The Best Nude Lipsticks

By Ellie Child - 4 years ago | Updated
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We 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 of our skin colour. Oh, how naïve. Turns out, finding a nude lipstick that doesn’t look too chalky or too pale is a universal makeup 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.

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.

Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick - Cream - Thelmadora

Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lipstick

£23.89 £31.20 (24% off)

This gorgeous lippie is a perfect match. Swipe 'Thelmadora' over lips for a semi-matte finish and creamy, lip-smacking nude colour.

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.

bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick - Insight

bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick

£16.00 £17.60 (10% off)

Enriched with olive oil, sea buckthorn oil and pomegranate extract, this vegan, creamy formula adds a gorgeous shine to your pout. This bareMinerals 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.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick - Caramello

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick


The pop of colour from Stila 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.

Morphe X Ashley Strong Lip Duo - Tourmaline Soul

Morphe X Ashley Strong Lip Duo


This lip duo is all you need to nail the nude look. Use the precision lip liner to define your lip shape before filling in with high-shine gloss 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.

SOSU by SJ Let Them Talk Satin Lipstick - My Type

SOSU by SJ Let Them Talk Satin Lipstick

£8.41 £8.81 (5% off)

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. And it's even infused with a delicious vanilla scent.

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 show-stopping finish that takes your look from desk to dancefloor.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick - Soft Touch

Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick

£11.39 £20.00 (44% off)

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick is a fan-favourite lipstick for a reason. Delivering a stylish and hydrated pout, it boasts a gorgeous creamy texture with warm hues to nail that dramatic nude lip.

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!

Dr Hauschka Lipstick - 24 Marram

Dr Hauschka Lipstick

£13.29 £20.50 (36% off)

For a bolder, matte nude opt for a dark brown lipstick such as the Dr Hauschka Lipstick in shade 'Marram'. This stunning formula enhances the natural colour of your lips while providing a kissable pout.

Not feeling the nude lip look? Why not cast your eyes over some of The Best Dark Lipsticks for a Vampy Look intstead?

Ellie Child

Written by Ellie Child

With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.

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