How To Find The Perfect Nude Lipstick - The Ultimate Guide To Nude Lipsticks For Your Skin Tone

Any makeup artist, stylist or makeup enthusiast will assure you that red lipstick is the most classic and versatile lip color - you just can't go wrong with a red lip. But there are plenty of occasions when you need to find a balance between dark eye makeup and dramatic face contouring. Perhaps you're looking for a more subtle and everyday lip option to nail that au naturel look. In this case, you can't find a better lip color than a natural, nude shade. Earthy neutrals look flattering on every complexion and are versatile enough to wear every single day.  Neutrals also make it super easy to overdraw a lip for a naturally, fuller looking pout.

So, what is an ideal nude lip color? We all have different skin colors and types, therefore, there are an infinite number of nude lipstick shades and finishes we can  choose. From warm beige, to dusty rose and cocoa brown to deep chocolate -  there's a nude shade to flatter every complexion. Here's our Ultimate Guide To Nude Lipsticks.


Soft Lip Cream Look

If your skin tends to get dry drying during the day, it is better to stay away from dry formulas and harsh matte finishes. Consider picking a nude lipstick with a soft creamy texture or a soft matte finish - it will smooth out any fine lines and dry patches on your lips. Nourishing rich formulas will keep your lips hydrated, making them feel comfortable and look great. A little prep with gentle exfoliation followed by a thin layer of your favorite lip balm will help make your matte liquid lipsticks stay on all day without cracking or settling into fine lines. If you do need to touch up your liquid lipstick, don't re-apply, it'll be turn into a cake-y mess! Instead, simply remove with a makeup wipe and re-apply.



When choosing the right nude lip shade, try following this simple makeup rule - "mine but better." Go for a nude lip color, that matches your natural lip color but gives your lips a nice smooth finish, making them look more appealing and fresh. If you are not satisfied with the look, try the same color but a shade lighter or darker. Nude lipstick also looks great when the color is not an exact match with your natural lip shade but just a bit lighter or darker.


Velvet Teddy

If you have pale or lighter complexion, than choose a lipcolor that closely resembles the natural shade of your lips. Neutral toned nudes look best, not too pink and not to brownVelvet Teddy, deep-tone beige, is one of the most iconic nude shades and is what made Kylie's infamous pout, this shade looks stunning on a wide range of complexions!

Milkshake Lip

Soft and Natural

Soft Peach


Matte Lips

Don't go too light with your nude lippie or your lips will simply disappear! If you have yellowish skin undertone, a cool-based nude shade (mauve, plum and cool-toned rosy) will balance out your skin tone. The iconic Pillow Talk, nude pink, mimics the natural hue of your lips making them appear dreamy and fuller, no wonder this shade is sold every 2 minutes and it looks flattering on almost everybody!

Soft Peach


Soft Neutrals


Glossy Nude


As a rule of thumb for olive toned complexionsavoid warm-based nude shades and instead go for peachy corals or warm rosy nudes. Look for a nude lipstick that is yellow-based like Bella De Jour, a nude beige, which just so happens to be one of Kim Kardashian West's faves!

Summer Nights

Summer Nights

Soft coral and soft mauves also look great on olive skin tones. Don't be shy when it comes to glossy and metallic finishes which will make your complexion look radiant and even add a bit of glam to your look.


Simple Peach

Soft Coral


For medium complexions, you can pull off most nude shades. Pinky nudes, beige, mauves, plums and browns - experiment with different shades and go crazy-for-nudes because they will flatter your complexion. Just make sure it's not too light and doesn't wash. you out. Rich, pigmented shades look best and flattering on your skin tone. Paramount, reddish brown, is the shade Jennifer Anniston aka Rachael wore on Friends and is such a gorgeous brick hue. Petal Metal, metallic rose gold, is perfect for a glam, evening number.

Pinky Beige

Mauve Plum

Nude Beige


MAC Nudes

For warm golden and honey skin, look for deeper shades of nude lipstick. Sweet caramel, deep pink and light brown colors with velvety finishes will give your lips a beautiful and sophisticated look. Dolce K, deep beige nude, looks flattering on most complexions.

Mauve Brown


Glossy Brown


Coffee Nude

Shades of deep berry, chocolate and coffee nudes compliment deeper skin tones.

Glossy Nude

Lighter shades with frosty finishes illuminate the complexion for an all-over glow. The shade 01 Secret Nudenatural beige, is a beautiful bright nude that will add a bit of glam to your look. Brainz 'n Bronze, metallic bronze, is the ultimate party lip. Crucifix, deep chocolate, is a stunning shade that will flatter most complexions and again has major '90s vibes which has been a huge trend in recent years.

Frosty Pink

For a posh and elegant look, layer a high-shine lip gloss over your everyday nude lipstick. 

Cool Toned Lip

Smokey Glam

Glossy Nude

We hope this Guide to Nudes gave you plenty of options to try out this sexy, versatile shade.

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