As much as we love a bold red lip, the on-going pursuit for the perfect nude lipstick is one every woman wants to master. With the rise in ‘nude lip’ google searches being higher than ever, not to mention the number of celeb Instagram accounts fashioning the latest matte nude lip trend, Giorgio Armani’s new entirely nude lip line launches at the perfect time...
Exclusively previewing at Fenwick of Bond Street and Newcastle, the FRONT ROW collection features a spectrum of nude shades – from nude-pinks and champagnes to nuances of violet in three of the brand’s signature lip finishes. However, finding the perfect nude lipstick for you can be tricky, so we’ve enlisted the help of Vanessa D’Ambrosio, the UK National Face Designer at Giorgio Armani Beauty, to answer all your nude lip-related questions…
Talk us through how to find the perfect nude lip shade...
It's all about texture and skin tone that play the larger part of finding your perfect nude lip shade; you want to avoid having a thick, concealer-type finish that isn’t very flattering. The Giorgio Armani nudes tend to be on the sheer side, as opposed to a bold matte red. For a natural nude lip, as a rule of thumb i'd say try to go for a nude that is one shade darker than your natural lip colour.
Why do you think there’s been a move to nude lip shades over more bold lip colours?
With the boom of social media, nude lips have become a real trend of late which is always a big driving force behind beauty trends. However, I don’t think people are moving away from bold colours, they are simply embracing what the industry is providing with a variety of textures - from super sheer to intense matte. Having your prefect nude is as necessary as your favourite pair of shoes.
What types of nude shades tend to suit pale skin and which work better for darker skin tones?
For fair / light skin tones: choose a shade that warms up your face. If the lip colour is too close to your natural complexion the lips will disappear and look thin. Opt for peachy tones, pale pinks or a rosy beige with a satin finish, or add a touch of tinted gloss for a fresher more natural plumped look.
For olive/ medium skin tones: you can go for a lighter pink or a light caramel. If your skin is more olive then try a shade one shade darker than your skin with a satin or glossy finish to emphasise the warmth.
For darker / mocha skin tones: mauve pinks and darker caramels will be the most flattering. If you would like to add a hint of sparkle or fleck to your lip, opt for a base that is rosy or mauve with golden bits or caramels with silver.