Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement last month, ‘Meghan Mania’ has swept the nation. She’s the name on everyone’s lips and so it seemed only a matter of time before attention turned to what was on her lips too.
Dubbed ‘The Markle Effect,’ Meghan’s penchant for nude lipsticks has reportedly led to a spike in sales after she sported the look both at her first photo call and engagement interview with her husband-to-be. In fact, online beauty brand Memi shared that they’d seen spikes reach as high as 65 per cent, with its Matte Luxe Lipsticks in Tease Me and Quickie, £12, having garnered the most amount of attention.
In the past, finding nude lip colour ranges that catered for both different skin tones and budgets was notoriously tricky. However, today’s line-ups have come leaps of bounds to provide a greater choice than ever before. From matte to satin, bullet to cream, here are the brands and ranges that deliver.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, £24
Rumoured to be the lipstick range worn by Meghan in her engagement interview with Prince Harry, it offers a great selection of shades to suit both fair and dark complexions. Favourites include Bond Girl , Birkin Brown , and Meghan’s reported favourite, Very Victoria .
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NARS Audacious Lipstick, £26
With a creamy texture that doesn’t dry out lips, these semi-matte finish bullets provide great colour payoff and have noteworthy staying power. From nude pinks to beiges and caramels and more, its 51-shade selection offers ample choice for those looking for both neutrals and something more vibrant.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, £6
With an applicator that makes navigating round the cupid’s bow a doddle and a slick cream formula that spreads evenly and smoothly, this pick adds a great level of precision and polish to your handiwork. Ideal if you're looking for something that provides a crisper finish than a lipstick.
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Bobbi Brown Semi-matte Lip Color, £24
You can always count on Bobbi Brown to deliver when it comes to wide-ranging foundation shade ranges and its Lip Colour line-up follows suit with 13 out of the 36 classed as ‘nudes’. Rich, full coverage and non-drying, it’s easy to see why they’ve acquired such a loyal following over the years.
Topshop Nude Lip, £8
Available in four shades from the beige ‘Coven’ to the deep brown ‘Bevy,’ these buttery lipsticks from the high street giant are a steal at just £8. Lightweight and flattering on a range of skin tones, they provide a healthy looking dewiness that dry lips will be drawn to in the winter months.
MAC Satin Lipsticks, £16.50
MAC’s Satin range is proof that some lipsticks are built to stand the test of time. From the pinky-beige Spirit to the light neutral nude Myth, it’s the product that made MAC famous for a reason.
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