National Lip Week: Sandra Bullock, Olivia Wilde and Gwen Stefani have ace nude-ish lips

Wed, 3 August 2011 5:13PM

Yes, I do realise the title of this post sounds a wee bit wrong, Primps. I mean, for starters, no one thought Gwen Stefani even owned nude-ish lipstick (she does, by the way), and Sandra Bullock certainly loves to play around with bold lip colours, too, doesn’t she? Yep. Olivia Wilde, however, tends to sport a subtle lip quite regularly, so that part of my title isn’t odd at all. (Thank goodness.)

Anyway, it’s just occurred to me that I spend waaay too much time perving on bright, bold lips (hello, Nicole Richie, Emma Stone and Elisha Cuthbert). It really is the honest truth. So, in an effort to please the gods and even things out a little, I’ve decided it’s high time to perve on some awesome nude-ish pouts.

You in? Sweet.


Sandra Bullock's nude lips

WHY THIS LIP COLOUR WORKS: Um, does this woman ever age? Right answer = no. But, because she is a lady nearing the age of 50, Sandra  Bullock knows too much eye makeup can be a little ageing. So, what does she do? She goes for low key lips to enhance the eye makeup she is wearing. Smart move, Sandra.


Gwen Stefani's Nude Lips

WHY THIS LIP COLOUR WORKS: This is pretty obvious, Primps, but Gwen Stefani is sporting a heck of a lot of eye makeup, not to mention a tonne of falsies, so a nude lip simply balances this all out. The slight frosty finish gives her lips a little edgy touch, though, while also making her lips pop.


Olivia Wilde's nude lips

WHY THIS LIP COLOUR WORKS: Out of all the three looks, Olivia Wilde is sporting the glossiest nude-ish lip. It’s also a little pink in comparison to the other’s pouts, but this works well with her complexion and the eye shadow hue she’s wearing. It’s punchy enough to give her face some lift, but it in no way competes with her dress, strong fringe or defined eyes.


L'Oréal Paris Infalllible Le Rouge Opulent Organza, $24.95L’Oréal Paris Infalllible Le Rouge Opulent Organza, $24.95

It’s not just our VIP Club who have been taking these lipstick newbies for a whirl lately, Primps, but our own Eliza, too. She’s had this particular colour on a few days this week (she loves a nude lip), and she’s loving not only the colour but the texture as well.

This particular shade – Opulent Organza – is the perfect hue to team with a smoky eye, or even with bare-ish lids if you’re keen for a natural look. But if you’re going for the latter option, just be sure to give your cheeks some colour using either blush or bronzer. Or both. You could look a little dead if you don’t. And unless you’re Robert Pattinson, that ain’t too cool.


Are you a nude lipstick wearer?
Which celeb do you think looks best with a nude pout?
Are you keen to copy any of their makeup looks?

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  • Posted by: Victoria-1302564382 Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 05:22pm

    I like Sandra B. natural lip color! Have something like this myself:)

  • Posted by: Mockymoo // Wed, 3 August 2011 05:28pm

    Sandra looks gorgeous and elegant. Not a fan of this look on Gwen – a bit train-wreckish if you ask me. Olivia’s look is nice and simple. Will have to try the lippy – I’ve been on the hunt for a nude… (lip, that is)

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 05:42pm

    Not a fan of the nude lip. I’m much more a bold lip kinda gal.

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 05:55pm

    Olivia”s peachy lips look great – that’s my kind of nude shade.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 06:34pm

    I like the peacy nude of Olivia Wilde’s lips, nude ie skin colour does not look that great in my opinion. PS Sandra’s colour looks great too!

  • Posted by: SydneyRose Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 06:55pm

    I have a few different shades of nude lipsticks that I wear with earth colour clothes like caramel, cream, beige, chocolate to name a few.

    Gwen Stefani looks the best out of the 3 above photos. She always makes any lipstick colour stand out. She tends to add frost or gloss to most of her lipstick colours. Gwen has the perfect skin tone for makeup. Her skin tone shows off most makeup colours for lips, eyes, cheeks.

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 07:54pm

    I love a nude lip! Loving Sandra and Gwen here, but am not a huge fan of Olivia’s look.

    I would love to pull off Gwen’s look but I’m not sure I could. 😛

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 08:21pm

    Love nude lips and Olivia rocks the look here though I have always had a soft spot for Sandra. I love Olivias subtle eyes here as well.

  • Posted by: Bridals // Wed, 3 August 2011 09:07pm

    I love Olivia with a fringe. She also has the most beautiful eyes!

  • Posted by: NatMon Master Fan // Wed, 3 August 2011 09:12pm

    I like the look, but not for me. I think it makes me look really washed out.

  • Posted by: tinamiller Enthusiast // Wed, 3 August 2011 09:34pm

    Ooooh I luv a set of lips in the raw..alright…nuuuude….especially when my skin is having a hormonal hissyfit and I don’t want to draw attention to the lower half of my face.

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Thu, 4 August 2011 07:50am

    I have been on the lookout for a nude lipstick, will have to try this one out!

    How funny that Sandra is nearing 50 but looks as young or maybe younger than the other two girls! her nude lip is awesome!

  • Posted by: Julie Rodwell // Thu, 4 August 2011 09:43am

    Sandra’s makeup is similar to what I do with a few changes here and there, nude lippy I think goes well with a bronze look.

  • Posted by: Elmo Enthusiast // Thu, 4 August 2011 10:39am

    You def need to find the right shade for your skin tone. I’m not into the ‘dead lip’ look – and thanks to an excellent recommendation from another fair skinned friend – I’ve discovered MAC Lustre lipstick in Patisserie which is the perfect nude for me!

  • Posted by: Blanche Supporter // Thu, 4 August 2011 11:56am

    I have a burning question, what is the right nude colour if you have very pigmented lips but pale skin? Anything too light looks washed out and awful over really naturally rosy lips I find!

  • Posted by: lady Devotee // Thu, 4 August 2011 12:00pm

    I really don’t like the frosted lippy that Gwen Stefani is wearing.

    I LOVE how Sandra Bullock is wearing her make-up in the above picture – it’s so flattering!

    I’m pretty fond of the shade Olivia Wilde is wearing – anyone have any suggestions as to where I may find a similar lippy?

  • Posted by: tegania11 Master Fan // Thu, 4 August 2011 03:03pm

    gwen stefani without red lips looks a tad like a playboy bunny…. i love Sandra B though!

  • Posted by: alicesu1 Newbie // Thu, 4 August 2011 04:34pm

    I think the most flattering is a pinky-nude. The Chanel Coco Rouge Shine in Boy has the best colour and texture!

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Thu, 4 August 2011 06:45pm

    Oh how I am a nude lippy girl. Sandra and Gwen look ace.

  • Posted by: Jo-1310093326 // Fri, 5 August 2011 06:25pm

    OOOh, it’s a toss up between Olivia and Sandra. I sort of like Gwen’s look but not those black eyes and gory dress.I would love to know how to copy O + S ‘s looks. That is the look i try to recreate but fail . Thanks for telling us about the copycat lipstick – can’t wait to sample it in the shops.

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Sat, 6 August 2011 05:47am

    i cant get over how beautiful olivia is! i love the look of the packaging of the loreal lipstick, cant wait to check it out :)

  • Posted by: Emma-1303093844 Master Fan // Sat, 6 August 2011 11:22pm

    I love a neutral lip…so flattering! Love Sandra’s version, she is just so gorgeous. Going on 50? Looks more like 30…amazing!

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Mon, 8 August 2011 03:54pm

    Gwen seems to be looking rather unhappy in the last few photos I’ve seen on Primped…

  • Posted by: Eliza Barr // Mon, 15 August 2011 06:27pm

    I don’t mind Olivia and Sandra’s nude lip, but I cannot pull off Gwen’s style, I can’t solve the ghosty dilemma!

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Fri, 16 September 2011 11:39am

    I’m still looking for my perfrect nude! I find it needs to be very slightly pink or else I just look weird! Sandra looks the best!

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Fri, 20 January 2012 09:06pm

    I adore Gwen Stefani’s look! She is always immaculate! And Sandra looks great as well!

    Like Bantam, I haven’t yet found my perfect nude shade, but it’s a work in process…

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 31 July 2013 08:22pm

    I am a nude lipstick wearer. I love nude lipstick, the L’Oreal Paris lippy looks so nice.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 7 March 2014 09:30pm

    I am so used to seeing Gwen with red lips, nude colour lips suit her as well, gorgeous girl.

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