Whether you’re a dramatic makeup aficionado or the type of girl who likes to keep it natural, having a go-to nude lipstick is absolutely essential. When we say “nude,” we mean the kind of lipstick that’s just like your natural lip color, just a little more punchy, a little more… polished. Needless to say, nude lip colors are not one-size-fits-all, which which is why we’ve compiled this handy guide to the best nude lipstick for not only your skin tone, but your skin’s undertone, too. Fair or dark, warm or cool, we’ve got you covered.
The soft, rosy beige-leaning tone of Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink is so flattering on skin with warmer undertones—it gives the lips the perfect flush of color while blending seamlessly into the complexion. Le Metier de Beauté Hydra Crème Lipstick in Sahara has a slightly more coral hue that’s ideal for no-makeup days, as it really brightens up the complexion without imparting too much color.
Mauve lip colors aren’t just for your mom—Rouge Bunny Rouge Colour Burst Lipstick in Irreverence has a slight warm purple tone that plays well with other makeup, whether you’re going for a dramatic eye or a more understated look, while Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Daringly Nude is the perfect “your lips but better” nude for cooler light skin tones.
Described as a “pink beige,” NARS Audacious Lipstick in Raquel has a subtly peachy undertone that’s gorgeous on medium and olive-toned skin, especially with a tan. Nude lip colors don’t get much more classic than Clé de Peau Beautè Extra Rich Lipstick in 101, a slightly lighter, less pink-leaning nude.
Just as the name implies, Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Decadent is a gorgeous, deep-toned nude, rich and almost chocolate-y with a reddish undertone. Also true to its name, Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Intense Nude is a deep, cool shade in the pink family, with just enough beige to make it believable on the skin.
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