Monday, September 24, 2012

Lipstick Bandits: Going Nude

When my fellow Lipstick Bandits proposed that nude be our next collaboration, I was a bit anxious. You see I have trouble with nudes, and associate the "too light" look with celebrities of a dubious nature ... like Heidi Montag. I'm quite pale all year round, have a relatively neutral complexion and have been blessed with pigmented lips. While I enjoy my Snow White-esque pout, it makes finding a true nude pigmented enough to cover my natural lip color a bit of a challenge. 

However, my perceptions of the term "nude" changed when I was introduced to the lipstick that has become my favorite of all time: MAC Patisserie. I wore this natural shade on my wedding day, I've gotten my mother and several friends hooked on the color and I can't imagine what life would be without it. 

In order to cover my stubborn rosy lips I apply a layer of NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Buenos Aires and follow it with a liberal application of MAC Patisserie. This winning combination mutes my natural lip color, is rosy enough that I don't appear washed out (read: sickly) and goes with just about every makeup combination that I could possibly conceive of. 

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NC30
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer SC2
YSL Le Touche Éclat Shade 1
Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation 3.0
Illamasqua Naked Rose Powder Blush
St. Tropez Violet Illuminator 

MAC Eyebrow Pencil Lingering
NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk (on brow bone)
NARS Eye Shadow Lola Lola 
Burberry Eye Shadow Midnight Brown (as eyeliner)
NARS Larger Than Life Liner Rue Bonaparte (waterline)
Fresh Supernova Mascara

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Buenos Aires 
MAC Patisserie Lipstick

Be sure to check out how my fellow Lipstick Bandits approach the nude challenge!
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Glitter Geek 
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Musing on Beauty 
My Funny Valentine 
My Women Stuff 
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