I always thought finding the perfect nude lipstick was just a matter of picking out a warmish, pink-hued lipstick that didn’t look too far off my skin colour. Oh, how naïve I was. Turns out, finding a nude lipstick that doesn’t look too chalky or too pale is a universal problem for all skin tones.
With this in mind, us girls at Cosmetify decided to discover the ultimate nude shade for each key skin tone. We’ve even linked through to our personal tried-and-tested favourites to make the process a little easier for you. Happy browsing, and don't forget to check our lipstick guide if there's anything else you want to know!
Skin Tone #1: Pale
The key for paler skin types is to ensure you don’t go too light, in fear of looking a little corpse-y. Try opting for a nude similar to your lip colour but with a hint of dusky pink to make lips a little more noticeable.
Chantecaille Lip Chic
This gorgeous lippie is infused with hyaluronic acid, which plumps your luscious lips and gives you the skin-loving results you deserve. We suggest going for shade ‘Patience’.
Chantecaille Matte Chic Liquid Lipstick
Or opt for this long-wearing matte liquid lipstick. It adds a hint of subtle pink, while offering a full coverage colour that feels hyrdating on your lips.
Skin Tone #2: Warm Fair
Unlike paler skin types, ‘beige’ nudes are on the cards for you. Still try and opt for a beige that has warm pink undertones so you don’t look too washed out.
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips
Boasting a super pigmented and long-wearing formula, the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips List Super Cindy is a must-have for fair-skinned beauties. We loved the product's creamy nude colour and found it matched warmer fair tones perfectly.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
Enriched with vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and avocado oil this creamy formula adds a gorgeous shine to your pout. This Revlon lippie is great for a medium to full coverage finish.
Skin Tone #3: Cool Fair
Cooler skin tones are going to want to hunt down a rose-tinted beige to add a subtle pop of colour. The trick here is to amplify your natural lip colour with an added glowy warmth.
Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Plump In Colour Lipstick
The pop of colour from Yves Saint Laurent is the perfect nude lipstick to take you from day to night. Not to mention, this ultra-moisturising formula makes your lips oh-so kissable.
Skin Tone #4: Olive/Caramel
If like Nina Dobrev you're blessed with a gorgeously olive toned complexion then you're going to want to look at nude lipsticks that are ever so slightly darker than your skin tone. Look out for warm caramel hues that emphasise your lips rather than hide them away.
Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick
With an eight hour staying power, this matte lipstick covers you throughout your working day for high-impact results.
Skin Tone #5: Medium
Medium skin tones should opt for pinker, creamy nudes to add a subtle hint of colour that doesn’t cause too much of a distraction. Ideally, it should look slightly lighter than your natural skin tone for a flawlessly nude effect.
Too Faced Natural Nude Lipstick
Enriched with coconut butter, this super natural-looking lipstick is the perfect tool to achieve an everyday nude look. Its easy-to-use nature and creamy consistency means that it feels comfortable all day long.
Skin Tone #6: Mocha
Darker hues are your best friend when it comes to mocha skin tones. Add a rich, glowy warmth to your look with a showstopping finish that takes your look from desk to dancefloor.
Burt's Bees Lipstick
This gorgeous nude shade is jam-packed with natural ingredients to hydrate your pout. Think satin-smooth finish with a wash of wonderful darker colour.
Skin Tone #7: Dark
Maximise your smile with a nude that beautifully contours and highlights the lips. This doesn’t always mean a subtle hint of colour, instead it can be a deep brown slightly darker that your natural skin tone. For a something a little more glam, add a luscious golden tone lip gloss over the top. This gives you noticeable definition and shine!
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
For a bolder, matte nude opt for a dark brown lipstick such as the magestic Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in shade 'Birkin Brown'. This stunning formula enhances the natural colour of your lips while providing a kissable pout.
delilah Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss 6.5ml
The delilah Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss is the ideal beauty tool to add to your arsenal when wanting a long-wearing shine. Its sheer gold-nude hue highlights your best parts for naturally flawless results.
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