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Perfect Pairs! Lipstick+Varnish Matches

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By Sophia Hussain

Want to meet your perfect natural makeup match? We can help–in beauty terms that is!

There are basically five key hues used as staples in any beauty company’s arsenal: nude, pink, coral, violet, and rouge.  Whilst the trend for unusually coloured nails (think baby blue, canary yellow and black) was huge over the summer, the colder months are returning to nail shades that would also look great on lips. Matchy matchy makeup is back!

For lipstick, I always choose an all-naturally formulated product with a crème or semi-matte finish. This provides the best opaque coverage and can easily be transformed into a matte finish by simply blotting a tissue, or amplified with the addition of a gloss or shimmer shadow at the centre of the bottom lip.  

For nail enamels, I love using either a 5-free, or at least a 4-free formula, meaning these contain no harmful formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DPT), toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor (By the way, ladies, did you know that camphor is what causes disgusting yellow nail stains!)

Now, prepare to meet our five perfect couples in a range of wonderful lipstick+varnish matches.

1. The Naughty Nudes

Beauty Bonus!  Instantly create the illusion of plump lips and elongated fingers.

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Alwan Cosmetics

Elevate slick feline flicks, kohl-rimmed eyes, or sultry smokey eyes with nude lips.  Jeannie is a gorgeous pigmented beige nude hue in a crème finish, with a delicate hint of shimmer that catches the light like diamonds.  An aromatic delight, this vegan-friendly formula contains natural vanillin extract and nourishing vitamin E for ooh la la lush lips.

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Givenchy Le Vernis

Beige Mousseline is a nude beige lacquer that dries to a brilliant high-gloss lustre and is an absolute stunner on elegant almond-shaped tips.  This French couture luxury comes housed in super-luxe bottles resembling tiny perfumes, topped off with a metallic mirrored cube cap. 

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2. The Perfect Pinks

Beauty Bonus!  This prototypically feminine hue exudes a lady-like elegance.

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Sweet & Safe Kiss

Practice pouting with Rose Pétale, a pretty pink hue that imparts a fresh beauty to the face in a silky, semi-matte finish.  Created in collaboration with celebrity French makeup artist Christophe Danchaud, this organic lipstick cohort is infused with apricot, shea butter and pro-collagen enhancer gotu kola.

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Soigné Botanique

Your nails will look pretty in pink with Limonade Rose, a soft pink hue for a natural polished look (did you know “Soigné” is French for “well-groomed”)?  This 5-free enamel also contains 85% plant-sourced, natural ingredients, extracted from natural origins such as wood pulp, cotton, potato, corn, wheat, and manioc.

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3. The Cute Corals

Beauty Bonus!  Create a youthful healthy glow to your skin.

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INIKA Vegan Lipstick

Capture an Australian sunset in a swipe of a lipstick simply named Coral – a lovely peach hue in a crème finish.  This lippy also contains certified organic avocado and jojoba seed oils for nourished lips.

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INGLOT O2M

Accent your tips with this brilliant coral hue in O2M #696, which also has a slight micro-gold glitter sheen when it dries to a high-gloss finish after two coats.  The enamel, which is suspended in sleek bottles resembling ice cubes, uses an innovative water-permeable formula containing Polymer KS_02 which allows water and oxygen to pass through to the nails.

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4. The Vivacious Violets

Beauty Bonus!  Channel royalty in rich tones that exude confidence.

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Serge Louis Alvarez

Use what beauty insiders covet from pro makeup artists.  Bio Rich Lipstick (05) is a gorgeous plum hue in a crème finish that will definitely amp up your glam.  Tone down the drama and wear this as a lip stain for a subdued grape hue.  Contains organic jojoba, sesame, and calendula oils, and fair trade ximinea oil.

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Tuesday in Love

Treat shrinking violet syndrome with a “Prince Harry” session.  Just one coat of this vivid violet hue (aptly named Prince Harry) is enough to turn your fingers fancy.  Use just one coat of the unique clear Top Coat and you’ll easily extend the longevity of your royal couple.  This ingenious peelable nail enamel is also water permeable for a healthier alternative for your nails.

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5. The Romantic Rouges

Beauty Bonus!  Be the quintessential glamour girl and femme fatale. (Our Editor in Chief adores red lippies!)

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Maria Akerberg Lip Care Colour

Amplify your pucker with a red hue and your pearly whites will look even whiter when you smile.  Classic Red is a lush, blue-based pigmented red hue in a crème finish, and this vegan formula contains castor seed oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E to keep lips smooth and soft. 

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Priti NYC American Beauty

Look city chic clicking selfies with your perfectly manicured red nails.  Adorn your nails with vegan-friendly American Beauty in a lovely poppy, blue-based red hue that adds a fabulous finish to your look. 

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