Nude lipstick is the cosmetic equivalent of a little black dress. It goes with everything, is appropriate for any occasion, and makes the wearer look polished but never overdone. Since I began wearing makeup, I’d been on the hunt for a color that seemed like a second skin. At 15, I received a copy of Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces, a book that pushed me (and millions of others) into a lifelong beauty addiction. Though it features a series of vivid celebrity transformations created by Aucoin at the height of his artistic powers, one of its most straightforward images stuck with me: a shot of Winona Ryder, barefaced except for the brownish-peach tint on her lips. The ideal complement to her porcelain complexion, it made her seem like the best version of herself.
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