“My Lips but Better” - the new buzzword in beauty, has us questioning everything we knew. A style that’s better than matte nude lips? Seems impossible, yet it’s a simple process of cleverly enhancing nude lips with subtle colour and shaping, and adding a little depth. The My Lips but Better trend differs from nude, because nude disguises and neutralises colours to keep makeup simple or prevent a colour clash. MLBB does incorporate colour – only slightly stronger than nude. We know, it’s a tricky distinction to understand, but hear us out. Here’s how to do it.
#1. Lip Liners
The look begins with lip liners. The point of lip liners in the MLBB look is to produce a kissable pout. This is done by shaping and resizing your lips through recreating and enhancing the outline. Your lips will look naturally fuller and pouty.
For fair skin, a darker pinkish like L’Oréal Le Matte Lip Pen in Game, Set and Matte will help create the illusion of fullness when lining the lips. Medium skin should go for orange-based lip liners like Maybelline Colorblur Cream Matte Pencil & Smudger in Orange Ya Glad, and smudge lightly in the centre of the lips for a lip gradient. Those with dark skin should opt for NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner in Prune as it’s close to the brown colour of the skin but light enough to bolden the lips.
#2. Matte Lipstick
The first thing to do is find the right shade for your skin tone. To do this, fold your lower lip down so you can see the colour of your flesh inside your lip. This is the colour you’re going for. The point of this look is to not let the colour disappear or match your lip, but to be a shade lighter.
Fair skin should be in shades of peach and pink, like NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream, as it’s not too bright or washed out for your peachy skin. Medium skin has a wider selection than other lip colours. Oranges, corals, and darker purples are your friends. Try Lancôme Colour Design Matte Lip Crayon in Bite the Bullet for it’s flattering lavender on olive skin. Dark skin will flourish in shades of wine and burgundy mixed with dark browns and reds, like Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Bad Blood. Trust this red-brown colour to bring out the warm colour of your skin while making your lips pop.
A pro tip would be to stay away from anything too light, dark or glossy as highly pigmented glossy colour is a dead giveaway that your lip colour isn’t natural. Aim for the flattest, mattest finish you can find to make your lips look nude, but, of course, better.