For the past four years, I have found myself coming back to this one particular lipstick time and time again. It gives my lips just enough colour so I don’t look overwhelmingly made up, but just enough for a regular day-to-day look. It is inexpensive, easy to find and goes wonderfully well with my skin tone. I’m talking about my trusty tube of NYX Euro Trash, a warm-hued pink lipstick that has become my ultimate “My Lips But Better” colour!
What is a “My Lips But Better” colour?
A “My Lips But Better” colour (or MLBB for short) is a lip colour that matches your lips closely and only lies a few shades lighter or darker than the natural colour of your own lips. It is the perfect go-to tube when you want to achieve a more neutral makeup look e.g. an everyday look, office look or a breakfast date look. Most people would assume such lipsticks to have nude-coloured shades. That was what I was looking for at first but it was quite difficult for me because most nude-coloured lipsticks just make me look washed out and sick. I wanted a colour that still showed up on my lips but could pass off as a nude shade against my skintone. Thankfully, I stumbled across NYX’s Euro Trash – an everlasting addition to my makeup collection!
Are you on the hunt for your perfect MLBB colour? Here are 5 tips to help you out:
- Go matte
When choosing your MLBB, stick to the matte lipstick lines. Matte colours are great for everyday and are versatile as you can choose to layer it with shiny or glittery lipglosses when you feel like switching up your look every now and then. Be careful of matte but drying formulas (e.g. MAC’s matte finish lipsticks). Instead, look out for matte and creamy formulas. On days when you need to just swipe and go, you need a foolproof formula that is hassle-free and easy to apply. I would recommend NYX’s line of matte lipsticks.
2. Keep way from the nudes
“Nude” is a lie. What we know as nude is also beige, which isn’t the nude skintone for many girls and women in the world. You know your skintone best, so opt for shades that go well with your skin colour or your skin’s undertone.
3. Go for darker shades with brightening colours
Darker shades have a lower chance of looking washed out on your lips. At the same time, you want a colour that will brighten your look. Dusty rose-coloured lipsticks or coral-tinted brown shades are some colours that you could try out.
4. Swatch your colours on the inner part of your wrist
When you want to find a colour that matches your lips closely, you want to make sure you know how the colour will turn out when you swipe it on. Do not swipe your colours on the back of your hand – this will not give an accurate colour payoff. Instead, do it on the inner side of your wrist. The colour you get will be a closer match to the colour you will see on your lips.
5. Start with lipsticks from the more affordable brands
If you are lucky, you will find your MLBB colour on the first try. However, most of us might take a while to discover this wonderful shade of lipstick that is so special and perfectly made for us. If you fall into the latter group of people, you might want to start off with the more affordable brands of lipsticks as you navigate through the sea of brown and pink shades before you find The One. Neutral-coloured lipsticks are tricky, and it’s always best to purchase them at the counter itself instead of online. Some of these brands include NYX, Sephora’s in-house brand and drugstore brands like Revlon (that seem to be on sale every now and then).
Everyday I am thankful that I have found this wonderful colour and I hope that you will too! Keep in mind that these are rough guides to follow and you can switch it up according to your personal makeup preferences (e.g. you might prefer a creamy lipstick finish to a matte one). Happy swatching and I hope my tips will come in handy!