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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 its place in just about every girl’s makeup bag. The only problem: Sometimes, it can be confusing when it comes to determining which nude lipstick shade is the perfect match for your skin tone. Choosing the wrong shade of nude lipstick can make you look like you’ve been transported from the ‘90s (and we’re not talking about the good beauty trends from that decade!). We know how frustrating this whole process can be, which is why we’re breaking down how to find the best nude lipstick for your skin tone.
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 matte shade that has light pink undertones, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude Lipstick in Lilac Impulse. Going for a touch of color can help liven up your complexion without taking you into doll territory. Stick to pale, rosy nudes that have a matte finish. If you'd rather rock a lipstick with a slightly less matte finish, try the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Cademia.
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.
When choosing a nude lipstick for medium skin tones, look for a shimmery shade with peach or pink undertones, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Peach Fuzz. If you prefer a peachy option with some shine, try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in in Glossy Fawn. 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 lipstick to completely blend in with your skin.
Olive skin tones have more options than you might think when it comes to nude lipstick. Peachy nude lipsticks can help balance the green undertones in olive skintones 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 some of the best colors for an olive skin tone are caramel or taupe shades. To see for yourself, swipe the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Caramel Latte onto your pout. 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.
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 a darker, matte nude, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in He Thinks He's Matte-Cho. You can also choose a sheer, shiny nude that will let your natural lip color show, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Dazzling Doe. Remove any lipsticks with gray tones from the running and you’ll be in the clear.
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. Once 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 allow your lip color to last even longer.
Want to add a pop of color to your lips? Head over to our article, Our Best Red Lipstick for Every Skin Tone, next.