the very simple fact that they’re excellent.
1HUDA BEAUTY #FAUXFILTER FOUNDATION
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Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation, $40
I’ve tested this foundation on its own for a full-coverage (and I really do mean full-coverage) finish, and I’ve also mixed it with my moisturizer for a dewier, sheered-out look, and the formula honestly looks good both ways. It doesn’t crease or cake, and it comes in a pretty legit range of 30 shades with cool and warm undertones.
2IT COSMETICS IT GIRL LIMITED EDITION PALETTE
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It Cosmetics It Girl Limited Edition Palette, $48
Some all-in-one palettes are kind of abominations to makeup (sorry; this is the truth corner over here), with shades you’d never actually wear on a daily basis. But this kit has exactly the shades you’d want to swipe on—i.e. neutral taupes and browns, and matte rose-golds and creams—plus an iridescent blush and eye primer that all incredibly pigmented and finely milled.
3REVLON PHOTOREADY COLOR CORRECTING PEN
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Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Pen, $11
Unless you’re a makeup master (or someone with a ton of patience), color-correcting can be a confusing pain. Either the formulas are too opaque and chalky-looking beneath your makeup, or the sheer number of shades is overwhelming. But these creamy pens, which come in three shades, apply like concealer and blend down to a super-subtle finish, so it’s honestly impossible to overdo it.
Swipe the green over zits and around your nose to neutralize redness, the salmon under your eyes to minimize dark circles, and the lavender across your cheekbones and on your chin and forehead to brighten sallow skin, then apply your foundation as usual. See? Easy.
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4FENTY BEAUTY SHIMMER SKINSTICK IN YACHT LIFE
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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Yacht Life, $25
Unlike some pinky-peach blushes that end up looking too dusty or milky on practically every skin tone except for one, this shimmer-spiked cream stick blends down to a ridiculously sheer finish that gives your cheeks just the tiniest hint of iridescent color, making it easy to use as a highlighter or a blush, depending on your skin tone.
5URBAN DECAY VICE METAL MEETS MATTE LIPSTICK PALETTE
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Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Lipstick Palette, $35
seems like one of the gimmicky lipstick kits you had in 7th grade, but unlike the glitter-flecked one you got from Claire’s for your birthday, this 12-shade kit is filled with sheer formulas (which honestly feel more like tinted lip balms than thick, drying lipsticks) that softly fade away after a few hours to a pigmented, long-lasting stain.
Nails Inc founder Thea Green, the woman credited with bringing New York-style nail salons to the UK, is expanding her beauty empire by launching a new make-up business, Inc.redible.
Ms Green, a former Tatler fashion journalist, launched Nails Inc almost two decades ago after being inspired by trips to New York where nail salons and manicures are common place.
“When I launched in 1999 in the UK manicures were really only for those ladies who lunched and it was a sea of french manicures”, said Ms Green. “Instead we wanted to offer a quick and inexpensive treatment for busy women.”
Since raising £200,000 from angel investors to open Nails Inc’s first store on South Molton Street, in London’s West End, the chain has grown to 60 stores, has a big international division and is entirely self-funded.
While the business started with Nail Inc salons, around 40pc of its £18m sales now come from selling polish after launching innovative nail gels that include superfoods such as kale and caviar. Nails Inc also sparked a viral craze two years ago after launching a nail polish formula in a spray can.
Ms Green said that her passion for product innovation had led her to launch the new beauty business which would bring new products to the market, such as lip balms with real flowers suspended in gel.
“We could have just matched lipsticks to our existing Nails Inc range of colours, but that would have been quite limiting and not exciting enough”, the 41 year old entrepreneur said. “Instead we wanted to have wearable trends so women can be in fashion, without feeling foolish.”
She added: “Social media has made customers so much more knowledgeable about trends and products. As a result it has made it very difficult for large cosmetic companies to keep up with trends as they are constantly behind. Instead if you are launching new innovations, you’re the one driving the trend.”
Ms Green reckons that the new beauty business will mean that around 70pc of sales will come from products, while 30pc of revenues will still be from nail salons.
The business already has the backing of online retailers Asos and Feel Unique as well as Boots in the UK and Sephora in the US and the Middle East and H&M shops across Scandinavia.
Nails Inc was break even and made £18m in sales last year and is on track turn a profit this year, despite investing in the launch of Inc.redible.
It’s the day before Halloween. Suddenly, a crippling realization enters your consciousness: You don’t have a costume, and the only thing left at the store is a sexy Donald-Trump-in-a-bag that costs $200 and would most likely ruin all of your friendships. Instead of having a particularly ghoulish meltdown, consider this: With a bit of makeup and creativity, you can transform into a work of fine art instead.
Sure, it sounds like a tall order: Artists like Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama, Jackson Pollock, and Piet Mondrian are skilled fine artists — it couldn’t possibly be easy to recreate their work on your face, makeup novice that you are…right?
Surprisingly, these highly recognizable, impossibly cool Halloween makeup ideas arerelatively simple to recreate. With the right products and a methodical approach, you can create looks that are highly Instagramable, much more compelling than the nose and whiskers you usually draw on in a panic, and serve as conversation starters at the Halloween party you almost didn’t go to. Now, not only can you attend — you’ll have the coolest look in the room.
Piet Mondrian’s Composition II In Red, Blue, And Yellow
Composition In Red, Blue, And Yellow is arguably Piet Mondrian’s most known work of art, an abstraction created by the artist in order to communicate a reality beyond knowledge. The original canvas is tiny, but the primary colors, white space, and brushwork of the black lines make it pretty stark and profound to behold.
The simple elements also make it ideal for a Halloween makeup recreation. Sure, you might not have the same intentions as Mondrian (if only we could all think in Dutch abstractions), but you can take inspiration from his works.
First, start by putting the shapes on your face. Don’t worry about the black lines for now.
The rectangles here were created with MAC Cosmetics Paint Sticks, which are highly pigmented and easy to work with, making them the perfect choice for creating the elaborate Halloween look of your dreams. You don’t need to follow Mondrian’s scheme exactly — play with the pattern of primary colors and white to your heart’s content.
What makes this look are the areas in which the makeup overlaps the eye and the lip. Add some Ardell eyelashes for maximum impact, and you’ve successfully turned your face into a canvas for something beautiful.
Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who came up in the New York City art scene of the ’60s — her work is feminist, often over-the-top, and pleasantly psychedelic.
She’s got a massive body of work to pull inspiration from (check out some of her early work, which included installations that incorporated her own nude body) but her most known is a series of humongous pumpkins, sculptures that live all over the world in both private and public institutions. The 1994 Pumpkin was commissioned for the Fukuoka Municipal Museum of Art. Check out the pattern on that gourd — does it not beg to be recreated on your face?
First, start by painting half of your face in an orange or goldenrod color — again, MAC Paint Sticks are perfect for the job.
Then, following Kusama’s dot pattern — some large, some small, all in straight, vertical lines — use a brush and the black MAC Paint Stick to create the dots over top of the orange.
One way to create a fun variation to this look is to continue the dots down past where the orange or goldenrod color ends. It’s an adorable final result, and quite possibly the easiest Halloween makeup you’ll ever tackle.
Pablo Picasso’s Marie-Thérèse avec une guirlande
Where to begin telling the story of Pablo Picasso and his most influential muse, Marie-Therese Walter? At it’s core, it’s a dysfunctional, likely mutually toxic love story, the kind you’d expect from one of the most famous painters who ever lived.
The short of it: Walter met Picasso when she was 17 and quickly became his mistress — in fact, most sources say that she was under the age of consent when they began sleeping together — yikes. Eventually, the pair even had a child together — if you want to do a deep dive on the sordid details of their lives, this Vanity Fair piece from 2011 spills all the tea.
This particular Halloween makeup was inspired by this painting, one of dozens created in Walter’s likeness, all of them markedly different. The title is Marie-Thérèse avec une guirlande,painted in 1937.
To begin, start with a white base. Mehron’s Paradise Makeup AQ water-based formula works well for this. Use a foundation brush to apply, but don’t blend it out as you would your normal makeup — use short, painterly strokes, as Picasso would.
Add a sliver of blue wrapping around from one side of the neck, also using a Mehron color.
Next, it’s time to add the detail. This particular painting is easy to recreate, as long as you detach yourself from the idea of where your facial features are “supposed” to go — this is a Picasso-inspired look, remember? Paint a faux eyebrow above your own, an eye on your cheek, a bit of blush near the corner of your mouth. Additionally, keep your orange lips blurred at the edges, as this look is far from the precise lines of your MUA-filled Instagram feed.
The most difficult part will be to draw a faux eye over your own closed eye — enlist the help of a friend if this gets a bit too dicey to roll solo.
Next, a few abstract strokes of orange and blue across the forehead, along with a black outline along the ear, jaw, and nose make it clear that this is a Picasso if nothing else has.
Add a flower crown, and you have fully transformed into Marie-Therese Walter — only without the lifetime of Picasso’s game-playing to contend with.
A Jackson Pollock Of Your Choosing
Here’s the thing about Jackson Pollock: He was an asshole. An explosive, often violent drunk, Pollock’s aggression comes through pretty plainly in his work — particularly the splattered, dripped upon canvases for which he became posthumously famous. Despite his personal turmoil, Pollock is one of the most important American painters to date, if not one of the most controversial.
His work is also fun to recreate as a Halloween look, particularly because you don’t have to follow any specific rhyme or reason to do so. You can choose your color palette, or try to recreate one of Pollocks specifically. For our purposes, we went with a black, white, blue, and yellow splatter scheme.
Technique is definitely important for this look. Most of us can’t transform our faces into canvases and our bathrooms into a Pollock-approved studios — as it turns out, whipping oil paint at your face in a drunken rage is probably inadvisable.
What you can do is take some of those Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ colors and mix with water until the concoction is both saturated and slightly thick. Then, take a water dropper (available at any drug store) and drip lines down and across your face, allowing gravity to do the rest.
Again, this look doesn’t have to be a perfect recreation of any specific Pollock painting — one look at those aggressive, irregular lines of color, and everyone will know exactly which artist you were trying to emulate.
A perfect Halloween look doesn’t have to feel as elusive as a piece of highly covetable fine art — with the right makeup and a bit of research, you can recreate everything from the classics to the obscure. If you can’t avoid a group costume, have each of your friends try a different look: Suddenly, you’re an art museum, and everyone at the Halloween party wants to gaze upon your finest works.