Some women wear lipstick to make a statement; others, to look alive. If you fall into the latter category, consider this your crash course in MLBB colors! Popularized by the online beauty community, this ubiquitous acronym stands for My Lips But Better and simply means natural. Think: peachy nudes, dusty mauves, and just-bitten browns. The idea is to be wearing enough color on your lips to look presentable, but not enough to be obvious.

Looking for a less-is-more palette? Here are 6 MLBBs our customers swear by! Use them as the finishing touch for no-makeup makeup—or on days when you refuse to wear any makeup at all.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm, P390
Dianne, 22, Fair Skin: “I bought the Stockholm color of this lipstick. At first, I didn’t like the color because I [thought] it [looked] like a bright orange on my lips. But when I tried looking at it [with] different lighting, I realized that it actually is my MLBB color! It’s a nude-orangey color that looks pretty for everyday use. The color last on my lips even after drinking. It’s just a little drying so you might need to moisten your lips frequently to control the dryness.”

Happy Skin Moisturizing Matte Lippie in Indulge Me, P649
Lesley, 33, Fair Skin: “I’m in love with this color! Ever since the brown-lip-aka-90s-lip has resurfaced, I was drawn to all shades of brown. As with any matte formula of Happy Skin’s SUKM line, it glides smoothly on the lips and leaves a matte finish without feeling heavy. [Indulge Me is] not so dark as to look vampy or gothic. The shade is just right for everyday work wear. I hope Happy Skin will release a liquid lipstick version of this.”

L’Oréal Paris Matte Parisian Brown in Rose Fondu, P400
Kristina, 30, Medium Skin: “I love this Rose Fondu lipstick from L’Oréal because it [gives] my lips a natural soft look. I use it almost every day at work. It is not that pale or even too much, just perfect for my skin tone. Whenever I use it, I look fresh. I would love to try other shades as well.”

Maybelline Creamy Matte in Touch of Spice, P299
Angelica, 22, Medium Skin: “We adore Touch of Spice!!! My mom, titas, and I all have this shade. We have different skin tones but this shade suits us all. It’s perfect for everyday use and for when you’re taking ID pictures. It really is the perfect universal ‘my lips but better’ lipstick.”

DETAIL Matte in Detail Liquid Lipstick in Loth and Jhen, P225
Apple, 18, Medium Skin: “Loth and Jhen are a daily staple for me! Beautiful everyday nude shades! If you want a chocolate-y shade, go for Loth, and if you want a nude with a pinkish undertone, go for Jhen! They weren’t really dry on my lips and they do stay put, except when I eat something oily like sinigang or the Chicken Inasal. Aside from that, beautiful shades and I recommend these matte liquid lipsticks because they’re affordable and worth the price! Just don’t forget to moisturize! Especially if you have very dry lips like me!”
Angela, 30, Medium Skin: “I’ve tried other liquid matte lipsticks and these are definitely one of my favorites, especially with that price! The formula is a little thin, but this makes it really easy to spread and dry. No weird caking! The color payoff is also really really good. I have Loth (my absolute favorite, a dark orange-toned brown that looks good on basically EVERYONE) [and] Jhen (a light peach-pink that is somewhat bright on my complexion, but is perfect for spring/summer and would look great on lighter, pink-toned girls)…The watermelon smell is really pleasant and it stays on a long long time, as long as you don’t put anything underneath/over it and you don’t, I repeat, DO NOT smack your lips while it’s still drying.”

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