The nude lipstick game is an effortless way to look clean and fresh - and OK, like you made an effort. However, it can be touch and go, when choosing a shade to pair with your skin tone.
Remember, the ideal nude will make your face look youthful and fresh. The goal is to be selective and not swipe something on that is too light, opaque, beige, or brown.
Nude lipsticks have to be chosen carefully, so they don't wash out your complexion, or look too light against your skin tone. An easy way to keep a nude lip looking bright and healthy - is to look for a soft matte finish - that will let your lip's natural texture shine through.
We selected nudes on MIRA that pair well with fair to rich skin tones. Read ahead to learn more.
Like all Dior products, this one is no different - a magical mix of couture-meets-cosmetics. Peachy hues instantly add warmth to skin on the paler side - and this full-coverage lacquer lipstick delivers high shine and intense color with just one swipe. A "fondant," or "melting" core creates an attractive effect as you glide it over your lips - and because fair skin tones can sometimes come off ghostly - this brighter nude option promises to light up your face.
If you’re going for a no-makeup-makeup look, this nude lipstick from L'Oreal is the way to go. It will tone done the natural rosiness in your lips for that truly, sexy nude look. This lippie is formulated with a light diffusing gel that brings a soft-focus effect on the lips, making them appear smooth and matte without a dry look.
This bullet lipstick from Givenchy is cool-toned with hints of muted pink and works well on paler skin tones. The nude formula adds subtle, light-reflective color to your pout. Plus, it's infused with nourishing castor seed oil and beeswax that produces a soft, supple feel.
Rule of thumb for light skin tones and nude lipsticks - stay away from shades that are lighter than your skin. This rosey-pinkish hue from Maybelline adds a hint of color that won't wash you out. This liquid lipstick is highly-pigmented and gives you a flawless matte finish.
This cult-favorite matte formula from Charlotte Tilbury makes your medium skin look glowy and healthy. Complement your natural warm-brown undertones with this blush-pink nude lippie. Highlighted ingridients include lipstick tree and orchid extract for visibly soft and hydrated lips. Like the brand boasts: "Pillow Talk duo is your ultimate secret weapon to re-shape and re-size the look of lips for a "your lips but better" finish."
Medium to tan skin tones will own this beige-y, mauve nude lip crayon. It delivers full-coverage and a seductive satin finish. The formula brings on fullness, dimension and balance - all while maintaining an effortless nude erased look. The plush texture and hydrating feel win extra points in our book.
Opt for a warm peach or muted coral shade if you have an olive skin tone, because it will complement your natural yellow undertones. Color Splash Lipstick from Tarte packs intense pigment and the added bonus of buttery-smooth conditioners. It’s formulated with antioxidant-rich marine plant extracts to help make lips look firmer, fuller, and smoother - all while achieving a flawless, sexy nude look.
This warm, nude liquid stain is an equal blend of soft beige and coral pink, that looks lovely on olive skin tones. We mean, the formula is not called a best-seller for nothing. Like makeup magic, the creamy texture transforms into a silky, lightweight stain. Bonus: It's infused with luscious avocado oil, which gives your pout a supple look + feel.
Mented founders KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson once pondered why it was so hard to find the perfect nude lipstick (over a glass of wine - we feel ya!). In fact, they created their brand, because they believe every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty, no matter her skin tone - and we couldn't agree more. Brown-based plum looks especially pretty against darker skin tones, because it adds a striking contrast to the face. This shade is a luxurious, velvet nude matte that blends browns and pinks to enhance your multi-hued lips.
First of all, the Fenty formula is dreamy. The light-as-air texture glides on creamy and stays put, minus bleeding or feathering after application. The velvety, soft matte was inspired by a rose petal finish. Rose. Petal. Finish (just wow, we really love, Rihanna, OK?). Back to skin tones and nude lips: Moody Brown has redish undertones that add warmth and depth to your pout. Take it from Fendy founder Rihanna, herself: "Lipstick is all about having fun and expressing your mood at any given moment. This collection makes it easier than ever because there's a color for everyone."
We're obsessed wit Dior’s Addict Lacquer Stick in Black Coffee. The blackberry shade has a slightly shiny finish, which looks stunning against deeper skin tones. Remember, a nude lip doesn't necessarily have to be understated - don't be afraid - at all - to be bold. Go on, choose a seductive color in the nude family that's darker than your natural skin tone.
When choosing a neutral for dark/deep tones, look for something with a subtle metallic sheen or in the bronzy-brown fam, because that always flatters, thanks to a hint of light-reflecting color. In fact, a shimmery finish won't appear flat, or vanish on your mouth. Bonus points for this funky tube design - we love it.
Shop Nude Lipsticks For All Skin Tones on MIRA.