City Pulse

By Nicole Cornella

The classic red lip is everywhere: movies, red carpets, magazines and runways. But this Fall, if red is not your color, we say to go for the complete opposite: nude. Typically, that row of lipsticks at the counter is overlooked, but make-up artists at Fashion Week embraced the rows of beiges, taupes, naturals and buffs to create flawless nude lips that anyone of us could wear, catwalk or no catwalk.

Jeremy Scott is one edgy, high-fashion designer who wanted his hair and make-up to match his extreme runway styles. His inspiration: the 1990’s supermodel icon, Linda Evangelista. Lead make-up artist Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics took Scott’s inspiration placing a strong focus on the eyes while the look was then rounded out with fresh cheeks and lips. The lips were overdrawn and dramatic in a “dead calm” color called Folio Rev – a grayish beige tone also known as “the wrong side of beige,” according to Garland.

A nude lip is all about polishing off the look of appearing as natural, organic and flawless as possible. At the ADAM show, the look was inspired by an earthy warrior rich in earth tones. No hard colors were used and no over-exaggerated looks were created by Romy Soleimani for MAC. What better way to complete an earthy look than with a nude lip? That’s just what Soleimani did by applying a dab of a nude, cream based concealer to each models pout.

Where else were models in the nude? BCBG. Sarah Lucero for Stila created the “no make-up” make-up. Don’t we all wish we could wake-up in the morning with the “no make-up” make-up look? According to Lucero, the BCBG woman is the “every day woman” and from eyes to cheeks to lips, it was all about appearing completely effortless. In The Nude Long Last Lip Color was used to finish the look of pure naturalness.

Romy Soleimani’s tip for the everyday woman wearing a nude lip, “Be sure to choose a warm nude,” she said, “don’t go for the dead look.” And there you have it, look alive!

Originally published March 2010
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