What makes the perfect nude lipstick? The right shade complements your skin tone and complexion, can balance out a dramatic eye makeup and offers a natural, fresh look to the lips. With so many shades to choose from—taupe, mauve, toffee, rose and more—what works best for you? Read on to learn more about how to match the right color for your skin tone, as well as some of our favorite formulas and finishes.
Picking a nude lipstick that best suits your skin tone can be tricky. If you choose a shade that’s too light, you can look washed out; if you choose one that’s the wrong undertone, it can leave your lips looking ghostly or chalky, or even like you put concealer on. For pale or fair skin tones, go for a creamy formula with a satin finish. A bit of shimmer also gives the lips a more youthful look. Try a sheer pinky, rosy shade for a natural touch, or go with a light taupe, beige tone for a more muted look. For medium tones, try something that works to warm up your complexion like a peachy nude for olive skin and salmon-pink colors for golden or beige skin. For darker skin tones, go with an opaque formula in the caramel or toffee color family or try a rose-toned brown.
From muted matte to glossy sheen, nude lipsticks come in a wide range of finishes. Discover sheer balms, tints and glosses for a subtle hint of color, giving the lips a natural flush. To make a bold statement, go with a lipstick with opaque pigments to really define the lips. Don’t forget a lip pencil to prime the lips, as well as a long-lasting lip topper, to help extend the wear time of your nude lipstick.
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