We love a statement lip as much as the next person, but a full-on berry pout can look a little OTT when you’re only popping to Tesco. Enter the nude lip – subtly gorgeous and always flattering, you can go for a shade almost identical to your natural lip for added definition or experiment with brown, pink or orange hues.
And the best part? A nude lip suits literally everybody. Here’s our run-down of the best ones for every skin tone.
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Exclusive Lipstick – 620 Juliannes Nude, £6.99
Fair skinned women often have it in their heads that a nude lip will ‘wash them out’ or make them resemble ‘a corpse’ – but it’s all in the colour tone. Not only does this lippie apply like silk, but it’s made especially for super fair skinned redheads by the stunning Julianne Moore herself! Pair with thick black mascara to really make your eyes pop.
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Lip Gloss in Sandstorm and Soft Spoken, £7.00
Fair skinned ladies should play up the natural pinky tones in their lips as much as possible, and these light rosy-nude lipsticks are just the ticket. Their silky-smooth, satin-like texture means they glide on to leave lips looking moisturised with no dreaded cracks! Matt lipsticks in lighter shades can leave the lips looking ghostly, so should be avoided at all costs if you’re pale. Pair with a smoky eye, a touch of bronzer and gold eye shadow for an effortless party look that Mary-Kate and Ashley themselves would be proud of. (MK is wearing Sandstorm whilst Ashley rocks Soft Spoken). Also, they’re £7 so there’s that…
Light to medium skin
Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk, £24.00
Worn by basically every celeb on the planet (Alexa Chung, Salma Hayek and Olivia Palermo to name but a few) cult product ‘Pillowtalk’ doesn’t stick around in shops for long… and we can see why. Word on the street is this lip colour enhances the natural hues within your lips, making it possible for you to cheat a fuller, wider pout…sold! With its natural and perfectly matte finish, this dreamy nude pink is an iconic shade with a celeb following (seriously, it’s ALL over the red carpet). Well if it’s good enough for Hollywood…
Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria, £21.60
Ms Tilbury is knocking it out of the park with her nude lipstick offering, and ‘Very Victoria’ is no exception. As worn by Meghan Markle herself, this taute lippy looks just as good in an 8am breakfast meeting as it does in a bar on a Saturday night – it stays put too so there’s no need to worry about constantly having to re-apply whilst sipping on cocktails. It’s pricey, but totally worth it. Apply liberally for the best lips of your life.
Medium to dark skin
MAC Matte lipstick in Taupe, £17.50
For those with medium to dark skin, a nude lipstick with terracotta undertones is a guaranteed winner. This MAC shade goes on opaque with just the right amount of shine, and closely mimics the colour of natural lips – a real YLBB (aka your lips but better) situation. The lipstick itself is slightly drying, so avoid wearing on a 12 hour day or set-aside time to remove and reapply.
Bobbi Brown lip colour in Brown, £21.60
The first rule of a nude lippie on dark skin is that the lipstick itself should never look nude coloured on the shelf – it will just end up looking like you’ve put concealer on your lips. Instead, go for a pinky-brown colour to enhance darker complexions rather than compete with them. Bobbi Brown’s offering not only smells amazing, the lipstick goes on like a dream (as Bobbi Brown lip colour always does) and the colour can be be built up as preferred without drying out lips. It also has some real staying power and is neither creamy nor is it drying. For an everyday ‘swipe on and go’ lip colour, you can’t go wrong.
Nars Audacious Lipstick, Aya, £26.00
This deep chestnut brown looks great on dark skin with red undertones. With a satin finish, this rich, creamy formula glides on to make lips appear smoother and fuller – where do we sign? Combined with slick packaging and the fact it keeps its shine all day, we don’t think we’ll be stopping at just the one shade…
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