Afternoon beauty fix: How to wear barely-there shades without looking washed out

What’s the best way to wear barely-there lipstick without looking washed out?
Think pink instead of taking the word “nude” too literally, as lips are flushed not flesh tone (whatever that colour may be) when they have nothing on them. Avoid shades with brown or beige undertones, and choose a pinky taupe or copper instead. The most flattering shades are close to your natural lip colour, with a subtle shimmer or shine. We like the rosy coral and gold ribbon in Nars’ “Beautiful Liar” ($24, at because it’s barely there but flattering, like fancy lingerie for the lips.

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