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Makeup · May 20, 2015

Nude Lipstick: How to Find the Right One for Your Skin Tone

If Your Skin Tone Is: Light to Fair


The Nude Lipstick Shade: MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Putty

Why it Works: The wrong nude on fair skin can totally wash you out. Look for a peachy neutral shade close to your natural lip color, which will accentuate your skins warm tones and brighten your entire face.

If Your Skin Tone Is: Tan to Olive


The Nude Lipstick Shade: Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Meredith

Why it Works: To accentuate the golden glow of an olive skin tone, look for a pink-coral nude. Instead of a tawny nude, which Lauren says can get muddy with olive tones, a slightly pink shade will pick up on the flush in your cheeks to blend in without looking chalky.

If Your Skin Tone Is: Medium


The Nude Lipstick Shade: ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Dusk Till Dawn from the Neutrals Trio

Why it Works: To match the natural brown undertones in medium skin, choose a dusty-rose nude, preferably in a matte formula, says Lauren. Similar to olive skin, opt for pinks over peaches to give you that 90s brown-nude color that is so in right now.

If Your Skin Tone Is: Medium-Deep


The Nude Lipstick Shade: Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in Nude

Why it Works: For medium-deep skin tones, choose a warm nude, go two to three shades deeper than your natural lip tone, whether it be pink or brown, advises Lauren. If you want to lighten up naturally dark-pigmented lips instead, choose a nude with a bit of orange in it, which can cancel out the darker pigments.

If Your Skin Tone Is: Deep


The Nude Lipstick Shade: Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Lip Color in Pure

Why it Works: Ladies with deep skin tones who want to wear neutrals should avoid pink or frosty shades, which can end up looking chalky. Instead, Lauren suggests looking for richly pigmented formulas in golden-brown hues, which will accent your skin tones natural warmth.


Lauren Smith