Double-denim may not have cool appeal, and matching your mani to your outfit might sound old-fashioned, but there’s no such thing as being too ‘matchy-matchy’ when it comes to lips and tips. Done correctly – with a natural base and minimal eye makeup – matching your lips to your nails is the perfect way to bring together your whole look.
From the bright and bold to the neutral and understated, here’s our guide to the best pairings. With these failsafe combos, you’ll be mixing and matching your lips and tips for months to come.
Unconventional and exciting, dark and dramatic shades contrast well with porcelain complexions and complement dark skin tones beautifully. Coloured Raine Matte Liquid Paint in Royal and Butter London Nail Polish in Chat Up are a match made in heaven for a fresh take on colour.
Throw a nod to the vampy look by pairing Jeffree Star’s Lip Ammunition in Unicorn Blood with Smith & Cult’s Nail Polish in Lover’s Creep. These classic deep red shades pop against cool tones, making them the perfect duo for those with fair complexions and/or dark hair.
Sometimes it’s less about the shade and more about the undertone – if getting the colour spot-on isn’t possible, match cool to cool or warm to warm instead. Marry Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte in Gravity and Smith & Cult’s Nail Polish in She Said Yeah for a clean, crisp, and elegant finish.
On the nails, green is classic and sophisticated, on the lips it’s a playful and diverting element of colour. Match Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Crocodile Tears with Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Feed The Rich for a striking look that instantly commands attention.
Bright lips and tips are an excellent way to make a statement and add a daring yet feminine touch to your look. For electric pink accents, team the vivid Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition in Starfish with an equally eye-catching pigment-rich pink like Butter London Nail Polish in Flusher Blusher. The perfect way to jazz up a monochrome outfit.
For those who don’t do crazy colours, a neutral pairing offers a subtler way to match up – particularly if you prefer to let bright eyeshadow or bold eyeliner do the talking. Team a chic, understated duo like LA Splash’s Forbidden Kiss Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Latte with Butter London Nail Polish in Tea Time Patent Shine for universal appeal.