Just like a little black dress is a wardrobe classic, the perfect shade of nude lipstick is a makeup essential. How many do “nude lipsticks” do you own? If you’re like me, you own a ton of them. And no matter how hard I try, I can’t resist the lure of a nude lipstick!

A perfect shade of nude depends on your skin tone, of course; the goal is a “you, only better” shade. In general, try one shade lighter or darker than your skin tone. Going with an exact match tends to wash you out instead of enhance. Fair and light skins look great in pink shades, medium skin tones can wear pink/peachy-pink shades, olive skins should look for honey tones and darker skin tones can wear deep bronze tones.

Luckily, cosmetic companies are responding to our nude lipstick obsession with entire collections…so that finding the right barely-there shade isn’t so trial and error. It’s also more inclusive. I tend to favor the blush-pink-nude lipsticks; see if you have any of these in your collection!


1st Row (bottom)

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Activist; Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick 103 and 101; Lancome Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer in Mirrored Nude; Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme in Hot Cocoa and Truth or Bare; Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Naked, Backtalk (Vice Lipstick in Backtalk also shown) and Trivial; Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out and In Demand.

2nd Row (middle)

Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes in Purely Nude, Peach Buff and Raw Choclate; Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Nude Beach; BECCA Lush Lip Colour Balm in Ginger Vanille and Almond Fraise [review]; Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in 107 Naked Truth, 108 Flash Nude, 109 Languid Love and 110 Nude Reveal.

3rd Row (top)

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in Boy and Intime; MAC Matte Lipstick in Yash, Kinda Sexy and Really Me; bareMinerals GEN NUDE Lipstick in Bubbles, Tutu and Honeybun; MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Driftwood, Medium Rare and Doe [review]; L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Lipcolour in Matte-Sterpiece, Matte-Caron, Matte-Cademia, He Thinks He’s Matte-Cho; FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment in Nude and Petal; NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Get It On and Walk This Way; Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Fawn No. 05; Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Kim KW and Super Cindy.

As you can see, once I started grabbing, I got a little carried away. But even with this many, if I see a pretty nude lipstick, chances are, I’ve hit the “add to cart” button before I even know it. Do you have a favorite nude lipstick? Share it with me in the comments!


Disclosure: Some of the lipsticks pictured are press samples, provided by brands/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and review; others were purchased by me. Affiliate links have been used in the post, which means a small commission is earned when you purchase through the links.
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