It's the Bigfoot of beauty, the Loch Ness monster of makeup: The nude matte lip, attempted by many, but mastered by few. When preparing to try our hand at this subtle-but-impactful look, we had questions that grew into concerns, and concerns that developed into full-on fears. What if we can't find the right shade for our skin tone? What if it totally washes us out? What if we just look like a made-up, cake-y version of ourselves?
But, ever the willing teacher, makeup expert James Vincent rid us of all our insecurities — and actually made us second guess our unwavering allegiance to team red lip in the process. It's a new and exciting frontier, friends — check out our epiphany above.
Ardency Inn Boom Base Lip Balm & Base, $24, available at Sephora; Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Toned Lip Pencil in Medium, $25, available at Nordstrom; Ardency Inn Americana Natural Lip Color Pencil in Houston, $23, available at Sephora.
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