Nude is a lip colour that every woman should have in her makeup kit. Versatile and classic, a nude lip can take you from day to night with ease. It can create a fresh-faced glow whilst making you appear subtly polished yet not overdone. Whether you pair your nude lipstick or gloss with one coat of mascara or a full, smoky eye, it will make your eyes appear lighter and brighter. The only trick is finding the perfect nude hue to match with your skin tone.
How to Find the Right Shade for Your Skin Tone
Whether you’re using your nude lipstick as a base, main colour or finishing gloss, finding the perfect hue to match your complexion is crucial. The perfect nude lip should flatter your skin tone whilst brightening your complexion. Whether you have dark skin or light skin, or are somewhere in between, your nude lip should be one shade lighter or darker than your complexion, rather than an exact match. This will compliment your complexion and avoid any possibility of looking ill. You might need to experiment before you get the perfect nude for you but here are a few tips to help.
Brown Skin Tone
Darker complexions look glowing and perfect with warmer nude tones. Shades such as metallic brown, warm caramel, rose gold and rich berry, lift and brighten looks whilst still appearing natural. Gloss can add the perfect radiant pop for darker lip tones whilst flecks of gold will compliment your complexion flawlessly. Those with caramel skin tones should opt for peach hues whilst olive skin looks great with shiny, beige nudes with hints of pink. Also avoid nudes with yellow base tones if you have a Mediterranean complexion as it will clash with your skin.
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Half ‘n Half
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Half ‘n Half Rose Double Shot shade is perfect for darker skin tones and offers just enough contrast to appear natural and polished at the same time.
Maybelline Colour Sensationals Creamy Mattes Lipstick in Darlingly Nude
Maybelline Colour Sensationals Creamy Mattes Lipstick in Darlingly Nude lipstick easily glides across lips whilst offering a bold, matte finish in a great nude shade.
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Nude Ballet
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Nude Ballet looks warm and rich against olive skin tones and offers a formula which is richer than lipstick and shinier than a gloss.
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle is a translucent and sparkly gloss which creates light-catching lips and is perfect for olive to dark skin tones.
Tom Ford Lip Colour in Sweet Mystery
Tom Ford Lip Colour in Sweet Mystery combines exotic ingredients to create the perfect shade of latte and an ultra-creamy texture.
Light Skin Tone
Light skin tones look great with cooler nude hues. Avoid lip colours with yellow and gold and instead opt for rosy hues and soft toffee tones. Beige mixed with a soft pink also suits most fair to medium complexions seamlessly. Choose a matte beige that almost matches your skin tone and it will provide the perfect light base. The pink will then pick up on the matching pigments in your skin and give your look life. You can even compliment the look with a matching pink blush. For those who have light skin with undertones of olive or yellow, opt for coral colours and camel-beige hues to play off the warmth of your complexion.
How to Apply Nude Lip Gloss and Lipstick
Nude lip gloss and lipstick is far more fail proof to apply than bold colours as it is easier to fix mistakes and harder to see imperfections. The hues are also subtle enough that lipstick can be applied straight from the bullet or with a brush, making it the perfect fuss-free lip. Apply your nude lip starting from the centre of each lip and moving out toward each side. Use light, feathered strokes to create a really natural look. Focus gloss on the centre of your lower lip and dab a little on your cupids bow. This will help the gloss naturally catch the light and make your lips look fuller and juicier. If you want your nude lip to carry you from day to night, be sure to use a lip liner in a matching shade as your base. Similarly, your nude lipstick can double as a foundation for bold lipsticks and your nude lip gloss as a top coat.
NYX Round Lipstick in Pure Nude
NYX Round Lipstick in Pure Nude is the quintessential nude lip colour for fair skin, offering a light pink shade in a mineral-based formula.
Covergirl Colourlicious Lipstick in Crème
Covergirl Colourlicious Lipstick in Crème lipstick is the perfect combination of beige and pink for fair skin tones.
Dior Rouge Diorific Lipstick in Grege
The peachy-rose tone of Dior Rouge Diorific Lipstick in Grege is perfect for all skin tones and the smooth texture gives a velvety plump finish.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Blushing Nude
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Blushing Nude lipstick looks subtle and gorgeous when applied with a lip brush and paired with a rose blush on cheeks.
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude provides lips with three super moisturisers to feel more hydrated and smooth whilst maximising colour.
Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Tender Heart
Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Tender Heart offers a tender nude with pink hue and eight hours of lasting shine.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in No.6 Camel Croisiere
A light swipe of YSL Rouge Pur Glossy Stain in No.6 Camel Croisiere is all you need for a long-lasting high shine gloss in a warm, nude hue.