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Red, burgundy, plum, brown, purple, or mauve. Red is my favorite so I feel personally attacked by these high end brands that only seem to release red and pink shades…

I’m drawn to shades that don’t look good on me. I wish I could pull off Bubblegum pink or a bold vampy deep dark shade without looking half-dead. Most nudes look like I rubbed concealer on my lips. I’ve had to make peace that the shades I want just won’t work on me.

Instead I find myself drawn more to berry/wine shades and muddied reds.

Same here regarding the nudes. On me, “nude lip” translates to “dead lip”. I tried some slightly more pink toned nudes but they just look sort of milky and dreadful. But on me, they’re so unflattering that I don’t even “want” them.

I have this same problem! I’ve tried several shades over several brands and nope. They somehow manage to drain all the color from my face. I have better luck with nude shades meant for folks with deeper skin tones than me but I don’t know if that still qualifies as a nude lip lol.

Tops are anything in the fuchsia/magenta/hot pink family, followed closely by reds. Also, strong, bright corals; vivid oranges; purples and lavenders; orchids; rosy browns; pinkish mauve and light plum MLBB shades; greiges; and unconventional colors. Anything with duochrome, metallic, opalescent, or sparkly finishes.

I typically like a ‘my lips but better’ vibe for the most part but in the summer I DO love a bright coral-y orange with bronzed up skin. In the fall I like a chocolate-y color, more 90’s brown. I would LOVE to rock a red lip during the holiday season but I just have not ever found a red that I felt looked nice on me.

Mauve, pink, purple. Mostly nude-for-me or thereabouts (Mac Modesty is a true nude on me). My MLBB colours are Mac Mehr (winter), Nars Anna, Mac Creme in Your Coffee, Mac Soar (summer). I also rock a lot of reds (Nars Carmen, Dior 999, Mac Lady Danger if that counts as red, Red Rock if it doesn’t)

Cool-toned colors! My lips look weird as heck with warm tones on them. I especially love dark colors, blues, purples, and berries. MLBB shades are useful and I have conventional red and pink shades, too, but sometimes you just need a metallic black or an emerald green, y’know? 🙂

Ah… should I make an ode to beautiful deep burgundies? But why, when I already found my perfect one in MAC Diva?

Otherwise, I am usually attracted to anything with maybe undertones, especially since my lips are naturally mauvish. Anything from my lips but better shades to deep dark shades. But not shades going too pink or purple.
I am also strangely attracted to very cold toned shades with brown or grey undertones, although they aren’t the most flattering on me.

Much of it depends on the time of year. Strange, I know, considering that I live in a place where there really aren’t “seasons”, per se!
Yet, still, going into “autumn”, I’m drawn to red-browns, rusty or warm reds and burgundy.
These join my usual favorites: beautiful full-bodied reds, orange-reds, rich beige “nudes” (both pinky or peachy tinged), purples, plums (plummy mauves, too) and berries.

Now during our “surface of the sun hot” season: red-orange, coral and warm fuchsia join the regular faves.

I am completely drawn to a wide variety of shades nowadays and I have definitely had a big shift in colours over the past few years, away from darker berry shades to softer shades. My favourites are:
Orangey copper shades such as Foolish by CP and Spice for Me by Maybelline
Ginger shades – by EA and Clarins
Softer coppery shades – Tea Thyme and LA Lady by CP, Battery Park Bronze by Laura Geller
Cinnamon Spicey shades – Milani, Clarins.

Berries, deeper blue based reds, purples, certain browns and occasionally a lighter nude or pink when I need a change. Mostly though I’m a sucker for a bold, moody lip.

Browny nudes, sandy nudes, browny brick reds, and flattering “weird” colors like black, deep sapphire/teal blue, some greens. SugarPill’s Sub Zero liquid lip is the number one best dramatic color ever on my skin it looks soooo amazing. If only I had it in me to wear liquid lips more.

I learned a long time ago that brown works great on my lips. A sheer brown-based lip can actually enhance my natural lip color and make them look more red, whereas a pink will make me look like an old lady corpse.

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