Television has made 90210 the hottest zip code around. Known for California sun-kissed beauty and couture fashion, 90210 sets the bar once again for hot trends in this second generation television series! You can get the look of 90210’s newest cast of gals, Jessica Stroup, AnnaLynne McCord, and Shenae Grimes who sport sassy makeup complete with luscious nude lips.
Wearing nude lips can be tricky. Keeping the definition of your lips is key. Follow this step-by-step guideline so you don’t get washed-out and fall flat this season!
- Exfoliate and Moisturize Lips -First rule for ANY makeup application is to remove dry or flaky skin – even on your lips! Benefit has the best prescription for combating the driest chapped lips! Benefit Lipscription duo pack contains a tube of jojoba-enriched scrubbing beads and a tube of hydrating lip balm. Start by exfoliating to remove flaky skin, then follow-up with the lip balm for a perfectly prepped pout.
- Define Lips – This step is probably the most over-looked of all when attempting to achieve nude lips. Why would we need to define our lips if we’re just going to make them disappear? The answer is we don’t want our lips to appear one-dimensional, especially for those paparazzi shots! Giving lips definition is the second most important step of the nude lip process. Define your lips by using a lip pencil that is a shade or two deeper than your skin tone. For light and medium skin tones try Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fix Pencil in Fair and Beige respectively, and dark skin tones try Makeup Forever’s Lip Pencil in Chocolate. TIP: For a natural blended appearance, apply the lip pencil by using the side and not the tip. Avoid drawing a definitive line by applying with the edge of the pencil for a fuller outline.
- Concealer - Yes folks, the rumors are true. Skip the wannabe nude lipstick shades and head straight for the concealer. Just like the lip pencil, choose a shade one or two steps darker than your skin tone. Clinique’s All About Eyes has an excellent line of liquid concealer shades that are moisturizing! Stay away from thick cream concealers which will only cake up your lips. Apply the liquid concealer with a lipbrush (Bobbi Brown’s Retractable Lip Brush is fantastic at home or on the go!) and be sure to blend with the lip liner for a clean finish.
- Matte or Gloss Finish? -The ending is all up to you! For a matte finish, you can choose to stop after Step 3 but I would suggest to overlay the concealer with a petroleum based balm like Keihl’s Lip Balm #1 for a demi-matte finish. For a high-gloss finish, my personal favorite, try Nars Lip Gloss in Greek Holiday for light to medium skin tones and Lancome’s Juicy Tubes Smoothie in Sun Bronze for darker skin tones. Again, apply and blend with a lipbrush.
Congratulations! Your lips are ready to take on the most popular girls in Beverly Hills – 90210 style!