If we put a bunch of nude lipsticks in your lap, would you be able to break down how they differ? Often, with lip colors, the differences are pretty minimal—until you apply them, that is. In the tube they may look the same, but on your visage, the slightest variation can make a major difference in your overall makeup look. Kind of cool, right? Well, cool and a little bit annoying. If you aren’t a makeup pro who can discern every way two nude lip colors vary from one another, determining which you should be wearing can be a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, you can simplify things by following our handy guide. We’re revealing the right nude lipstick—shade and finish—for nine occasions you might find yourself getting ready for in the near future. That’s right, no determining your skin tone or assessing your hair color—all you need to know if where you’re going. Read up on whichever situations have a place in your planner, arm your makeup bag accordingly, and you’re all set!
The Best Nude Lipstick for…a Normal Workday
As much as we love bold reds and pretty purples, not every occasion is well-suited to a bold lip color. Thankfully, that’s what nudes are for! While it might not be appropriate to wear a statement shade to your day job, a nude lip will prevent your makeup look from feeling incomplete. As for the perfect one, we suggest a classic nude lipstick with a satin finish, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Lipcolour in Fairest Nude.
The Best Nude Lipstick for…an Interview
Makeup is an amazing way to show off your personality, but at an interview, not so much. If your interviewer is too distracted by your lipstick, that may not bode well you. To look pulled-together without going overboard, apply a quick swipe of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Dazzling Doe. The lipstick’s nude hue is perfectly subtle for the occasion, while its high-shine finish will still show off that you’re in the know about trends.
The Best Nude Lipstick for…a Hot Date
Look at you, going on a hot date! Once you have the right outfit nailed down and your date has picked the location, all that’s left is deciding how to do your makeup. We’re putting our vote in for a natural makeup look that includes a nude lip. You’ll look stunning without seeming like you spent hours at your vanity getting ready. As for the type of nude you should sport, there’s never been a better occasion to wear a liquid lipstick. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick in Bittersweet will withstand dinner, drinks, and even a goodnight kiss.
The Best Nude Lipstick for…Girls’ Night Out
After a long week, nothing beats a night out with your girls (except maybe a night in!). Not only can you catch up on all of the week’s events, but it’s also your chance to take new trends for a whirl. While your co-workers may not appreciate those new platform shoes, your friends surely will—and the same principle applies to makeup. The ultra-hip hues that don't go over well in the workplace will get rave reviews from your friends. For your next GNO, give a trendy brown nude a try. Just don’t forget to pick one with a matte formula, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-itude, to ensure your lip look will survive a couple of cocktails.
The Best Nude Lipstick for…a Dinner Party
Don’t you feel so grown-up, attending a dinner party instead of bar hopping on a Saturday night? And good news, you don’t even need to make any big changes to your go-to weekend makeup look. As it turns out, the perfect lip colors for a night on the town and an evening at a friend’s dinner table are quite similar. Either way, a matte lip that can make it through three courses and/or a barrage of beverages is the way to go. A light peachy nude, in a matte finish, is a prime pick. We’re fans of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Cademia!
The Best Nude Lipstick for…Your Wedding Day
We hear wedding bells! You have the dress, you have a venue—you’ve essentially dotted all your I’s and crossed all your T’s. Of course, you haven’t crossed everything off your list just yet—you still need to finalize your lip color. Since you’ll want to look back on your wedding photos many years from now and still love your look from head to toe, opting for a low-key nude lip is a good idea. It’s a foolproof choice that can withstand the test of time. Beyond your shade, choosing the right finish is just as important. A big day, like your wedding, calls for a long-lasting liquid lipstick. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick in Sweet Tooth and you won’t have to worry about reapplying throughout the festivities.
The Best Nude Lipstick for…Someone Else’s Wedding Day
If you’re attending a wedding that isn’t your own, finding time to touch-up your lipstick won’t be quite as much of an issue. You can keep your clutch by your side and reapply when necessary—no problem. That means if you want to rock a nude lipstick with a shiny finish, you should go for it. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glossy Fawn before heading to the venue; just be sure to toss the tube in your purse!
The Best Nude Lipstick for…a Tropical Vacation
Getting ready to hit the beach? Well, you may not need to wear lipstick while you’re lounging in your chaise but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to pretty up your pout sometime on vacation—hence why you’ll need to make sure lipstick makes it onto your packing list. If you’re vacationing somewhere warm and spending time in the sun, you may need to switch up the shade you’re used to using. Instead of your everyday lip color, branch out a bit and sport a darker color that’s sure to flatter your newfound sun-kissed skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude Lipstick in Cutting Edge Cork, pressing the bullet into your lips—rather than swiping it on—for a softer effect.
P.S. There’s no need to worry that beach days paired with matte lipstick will lead to drier than dry lips—this ultra-matte formula provides instant hydration for all-day wear!
The Best Nude Lipstick for…the Holidays
We often associate holiday makeup with bright red lips, but that isn’t your only option. If you’re in need of something more subdued, while still showing off a bit of your holiday spirit, we know just the thing: a nude lipstick with a little shimmer. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Lipcolour in Caramel Latte has a satin finish with subtle shimmer—so pretty! If you want a way to dress up your lips even further, apply a glittery lip gloss on top for an instant lipstick transformation.