The Best Nude Lipsticks for Every Skin Tone

By Ellie Child - 8 months ago | Updated
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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!


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.

Living Nature Lipstick 4g

Living Nature Lipstick 4g

With a formula as creamy as this, you’ll want to top up 24/7. Plus, it’s 100% natural, giving you the skin-loving results you deserve. We suggest going for shade ‘Laughter’.

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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 List

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips List

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.

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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.

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Patent Lip Lacquer

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Patent Lip Lacquer

Swipe on shade 'Bae' of this nude liquid lipstick for a long-lasting look that emphasises your pout in all the right ways.

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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.

MAKE UP FOR EVER ARTIST ROUGE MAT HIGH PIGMENTED LIPSTICK

MAKE UP FOR EVER ARTIST ROUGE MAT HIGH PIGMENTED LIPSTICK

With an eight hour staying power, this caramel-beige lipstick covers you throughout your working day for high-impact results.

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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.

MAKE UP FOR EVER ARTIST LIP BLUSH

MAKE UP FOR EVER ARTIST LIP BLUSH

This super natural-looking lip blush is the perfect tool to achieve a subtle, everyday nude look. Its easy-to-use nature and delicate colour means that you can top up on-the-go with complete precision.

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Skin Tone #6: Mocha

Gold hues are your best friend when it comes to mocha skin tones. Add a rich, glowy warmth to your look with a showstopping gold-metallic finish that takes your look from desk to disco.

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick

With omega 3 and vitamin E gracing this formula, the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick CP36 is the ideal beauty tool to get a stylish and hydrated pout. It boasts a metallic gold finish with warm hues to nail that dramatic nude lip.

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Skin Tone #7: Dark

It’s time to introduce yourself to the wonderful world of glosses (if you haven’t already). Maximise your smile with a natural-looking nude that beautifully highlights the lips. Ideally, pick out a gloss that is one shade lighter than your skin tone to add a pop of noticeable definition and shine.

delilah Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss 6.5ml

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 golden-nude hue highlights your best parts for naturally flawless results.

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