Nude lipstick is one of the most versatile lip colors in the world. In fact, this beauty staple has made its mark and has rightfully secured a place in just about every girl’s makeup bag. The only problem: Sometimes, it can be difficult to find the best nude lipstick shade for your skin tone. While nude lips in the perfect hue can tie together just about any makeup look, choose the wrong shade, and it can make you look like you’ve come back from the dead. And if you don’t have a long-wearing formula on hand, you run the risk of your lip makeup fading. We know how frustrating this whole process can be, which is why we’re breaking down how to find the best nude lipstick for fair, medium, olive, and dark skin tones. Read on to find your perfect nude!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A NUDE LIPSTICK FOR FAIR SKIN TONES
Those of you with fair skin tones should pay close attention when choosing a nude lipstick because you run the risk of looking extra pale (like vampire pale) when wearing one. To avoid that, reach for a lipstick shade that has light pink undertones. Going for a touch of color and wearing a pink nude lipstick can help liven up your complexion without taking you into doll territory.
There are also a couple of lip colors you should steer clear of if you have fair skin. Staying away from nude lipsticks that have yellow undertones is a must, as these can wash you out and make your skin look lackluster and dull. You should also avoid nude lipstick shades that have an orange tinge because they can make pale complexions look sallow.
OUR BEST NUDE LIPSTICKS FOR FAIR SKIN
One of the best ways to narrow down the best nude lipstick for you is to take your favorite finish into consideration. Whether you’re obsessed with matte lipsticks or prefer a more subtle finish, have your pick from the three nude lip options below!
If you prefer a matte finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude Lipstick in Lilac Impulse.
If you prefer a natural finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Lipcolour in Fairest Nude.
If you prefer a glossy finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Lipcolour in Peach Fuzz.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A NUDE LIPSTICK FOR MEDIUM SKIN TONES
When choosing a nude lipstick for medium skin tones, look for a shimmery shade with peach or pink undertones. Make sure whatever nude lipstick shade you choose is slightly lighter or darker than your natural complexion to hit that sweet spot. Do not, we repeat, do not choose a nude lipstick color that’s too similar to your skin tone, as you don’t want your nude lips to completely blend in with your skin. Another useful tip? Consider using a long-wearing formula to help your look go the distance, sans multiple touch-ups throughout the day.
OUR BEST NUDE LIPSTICKS FOR MEDIUM SKIN
Keep things simple and try one of the following nude lipsticks. Each is perfect for medium skin tones, so it all comes down to personal preference—aka you can’t go wrong!
If you prefer a matte finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature, Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Empower.
If you prefer a natural finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Lipcolour in Nature's Blush.
If you prefer a glossy finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Shining Peach.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A NUDE LIPSTICK FOR OLIVE SKIN TONES
What’s the best natural-looking lipstick for olive skin tones? When it comes to nude lipstick, you have more options than you might think. Peachy nude lipsticks can help balance the green undertones in olive skin tones and add warmth to your look, while a light golden beige nude lipstick can help to enhance your olive complexion. Both peachy and golden beige nudes are beautiful choices for olive skin, but it's also true that some of the best colors for an olive skin tone are caramel and taupe shades. The only rule is to stay away from nude lipsticks that are lighter than your complexion. Failing to do so can make you look like you’re wearing concealer on your lips instead of an actual lipstick hue.
OUR BEST NUDE LIPSTICKS FOR OLIVE SKIN
Not sure how to find a golden beige nude? You can cut your search short and have your pick from the following three nude lipsticks for olive skin.
If you prefer a matte finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick in Sweet Tooth.
If you prefer a natural finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Lipcolour in Caramel Latte.
If you prefer a glossy finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Shine Lipstick in Glossy Fawn.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A NUDE LIPSTICK FOR DARK SKIN TONES
When shopping for a nude lipstick for dark skin tones, the best option is a chocolate nude. If you have a deeper skin tone with red or blue undertones, go for darker nude lips. You can also choose a sheer, shiny nude that will let your natural lip color show. Steer away from lipsticks with gray tones, and you’ll be in the clear.
OUR BEST NUDE LIPSTICKS FOR DARK SKIN
There’s a perfect nude out there for everyone, including those with dark skin. Play up your pout with one of our favorite nude lipsticks for dark skin, and you’ll see just what we mean.
If you prefer a matte finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick in 70% Yum.
If you prefer a natural finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Lipcolour in Ginger Spice.
If you prefer a glossy finish…try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Dazzling Doe.
HOW TO APPLY NUDE LIPSTICK
Once you’ve chosen the best nude lipstick for your skin tone, it’s time to apply! Start by lining your lips with a similar shade of lip liner. When your lips are lined, don’t reach for your lipstick just yet! Color in your lips completely with your lip liner first. This will help create a base for your nude lipstick and give your lip color a long-wearing boost—and who doesn’t want that?
Prefer wearing a pop of color on your lips? Head over to our article, Our Best Red Lipstick for Every Skin Tone, next.