I have always want to rock a nude lip, but, with my pale (and sometimes ruddy) colouring, I can too easily look a bit washed out.
Our lips, as we’re all too aware, thin with age – the depletion of collagen means they are no longer plump and youthful looking, hence the popularity of lip fillers. However, a nude or pale lip can help create an illusion of fullness, but it has to be the right nude shade.
Enter then, Pixi Deeply Moisturising Tinted Lip Balm in shade Honey Nectar, passed to me by a Birchbox subscriber. I tried it (straight from the bullet) as a balm over bare lips, it was absolutely fine and it did indeed feel moisturising.
But then I noticed how deeply pigmented it was – a pale, rosy nude. This time I prepped my lips (details below) and applied it with a lip brush – Result? Hello, my perfect nude lip colour!
This moisturising formula contains shea butter and Vitamin E to soothe parched lips and prevent future dryness and also offers a wash of pigment.
PREPARATION IS KEY
A few simple steps to prepare lips and ensure lipstick lasts longer.
1. My lips are never dry or flaky looking, I put this down to my decades long (makes me sound so old!) habit of applying a generous layer of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturiser Lotion (never the gel formulation) over my lips and lip line before lipstick. Lips drink up the moisturiser and it plumps them up – wipe away any excess.
2. Next step, a concealer dabbed in tiny dots along the upper and lower lip line. I use Boots Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (even though it’s a messy pain). This helps prevent lipstick bleed and provides an ideal base for step 3.
3. Mac Lip Liner in Spice (which suddenly appears to be out of stock everywhere!) This light, pinky/brown shade is ideal to correct uneven lips and if you want slightly bigger lips, subtly draw over the lip line.
4. The Body Shop Lip Liner Pencil in Beech I use this natural lip toned, rose shade to line my lips. (You could swap over and use Beech to correct the lip line and Mac’s Spice to line them if your natural lip colour is darker).
Don’t worry, this shade compliments Honey Nectar, there’s no obvious ’90s style’ lip pencil outline – although alarmingly, I’ve seen more than a few celebs wearing that dated look recently, is it coming back into fashion?
These steps may seem long-winded and a bit faffy, but this little routine only takes a couple of minutes. The lip balm applied directly from the bullet doesn’t work for me at all, I need to get the base right for the colour and application to look perfect.
LIP BRUSH & A HINT OF GLOSS
I apply Honey Nectar with a lip brush (little bonus – a lip brush uses much less product than applying directly from the tube). Lastly, in the middle of the lower lip, I finish with a few strokes of L’Oréal Glam Shine Fresh Lipgloss in shade Aqua Grapefruit, a subtle, flattering pale pink/almost nude shade.
I can’t find this particular Glam Shine shade in the shops, so I’ve just ordered two from Amazon UK at a very reasonable £2.15 each. The shade Aqua Grapefruit should be a ‘must have’ in everyone’s make up bag, regardless of skin tone. This non sticky gloss highlights the lower lip and really helps with the plumper lips illusion.
If I want a little more depth to dial-up the colour to a slightly rosier hue, then I apply a slick of theBalm’s Stainiac Lip Stain (another Birchbox discovery) in shade Beauty Queen, underneath.
- I’m not wild about the shea butter scent, but I know other people love it.
- The plastic packaging is spot on for a lip balm, but not so chic for a lipstick.
- As it is a lip balm, you may have to reapply it more often.
I do feel though, that these little niggles are a small price to pay for my perfect nude lipstick.
It also looks like I’m not the only fan:
Great product, silky smooth and soft on the lips, great colour too. Leaves my lips feeling nourished and full and moisturises my lips without making them feel tacky.
It applies beautifully and coats my lips with this gorgeous nude sheen/gloss. It smells of shea butter which I personally always find smells really warming and moisturising.
I have been using this on my lips before I apply my make up in the morning, it helps keep my lips soft and moisturised in this weather and ready to apply my lippy after I’ve put my makeup on. Also, really nice to put this on after I’ve done a lip scrub.
I get really bad eczema on my face and lips, this lip balm did my lips wonders in just a couple of days! Beautiful, subtle colour that glides on well. Only thing is it doesn’t last very long, but I will definitely be buying this in the future.