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au natural:  lips that bare it all
Stark naked lips are in the buff this season

A nude mouth is a huge trend this season, but pulling off this look can be tricky. The mind-boggling array of pale shades can leave you feeling quite shy. The key is finding a color that doesn’t wash you out. For a no fail, natural looking pale lipstick factor in the coloring of your skin and your lips. This is why a lipstick color that looks great on Angelina Jolie or your best friend's lips doesn't always look so good on you.

Flattering Hues
If you think neutral is boring, bring these babies on! One or two shades lighter than your natural lip color will give you the most flattering stark-naked lip. Pick an undertone that best compliments your skin tone. If your skin has a pink or cool undertone choose a beige with a slight rose, like Ethereal. If your skin has a yellow or warm undertone, choose a beige with a slight peach undertone, like Heavenly. For fair to medium skin tones, cooler nudes look more natural. Olive to dark skin tones, warmer nudes look better. The best-selling favorite is Glazed, a neutral taupe with a slight shimmer that looks amazing on everyone.

Add Dimension and Definition
This season sheer, glossy, shimmery lips are everywhere from runway to reality and naked lip colors are no exception. Nude shades should be sheer and have a slight shimmer or shine to avoid looking washed out. Matte lipsticks not only look flat but also can be very drying to the lips, so opt for a cream based lipstick and add a little gloss, for a healthy, au naturel glow. Application is easy, as neutral colors and sheer formulas can be applied direct from the tube. For a more polished look that won't wear off or stray out of bounds, line lips with a lip pencil after applying color. Or try a great, buff lip liner, like Touch, which looks great on just about any skin tone, and use that as a base shade by filling in the entire lip. You can follow with a high-shine gloss for a patent pout. Getting naked is only half the fun, experiment with texture - shimmer, gloss, sheer for the ultimate in stripped lips!

Strip Tease
Get lips that feel as good as they look. If you have dry flakes, gently exfoliate them with a damp washcloth or tooth brush. Then moisturize your mouth with lip balm. Begin by applying a thin, even coat of  lip color, wait until it is completely dry and then brush on Big Fat Kiss, a lip plumping shiny topcoat. This slick plumping gloss brushes on for a surge in size (sans the sting), a rise in shine and less obvious perioral lines. The look is natural, yet sexy and perfect for women of all ages.

the in crowd
Our editors pick the season's most popular celebrity looks
 

Paris Hilton

Maria Menounos

Sandra Bullock

Katherine Heigl

Jenny McCarthy

Fergie

Aisha Tyler

Bai Ling

Kristin Cavallari

Eva Longoria

Juliette Binoche

Mischa Barton

Lindsay Lohan

Beth Ostrosky

Petra Nemcova

Carmen Electra

Mandy Moore

Kendra Wilkinson

Jennifer Lopez

Drew Barrymore

Rihanna

Katharine McPhee

Ashlee Simpson

Carrie Underwood

Miley Cyrus

Demi Moore

Rachael Ray

Eva Longoria

Jessica Biel

Molly Sims

Hayden Panettiere

Jennifer Garner

Courteney Cox

Penelope Cruz

Angelina Jolie

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Brooke Shields

Kimberly Stewart

Lindsay Lohan

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