We all love a Mac lipstick. I can’t even tell you what it is but even when I open a repurchase I fill with excitement. As a bridal make-up artist I have always tended to recommend a Mac lipstick. There is such an extensive range of colours and they all photograph so well. I also find that being a Mum, I have a neutral shade in every handbag! It is so much easier to wear a fairly neutral shade on Mammy duty as when it wears off your fairly close to natural skin colour. With a rebellious toddler in tow who knows when one might get to top up again! I always find neutral shades are so forgiving. There is also very little thinking to go into your overall makeup. You can have a strong or natural eye shade and blush colour isn’t going to impact on it either. Like seriously these are things Mammies just don’t have the time to think out, ever!
When I say that these are my favourites, they are the ones I probably wear most. Also, if there are any others that you find easy to wear comment below and if I haven’t already dabbled with it I will put it on my wishlist!
1. Velvet Teddy
First of all, I must mention this is a matte lipstick so when my lips are very dehydrated I don’t tend to wear it. But when they are in good condition I love this shade. It’s quite a beige lipstick and while it is sometimes described as a nude, I wouldn’t totally agree as it adds quite a lot of colour to my complexion which is fair. For darker skin tones it would be an ideal nude. Owing to the matte finish, this is a long lasting lipstick which is extremely convenient. For bridal wear it gets you through day of blowing air kisses. As a Mammy, your not struggling to get it topped up among the madness. Even after a cup of cold tea it lasts pretty well!
I have yet to find someone that this shade doesn’t suit. It is so versatile and easy to wear whether it be a full on glam make-up look or just bare skin and lippy look. It is a satin finish therefore flattering (gets a high five from me). Might I also add, for a satin finish it lasts impressively long. To describe the colour we are talking a creamy pink beige so opens itself as a good team mate to many the outfit (‘yay no long thought process’ I hear you cheer). Could I live without this lippy – definitely not!
Mac themselves describe this colour as a ‘soft muted brownish pink’ and it is all that. Again a satin finish so we are again sucked in by it’s longevity (satin is semi matte) without having the downside to dryness that sometimes comes unwelcomed by a full matte finish. If I want to tone down the ‘brownness’ of this shade I will apply a clear gloss over it as pictured (just to note, I do sometimes smile, but hey, trying to nail a VB look totally outweighs Bambi when displaying make-up!). I find I can wear this alone with no other make-up (usually on rush mornings while wresting a toddler into a nappy while she is adamant she doesn’t need a nappy… or clothes for that matter) and it has the depth to carry off a strong ‘I made an effort’ look.
4. Peach blossom
If you were to be literate you would imagine this lipstick to exhibit a strong peach shue but I would tend to describe this as more of a rosy peach. It is a very pretty nude and gives good colour payoff. It is from the cremesheen finishes though so don’t expect to apply and go, you will certainly need many top ups. That said this is pretty enough for me to waive that downside and I would nominate it as a perfect bridal romantic nude.
5. Japenese Maple
My all time favourite nude colour. You will often see me sporting this shade. I wear it with and without make-up and everywhere and anywhere. A frosted light beige one can overdraw their lips with a nude liner and expect juicy, luscious, full flattering nude lips. The glossy effect will plump any lip but again, standard to a cremesheen finish you will need many top ups. Like peach blossom, I can get over that as it is too pretty to not hold pride of place in my favourites collection.
So there you have it. A quick round up of my favourite nudes. I know nudes are not for everyone. For me they are a staple in my make-up collection both personally and professionally. I hope you enjoyed this post. I love to hear your feedback so please feel free to leave a comment.