Nude Lips and New York Fashion Week

Published in: Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

While models dressed up for Fashion Week, their lips dressed down, as several designers sent nude lips down the catwalk. Peach, pink and even beige lip shades ruled the runway in finishes of matte and high gloss.


What we see at Bryant Park can signal upcoming trends, like nude lips for fall 2009, but I think the look’s perennial. Go Team Nudes!

I’ve been spotting examples of it all week long… Here are some ideas to try at home.

At the Oscar de la Renta show (pictured at top), the lips were natural, pink and glossy.

For lips inspired by the same look, start by lining your pucker with MAC Cremestick Liner in Pink Treat, a creamy warm rose. Then, add one layer of a pale, shimmery beige lipstick — I used MAC lipstick in Quiet, Please.

For more glossy shine, top it off with pink and shimmery MAC Lipglass in Cherry Blossom.

The lips at the Narciso Rodriguez show were all about the matte, peach and nude.

I like this one because it’s pretty easy. Apply one layer of warm and peachy MAC Mattene lipstick in Flattering (a matte lipstick), applied straight from the tube.

My favorite nude lips at Bryant Park this week have been the peachy, glossy lips at the Anna Sui show.

Begin by lining your lips with MAC Cremestick liner in Honey B., a creamy peach.

Then, layer shimmery peach Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in Thrillin’ Brazillian directly on top.

Finish with some clear gloss, like (try MAC Lipglass in Clear), slicked over the whole lip.

I think nude lips look fantastic with pretty much any eye look, but they look exceptionally stunning when paired with smokey eyes (click for a simple smokey eye).


Tea and crumpets

A peek inside Crown & Crumpet

The sun is making an unscheduled appearance today, yea! This, after more than a week of gloom and rain, so I’m playing hooky to meet a friend for tea and crustless finger sandwiches in San Francisco this afternoon. πŸ™‚

I hope you’re having good day so far. Let me know how you’ve been.

Your neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Alison says:

    Love the glossy peah and pink lip looks. The crown and crumpet looks really cute, the tablecloths look like cath kidston ones, I love her retro prints! Enjoy your day out!

  2. Tali says:

    God its been so long since ive done ‘tea’! Its somthing about those little sandwitches that just can be recreated at home.

    Peach doesnt look so hot on me.. but i must say in general im diggin a pink look. The new lipstick by body shop in 01 (moroccan rose collection)… well i bought 4. SO yes.. pink is my peach!

    Enjoy the day out!!!

  3. YadiQ says:

    i am so jealous – i want tea and finger sandwiches with a side of anna sui style peachy gloss


    my weigh in was so so last night i didnt make the 7lb mark i lost 5lbs but i lost 2 inches i guess i had some muscle gain which is a good thing i rather it than fat !!! i still deserve makeup right? LOL

    no one ever believes how much i weigh so i guess my muscles are pretty dense cause i am pretty heavy for my 5’6″ frame lol i thought of you last night – my trainer started my sessio with 5 minutes of stair machine – i was dying that machine gives me motion sickness makes me dizzy and nauseous
    i got thru it though lord knows i hat that machine!

  4. Kate says:

    The restaurant looks cozy! I despise tea unless I’m really sick and my throat drops aren’t working. I don’t like coffee period.

    The sun’s out here too! It’s just bitingly cold and windy, not warm. And guess who’s inside away from the 20 degree weather and 23 mph winds? That would be me. If only it were warm. I haven’t even gotten dressed either so I’m still in my “I Love Snoopy!” pajamas.

  5. Shefali says:

    Thank you so much for the quick recap of NYFW. It’s PERFECT to be able to see lip trends in ONE POST. Thanks for also showing how to replicate the looks with products that are available to us.

    Hope you have a great time at tea! I love going to tea and do it every few months with my best girlfriends. It’s such a girly way to bond!!

    So glad it’s Thursday. One more work day…and it’s sunny!! Yay! I might actually wear a spring dress tomorrow!

  6. LOVE this post!!!! Gorgeous lips on ya their Karen! And could those models at Oscar de la Renta have any more PERFECT eyebrows? Damn!!! I am now sipping a lovely vanilla tea I purchased in Paris last spring – it is quite lovely, quite…

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Alison,

    Tea was so much fun! If you’re ever in SF you should def. hit up Crown & Crumpet. I had one type of tea that actually smelled and tasted like peaches. It was lovely.

    How’s your Thursday been?

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Tali,

    I remember you saying that the Moroccan Rose makeup was tops! I will have to check it out. πŸ™‚

    I hope you had a lovely Thursday!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi YadiQ,

    I have such a hard time building muscle, so I’m so jealous!

    You definitely deserve a makeup reward for all that hard work.

    That stupid-ass stair stepper machine! I’m going to do it again tonight. I swear it’s a love/hate thing, LOL! Isn’t it amazing how much you sweat even just after five minutes?

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Kate,

    Cute! Pajamas are always in style in my book. πŸ™‚

    I hope your day was better than yesterday!

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Shefali,

    I was wondering if it the sun was out your way! It was actually kind of (gasp) warm here today!

    Tea was so much fun. My friend and I sat outside and soaked up the sun and did a nice, long catching up sesh.

    How’s your day been?

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Melissa,

    Your tea sounds delish. I raise my tea cup to you. *toasts*

    The brows on the Oscar models are too fierce for words. I also love the silvery/smokey eyes on the Anna Sui models. I’m going to try that look in a few.

    I hope you’re having a great Thursday so far!

  13. Kate says:


    It was infinitely better. A good day in my book is napping with Zena and no hives. It’s a bit cold in my house but I’m wearing a very warm sweater with fleecy stuff on the inside. I’m nice and toasty.

  14. Kate says:


    It was infinitely better. A good day in my book is napping with Zena and no hives. It’s a bit cold in my house but I’m wearing a very warm sweater with fleecy stuff on the inside. I’m nice and toasty warm.

  15. Heidi says:

    You can’t go wrong with nude lips. I just bought victoria’s secret lipgloss in ‘hot cocoa’. It tastes really good and gives the right amount of sheen. You should try it!

  16. Sarah says:

    Nude lips are right my style. If the lips are conservative than I feel like there’s more room to go more extravagant on my eyes, but if both my lips and eyes are bright it’s too easy to look like a hooker LOL!

  17. Karen B says:

    Looks like the COOLEST place ever πŸ™‚

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Kate,

    Oh, hives are the worst. I get those sometimes too with food allergies. It sucks because you can’t really control them.

    Anyway, have a good Friday and stay warm!

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Heidi,

    I will put it on my list. πŸ™‚ I’ve tried a few VS makeup products and I’ve liked ’em. Hot Cocoa sounds delish!

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I hear ya! I love to play up my eyes, so nude lips are a staple for me, too. Do you have any fave nude lip colors?

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Yay! If/when you make it out SF you’ll have to go. πŸ™‚

  22. Shefali says:

    Hey Karen! My day was pretty good yesterday. Hectic, but good πŸ™‚ Glad you had fun at tea! TGIF!

  23. lexi says:

    while the rest of us where slaving away at work you were eating finger sandwiches???? ha – i’m not hatin – just a little jealous. i’ve been to lovejoy’s teahouse in noe valley hopefully i can check this spot out with my sisters soon!

    loving the peach and glossy look – because of your benefit review yesterday i’ve been obsessing with the new shadows/lipsticks. i even wore an old benefit lipstick for the hell of it and it made me wonder why i stopped wearing it. i love rediscovering old makeup (that hasn’t expired yet of course) don’t you?

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Shefali,

    TGIF indeed! Are you ready for the weekend? I so am!

    So far my weekend’s been great! El Hub and I just got back from dinner. We had Thai food (yum, it’s my fave) and then I dragged him to the mall again so I could window shop.

    Have a lovely evening!

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Lexi,

    LOL, yeah, and lil’ scones smothered in butter, too. I ate so much my friend had to practically roll me out of there. I hope you go with your sisters — I think you gals would dig it! There’s a ton of pretty stuff to look at inside. Plus, they also serve additional munchies in case you’re super duper hungry.

    Oh, which Benefit color did you bust out? I was all about Passionista, wooty woot!

  26. BernaD*va says:

    Karen! Crown & Crumpet is owned by my friends Christopher & Amy Dean…I will have to link them to your blog and tell them the positive feedback. I’m so glad to hear you liked it….it’s still on my To Do list!


    BernaD*va´s last blog post..It has begun – You Can Run 13.1 Workout Recap

  27. Karen B says:

    Of course. We’ll have some fabulous tea together then πŸ˜‰

  28. Karen B says:

    Mmmmmm, indeed we would πŸ™‚

  29. neena says:

    karen u always rock the lipsticks beautifully. i believe the mac mattene in flattering was LE, would you be so kind as to recommend another mac alternative?

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