Great Beauty: The Nude Lip

When you think of a sexy lip, you automatically imagine red, right? Here's the thing: Sexy doesn't always have to equal bold--sometimes less is much, much more. There's something so seductive, so come-hither about a super-glossy, barely-there lip (not to mention, in our experience, it makes for a less messy kissing situation). Another plus? A nude lip gives you the option to rock a strong eye! Check out our some of our favorite celeb nude lips, and products to help you rock the look at home!
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 28, 2010

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When you think of a sexy lip, you automatically imagine red, right? Here’s the thing: Sexy doesn’t always have to equal bold—sometimes less is much, much more. There’s something so seductive, so come-hither about a super-glossy, barely-there lip (not to mention, in our experience, it makes for a less messy kissing situation). Another plus? A nude lip gives you the option to rock a strong eye! Check out our some of our favorite celeb nude lips, and products to help you rock the look at home!

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Thandie Newton balances her Cleopatra-lined eyes with a soft, neutral mouth.

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IMAN Luxury Lip Shimmer Gloss, Blushing Nude ($9.99, drugstore.com) leaves a sexy sheen on lips…plus a shot of seductive shimmer.

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Monica’s lips look luscious in shimmery, gold-flecked nude gloss.

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With her perfectly defined nude lips, smokey eyes and huge curls, Ciara looks every inch the bombshell glamour girl!

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Bare Escentuals i.d. Lip Gloss in Wearable Nude ($18, yesstyle.com) is a subtle, wearable neutral that looks fabulous on all brown skintones.

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Nene’s toffee-hued gloss perfectly compliments her warm, amber-toned makeup and haircolor.

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With her neutral eyeshadow, warm blush and pale, flesh-toned lip, Keisha Knight Pulliam’s giving a gorgeous “faux naturale” makeup look.

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Vincent Longo Lip Stain SPF 15 in Nude ($22, beauty.com) is a fabulous nude shade for darker skin tones. Plus, the moisturizing formula stays put all day.

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Keri Hilson lets her lips do the talking with this pale, pinky-nude shimmer gloss. She balances the neutral mouth with a strong, smokey eye. Love!

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Kelly Rowland’s barely-there, high-shine nude gloss is the perfect compliment to her sparkly highlights and long lashes.