The Perfect Nude Lipstick for *Every* Skin Tone Does Exist, and Here's Proof

The Perfect Nude Lipstick for *Every* Skin Tone Does Exist, and Here's Proof

Because a sweep of the perfect nude will instantly upgrade your glow.

By Katherine Kluznik

Nude lipstick is like the LBD of the beauty world. The perfect hue gives a barely-there look that doesn’t compete with anything else — not your eye makeup, not your hairstyle, not your outfit. Its job is simple: It brightens your complexion and makes you look instantly put together without making too much of a statement — unlike all those loud-mouth reds or attention-seeking pinks.

Finding a nude that works with your coloring rather than fighting against it, though, it isn’t exactly easy work. Go with a shade that’s lighter than your skin tone and you’ll look straight-up crazy. Try a matchy-matchy color that mirrors your complexion and you'll sap the life from your face in a single sweep — great for October 31st, not so much for any other day of the year.

One trick most pros agree upon: choose a hue that’s a shade or three darker than your skin tone and has undertones that bring out your radiance — like the array of top-rated hues ahead. We promise, your perfect nude is sitting there quietly among them waiting to upgrade your glow.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in Blackberry


Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint in Bachelorette


The Lip Bar Lipstick in Cafe au Lait

Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs Lip Color in Bare All


CoverGirl Queen Collection Lipstick in Espresso Court


MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

Milani Color Statement in Teddy Bare

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color in Beige Tribute

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick in Minx

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Peep Show

Reina Rebelde Bold Lip Color Stick in Xicana

BareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Queen

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