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How to find the perfect shade of nude lipstick

Written by Victoria Chong

 

There are a few things that never, ever go out of style, and the perfect nude lipstick is one of them. It’s classic, understated, and can tie together any look effortlessly. However, finding a flattering shade of any lipstick is almost always an ordeal, especially when it comes to finding the best nude lipstick. If you’re feeling stuck on what exactly to look out when choosing a nude lipstick that suits your skin tone, and how to best apply it, we have the tips you need right here.

 

How to pick a nude lipstick

The colour ‘nude’ is going to look different to everyone, so how do you pinpoint the nude lipstick shades that will suit you most? Too light and all colour seems to drain from your face, too dark and you end up with that unflattering muddy look. The perfect nude lipstick will make you look awake and natural in just the right way. It’s best to consider your skin tone and undertone when you’re trying to choose the right nude lipstick.

One of the best nude lipsticks we’ve come across, for any skin tone, is the Napoleon Perdis Mattetastic Lipstick in the shade Ava. Smooth, long-lasting, and hydrating, the Mattetastic Lipstick keeps your lips soft and pigmented throughout the day. The shade is universally flattering: a soft, dusky pink nude that gives you that amazing ‘my lips but better’ look.    


Light skin tones

If you’re in the lighter skin range, look for something in a rosy tone: People with pale skin should wear nude lipsticks with a hint of pink. Just note, a nude lipstick shouldn’t match your skin colour exactly, as this will make you look washed out. Aim to bring a little warmth to your lips.

 

Medium skin tones

For those of you with warmer skin tones, it’s best to look out for nude lipsticks that have caramel or deeper peach tones. There is a little more versatility in your range: you can even explore options that are a shade lighter than your actual foundation. Of course, still shoot for something that defines some separation between your lips and your skin for maximum impact.

Deep skin tones

Dark skin tones look great with dark chocolate nude pigments, or anything with slight berry undertones. The aim is to create definition by playing with highlights, so try a shade lighter than your actual skin tone that works to brighten up your face.

Remember: Pulling off a nude lipstick right is all about balance. If your nude lipstick is very similar to your skin tone, it is also a good idea to opt for a glossier formula, to make your lips stand out and not just blend seamlessly into the rest of your face.


How to put on nude lipstick 

Before you apply your lipstick, take a second to prepare your lips. Nude lipstick has a tendency to emphasise your lip’s texture, so you don’t want to draw attention to them if they’re dry! The first trick is to exfoliate pre-lipstick with a lip scrub. Rub the product over your lips to eliminate any flaky spots, and to make the application of your nude lipstick as smooth as possible.

If you’re in a hurry, you can apply the lipstick straight onto your lips from the tube. Or, for a more precise approach, use a lip brush to carefully paint the colour onto your lips, paying special attention to the corners of your smackers and your Cupid’s bow.

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