I am out of secrets. After having written 44 beauty articles over the course of xoVain’s short existence so far, I really do think that my dirty laundry is all out on the internet for everyone to see.
Here’s one more from my last few slithers of secrets I have in my back pocket: I love being nude. Considering the fact that I come from a family that has instilled the idea that human bodies are meant to be kept under wraps, I enjoy being free of clothing too much. Not in an exhibitionist sorta way, more of like "Let me be free of this fabric prison I envelope myself in" when I’m in the cozy solitude comforts of my own home.
When I’m not naked, and when my fabric prison is a myriad of colors, I like to avoid a potential rainbow catastrophe with nudes. The problem is not everybody gets a brown girl’s nude shades right; I can’t count how many times I’ve been given a Chinese girl’s nude instead instead of my nude when I ask for it at the nail salon. It would probably be easier to sew my own pair of shoes than to find a pair nude heels in my shade of brown.
There are three go-to nude lipsticks that I’ve worshipped in the past few years--I have tried a ton, as I’m sure many of you have in search of the perfect nude--and here they are.
#1: MAC Cosmo
This lipstick is a medium pink with hints of brown, and it's the hints of brown that make it more of a nude shade for me. Had it been just all pink, I'd look like I just stole someone else's makeup bag and rubbed her lipstick all over my lips. Which would be weird, and gross. But such is not the case.
I like Cosmo because it still gives me a teensy bit of color without blending entirely into my skin.
#2 Revlon Matte Cocoa Craving
This matte lipstick is brown with orange undertones, and for a matte lipstick, it isn't drying at all. It's great when I need a canvas to pile on another lip color too.
#3 MAC Touch
Touch is the slam dunk nude for women my color. I have about seven half-used tubes because I went through a phase of wearing only nude lipsticks and I would buy a new one when I forgot it.
It's my perfect shade of nude: the exact color of my lips. The powers at MAC: I would be devastated if you ever decide to discontinue this shade. Please don't. I will name my firstborn Touch if I have to.
Other honorable mentions include Bobbi Brown Brownie Brown and Revlon Lip Butter in Fig Jam, which really isn't a lipstick but awesome nonetheless.
What shades are truly nude on you?