Not all nude lipsticks are created equallya too-light hue can create a chalky appearance, while peach-tinted colors often err on the orange side of the spectrum. At the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Ball in New York City, Jessica Biel’s tawny lip color hit all the right notes, thanks to some careful layering by her makeup artist Molly Stern, who used two different products to create the shade. “Jessica wanted to go for a modern look with a classic Hollywood feel,” said Stern. “For her makeup, I wanted her to look like a sepia-toned photograph come to life.” Stern combined a flesh-toned stain with a buff lipstick for Biel, and we love how the shade embodied all the elements of a sexy nude lip without making her look washed out. Want to try your hand at the effect? We recommend swiping on the lip stain first, as they tend to be more pigmented and can show up darker than expected. Then, blend a slightly lighter-hued lipstick over the top to adjust the color.
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