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The MLBB Lipsticks You Need For A Natural, Perfect Pout

If you’re still unaware of the acronym “MLBB”, it basically means My Lips But Better, a term which refers to a lipstick shade similar to the natural colour of your lips. Whether you’re going for a “no-makeup” look or a dark smokey eye, it adds a natural wash of colour to perk up your overall complexion.

Finding the right shade may be a little tricky, the key is knowing your skin tone. If you have warm undertones, choose warmer hues such as lipsticks with red undertones (colours which are more saturated); and if your skin colour has cool undertones, opt for shades with blue/purple undertones. Stay away from mattes as well – the key is to look as natural as possible. Here, our favourite MLBB lipsticks for a range of different skin tones.

#1: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Ex-Girlfriend, $29
With a creamy texture and rich colour payoff, it only takes one swipe to coat your puckers. P/S: this shade is a favourite of the brand’s resident makeup artist Amanda Rodriguez. See: Rushing for time? This is the 3-minute makeup look to know  #2: Burberry Burberry Kisses in Sepia, $45
With buildable satin coverage, this hydrating lipstick glides on smoothly onto puckers to give a satin, luminous finish. #3: Moonshot Lip Feat in Barely Nude, $29, Sephora
This semi-matte lippie features a unique slant for easier application. #4: Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Georgie Girl, $42, Sephora
Formulated with antioxidant-rich seaberry and cocoa butter, it reportedly stains – while also hydrating – your lips for up 10 hours. #5: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Papaya Pop, $35
With a velvety smooth texture, this glides on easily onto your puckers and is said to keep them moisturised for up to eight hours. #6: Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in Cafe Parisien, $46
With over 10 shades of nudes in the range, there’ll definitely be one that suits your skin type. It also contains moisture-boosting pro-xylane to ensure your lips remain soft throughout the day. #7: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft, $32, Sephora
The brand may be known for its bright, vibrant shades but they do nude colours well too. It is also infused with vitamins A, C, and E to deliver moisture to your lips for comfortable wear.   #8: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Jane, $46
In a terracotta rose shade, this glides on smoothly onto your puckers and gives a satin finish. Main image: showbit.com Like this? Check out the lip liners and pencils to help you create a perfect pout, the illuminating cushion compacts to brighten dull, tired complexions and these fun orange lipsticks that will be your next summer go-to beauty buy.