best nude lipstick

The best nude lipstick shades to suit your skin tone

Complement your spring wardrobe with the perfectly nude pout this season.

Who says the best nude lipstick is boring? A killer, barely there lip with a subtle hint of pink or brown gives the classic red lipstick a run for its money.

One of the tricks to pulling off the perfect nude is to base your choice on your skins undertones. If you’re unsure, here’s a trick – check the veins on your wrist. If they appear more green then you suit warmer tones and if they appear blue, reach for cooler tones.

Read on for the best lipstick shades for your skin tone below.

Best nude lipstick for fair skin

best nude lipstick for fair skin

The trick to pulling off a nude lip with pale skin, is to look for a nude with pink undertones in it. Whatever you do, don’t go for too light a shade or you may end up looking slightly zombified (yes, we made that word up). A sheer formula also works great on fairer skin as it enhances the natural colour of your lips.

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Pink Dusk, £40, Selfridges

This ultra creamy opaque texture feels super velvety. The matte finish will ensure it stays in place throughout the day, with few touch ups needed. Apply it with a brush then tap with your finger to get a less ‘heavy’ feel.

Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink, £25, Fabled

This lip colour gives the ultimate ‘barely there’ look with just one swipe across the lips. You can build on gorgeous colour by adding a few more layers and the rosy sheer, natural finish is perfect for porcelain or fair skin.

YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Nude Beige, £28, Fabled

This is definitely one that works better with lighter skin tones. It’s a light, rosy pink shade, with a super creamy texture that glides on perfectly. It’s totally wearable so it will see you through from day to night.

Best nude lipstick for medium to olive skin

Best nude lipsticks for medium skin tones

If you have more of an olive skin tone, then you’re lucky enough to be able to pull off many shades of nude. Go for a colour that’s slightly lighter or slightly darker than your skin, and choose a shade with beige, caramel or peach tones in it, as opposed to pinky ones.

Chanel Rouge Coco in Adrienne, £31, Boots

The beauty desk are swooning over one of the latest additions to the Rouge Coco family. This is a completely wearable nude with an ever so slight hint of apricot. The ultra hydrating formula keeps lips silky smooth throughout the day, while providing a wash of colour or a buildable, more intense colour.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel, £26, Fabled

The subtle hints of peach in this lip colour look great against a medium or slightly tanned skin. The incredible staying power and rich pigmentation is what really won us over. One swipe and you’re ready to go.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate, £24, Selfridges

This handbag essential is one of our all time favourites – the classic nude with a slightly peach undertone and rich, sultry biscuit-beige hues is an absolute godsend for the perfect pout. Charlotte Tilbury never fails us.

Best nude lipstick for dark skin

Best nude lipsticks for dark skin

If you have dark skin then you should go for richer, chocolate browns to really enhance your skin tone. Sheer shades will give your lips a natural finish, ensuring they never look cakey.

M·A·C lipstick in Touch, £17.50, John Lewis

This is a perfect match for darker skin with its browny nude undertones. It doesn’t appear washed out on dark skin tones and its lustre finish gives a nice healthy sheen to lips.

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 200, £30, Selfridges

A firm favourite when it comes to dark skin tones, thanks to the gorgeous chocolatey, brown colour. It’s a CC lipstick combining incredible colour with the same qualities of a moisturising lip balm. It’s sure to leave an irresistible healthy looking natural glow to lips.

Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Chocolate, £24, Debenhams

This is a much deeper sheer chocolate colour that will work well for darker skin. Its creamy, semi-matte texture leaves lips feeling super moisturised, while managing to stay put at the same time. We’re sold.

Our final tip? Make sure your lips are thoroughly moisturised before applying any sort of nude lipstick.

Nude really doesn’t bode well with dry or chapped skin as it can really get in to all the cracks and fine lines, highlighting dryness ever further. Believe us when we say that’s never a good look.

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