Did you watch the Grammys last night? Me neither. (I was busy with my little ones, then collapsed into bed.)
But, I definitely checked out the beauty and fashion round ups this morning. While my favorite beauty look was Jennifer Hudson, her purple/berry lippie is hard for most of us to pull off.
I was definitely struck by how many of the stars had amazing nude/neutral lips. I usually expect to see darker reds and berries in the winter, but this year’s Grammy Red Carpet was definitely the year of the nude lippie!
There are a lot of ways to get the look yourself. There are all sorts of lists out there for the best nude lipstick (I’ve even written some of them myself). But I think that the easiest and most flattering way to get the look is with a lip crayon. You want one that is creamy and tinted enough to offer a bit of color, but still translucent. I really think that bit of translucency is the key to a nude lippie looking great in real life. Without it, unless you have absolutely the right color (and let’s face it, there isn’t a perfect nude lipstick for everyone), you’ll look washed out. The translucency lets you fudge it a bit.
My favorite products for this look are the Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons and Lip Shines (I’ve pulled my favorite colors for this look and used them in these pictures, but you can see their full range of lip shades here). The Lip Crayons are creamy and more pigmented than their tinted lip balms, but offer just the right amount of translucency. The perfect nude tone is really a peachy-pink, so I layer a little bit of Carolina Coast over Sedona Sands. The finish is a semi-matte, though I like to layer a tiny bit of the Lip Shine over it. I just dab it into the center of my lower lip to add some depth and make my lips look a little plumper, Spontaneity is my favorite to use.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.