Perfect Nude Lipstick: How to find the best shade for your skin tone
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How to find the perfect nude lipstick + our top picks

Finding the perfect nude lipstick can be a real challenge. A nude shade might look great on one skin tone and natural lip colour whilst looking too pink, too dark or too beige on another. So, what should we look for when we’re on the mission to find our perfect nude lippy? We reached out to the experts and this is what they had to say.

 

“When it comes to finding the perfect shade, there are a number of factors to take into consideration, says M·A·C National Education Manager Ocea McKenzie. If the nude lipstick will be the focus of your makeup look, “consider a nude that is generally two shades deeper than your skin tone and ensure that you have found a shade that won’t wash you out,” she explains. Texture is important, too. The texture of your lipstick will determine the opacity of your lip colour and affect the overall look and feel, explains McKenzie. “Matte textures will provide a bold, opaque full coverage, while sheer finishes are ideal for someone who is new to lipstick or wants a softer finish.”

 

We also reached out to Kheahni Jackson, Bobbi Brown’s Retail Education Manager who explains “When finding your perfect nude, try to find a shade that compliments the colour already represented in the lip. Holding two options up against your lip can help you see which might work best. Once you have found what you think is the right shade, apply it to the bottom lip and see if it compliments your bare top lip. If yes, you’ve found your perfect nude! If you like a nude to be brighter or deeper then stick with this tone but make it two shades darker or two shades lighter.”

 

To assist you with your lippy hunt we’ve rounded up our perfect nude lipstick, including all-time favourites to new discoveries with both matte and sheer finishes.

Trinny London Lip Luxe Sooze

This neutral cream-based lip colour in faded pinky-brown is our favourite nude shade right now. It’s buildable which makes it a great choice for any skin colour. It’s light and comfortable to wear, easy to apply and long-lasting. There are two additional nude shades in the neutral collection; Tashi (warm-toned peach) and Eugine (cool-toned pink), we are in love! 

RRP: $40.00

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HUDA BEAUTY Power Bullet Matte Lipstick Board Meeting

The Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick is a deeply pigmented matte lipstick with magnetic square packaging and a diamond-shaped tip. It has a slight coconut scent and it comes in different shade collections: The Icon collection, The Rose Collection, and the Throwback Collection with several nude shades to suit every skin tone. 

RRP: $38.00

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Pillow Talk Original

This cult-classic nude lipstick is a muted, medium pink with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. It has a medium, buildable colour coverage with a velvety, smooth, and thin consistency.

RRP: $49.00

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Tinted Age-Repair Lip Treatment Grown Alchemist

Technically not a nude lipstick, this tinted age-repair lip treatment repairs and protects your lips while washing them with a rosy pink tint that complements all skin tones and conditions and gives a nice nude shine.

RRP: $40.00

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MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick Velvet Teddy

A classic among nude lipsticks, this is one of our all-time favourites. Being a popular lipstick shade for brides, this matte lipstick seems to compliment most skintones. It gives a polished look whilst looking naturally beautiful.

RRP: $30.00
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Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Nude

This is the brand’s bestseller. The iconic creamy, semi-matte lipstick was the first formula to launch (and sold out instantly). It’s comfortable, provides full-coverage colour instantly and gives lips a polished look with the perfect nude shade.

Price: $47.00
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Satin Lipstick Praline

This nude lipstick features a new emollient formula that is soft and smooth for comfortable wearability. The shade Praline provides the perfect nude colour bringing out your natural lip colour making them look even better.

RRP $34.00

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Ere Perez Olive Oil Lipstick Runway

If you are looking for the perfect barely-there colour with a hint of rose, this is the shade to go for. It’s one of the few natural lipsticks that doesn’t dry out lips or flake leaving your lips feeling soft and smooth with a lovely shade.

RRP $36.00

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Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick in Nude Rain

One of six glossy shades, Nude Rain is delightfully neutral with just a hint of mauve to enhance dry lips while providing lasting hydration. The lipstick gives you medium coverage whilst keeping them hydrated.
RRP $19.95
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Maybelline Colour Sensational Made for All Lipstick – Mauve For Me 373

This nude pink universal lipstick was made especially to suit your skin tone and created using specially selected pigments tested on 50 diverse skin tone to collect universal shades that look sensational on all, and we have to agree, it’s a great nude lippy!
RRP $19.95
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Flower Petal Pout Lip Color Naked Blush

A drugstore gem, this nude lippy is available in a soft matte and cream finish that wears comfortably all day long.

RRP: $5.99

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Sisley Le Phyto Rouge Bali Beige

A long-lasting and hydrating lipstick with a balm-like sensation the Bali Beige is a great shade for a darker nude and leaves the lips immediately plumped up, voluptuous and smoothed.
RRP $70.00
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