Everyone needs that shade of go-to lipstick–the one that’s easy to apply, goes with everything, has the perfect color and pigmentation, and makes your lips look even better than they already do. Lately, the “my lips but better” or MLBB trend has been growing as one of the best makeup looks. It perfectly complements natural or neutral makeup and comes in handy so frequently that you’re really missing out if you don’t have one!
Normally, this type of lipstick is about the same shade as your natural lip color, but with a little more depth and intensity. It appears natural while enhancing your appearance. Having an MLBB lipstick is perfect for those days when you’re wearing light makeup or want to go natural. This type of lip color completes your look without taking it to a more glam level. While many of the lipsticks I use in my MOTDs aren’t necessarily products you need to buy, an MLBB lipstick should be a part of everybody’s beauty arsenal.
Here are a few tips on finding your perfect shade:
- Shop in person. Even though shopping online is fun, some lipsticks appear different in the tube than they do on your lips. Unless the website you’re shopping from has products that are extremely true to the color they appear to be in pictures, you’ll want to go to your local beauty store to personally test out different shades.
- Skip shiny glosses. You want a more natural finish for everyday wear. Plus, who wants to get lip gloss stuck in their hair? A satin or cream finish is a much better choice.
- Match it to the right places. Try matching it to the darkest part of your inner lip or to your fingertip, which surprisingly is a very close match for your lip color.
- Test it without makeup on. This is the ultimate test for your new lipstick. If it looks good and makes you appear more polished when you’re not wearing any other makeup, it’s definitely the one for you.
If you don’t already have a MLBB shade in your makeup collection, it’s time to go out and get one! Having a shade that’s perfect for every day will make your life easier (while also making you look good!). Whether you plan to wear it on the days you aren’t wearing any other makeup, when you’re rocking a natural look, or even paired with a more glam look, there’s no doubt that your MLBB lipstick will come in handy time after time!
Here are a few of my favorites:
Desert Rose by Noyah is one of my go-tos for a pink, girly, but still natural pout. It’s semi-matte, so it’s the perfect finish for a MLBB. The natural formula hydrates and conditions lips as well.
PerriconeMD No Lipstick Lipstick is another one of my favorites. It has a bit of a glossier finish, but is still creamy enough that my hair doesn’t get stuck in it. The smell is great and it glides on smoothly. Plus, it contains neuropeptides that make your lips more supple and full.
Winky Lux’s Pippi is a universally flattering shade that probably has the smoothest application I’ve ever experienced. It has a lightweight mousse-y texture and is even infused with vanilla. Suspended pigments give lips a cushiony, plush feel.