Nude lipstick shades are everywhere, from your favourite celebrities on the red carpet to the best supermodels on some of the world’s biggest runways, everybody is rocking a chic nude lipstick. Nude lipsticks are super versatile and one can never go wrong with the right nude lipstick shade that flatters their skin tone. Whether you want a nude peach lipstick to complement a dramatic smokey eye or are looking for an everyday pinky-nude lipstick to wear to work, nude lipstick shades are perfect for creating a balance for bold looks or adding a touch of natural-looking colour on your lips. Which is why it comes as no surprise that nude lipsticks are one of the most commonly worn lipsticks in different seasons. Don’t believe us, read about the best lipstick shades for every season to know more!
While the right nude lipstick shade can make you look effortlessly stylish and put together, the wrong one can make even the prettiest makeup looks look drab. If your nude lipstick shade is too light, it can make you look ashy and washed out. Too dark, and it defeats the whole purpose of sporting a nude lip! Finding the best nude lipstick for your skin tone is actually harder than it sounds, you need to take into account your skin tone and your undertone before you find the perfect match!
When choosing a nude lipstick for light and fair skin tones, pay close attention to your complexion and undertone to find a shade that brings out your features. Pale, fair, and light skin tones are at the biggest risk of looking washed out and flaunting the dreaded “concealer lips” if you choose a nude lipstick shade that is too light for your skin tone.
If you have cool undertones, look for soft, dusty nude pink lipsticks that have a cool undertone. These nude lipstick shades will enhance the natural colour of your lips and blend in seamlessly to give you the “my lips but better” look. Avoid nude lipsticks with brown undertones as they tend to darken pink lips. If you have warm undertones, nude lipstick shades with orange or beige undertones will add a flawless flush of colour to your lips. Light nude peach lipsticks are also a safe bet for when you want to go for an au naturel makeup look.
Our picks –
Maybelline Sensational Liquid Matte Lipstick – Truly MLBB
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick – Touch of Spice
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick – Peach Personality
Those of you with medium and olive skin tones can get away with a lot of different nude lipstick shades. From lighter nude peach lipsticks to darker nude brown lipsticks, your complexion can handle it all. The best nude lipstick for people with medium and olive skin tones is one with warm undertones like caramel, beige, and orange that complements their natural yellow undertones. Go a shade darker than the shade of your skin to really play up the warmth of your complexion and tie your golden undertone together with the warmth of the lipstick.
If you have medium or olive skin tones with slightly cooler undertones, look for a subtle blush pink nude lipstick shade that is just a touch darker than your lips. This will ensure that the cool undertones and the pink shade do not wash out your bronzed, warm skin tone. You also add some lip gloss on the center of your lips to add some depth and dimension to your nude lips and make the lip colour stand out.
Our picks –
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick – Amazonian
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick – Self Starter
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick – Chilli Nude
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon Lipstick – Enjoy The View
Maybelline Sensational Liquid Matte Lipstick – Barely Nude
When looking for a nude lipstick shade for dusky, deep, and dark skin tones, find one that delivers a striking but subtle contrast to your complexion! Sounds contradicting right? Hear us out. You want your nude lipstick shade to make your lips stand out, but in a good way. A too light nude lipstick will make you look chalky and ghostly and a shade too close to your skin tone or darker will get lost within the rest of your features.
The best nude lipstick shade for those with deep and dark skin tones should have rich undertones of chocolate brown or red. Avoid wearing pink nude lipsticks with cool undertones as they can make your lips look frosty, and that is not a good look on anybody! Accent your complexion’s natural warmth with intensely pigmented formulas that have warm undertones. With darker complexions, you can also use a sheer or glossy nude lip that lets the natural colour of your lips peak through.
Our picks -
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon Lipstick – Live On The Edge
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick – Mysterious Mocha
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick – Fighter
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick Coffee Edition – Cocoa Connoisseur –COMING SOON!
Even with a handy little guide like this, it can still feel overwhelming to find the best nude lipstick shade for your skin tone. Here are some extra tips for you to make even the wrong nude lipstick shade work!
• If you bought a nude lipstick shade that is too light for your skin tone, outline your lips with a slightly darker lip liner, fill your lips around halfway in (or go all the way if your lipstick is REALLY light) and softly blend it with your lipstick to create a subtle ombre effect. The darker lip liner colour will help create a contrast between the light nude lipstick and your skin.
• If your nude lipstick shade is too dark, all you need to do is add the tiniest amount of foundation or concealer on the centre of your top and bottom lips and blend them towards the outer corner to create a soft blurred effect. Use just a dot of the foundation or concealer or you will be left with tacky lips that will feel sticky and uncomfortable all day.
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