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Perfect Nude Lipstick for Every Skin Tone

Nothing screams elegant and timeless like the humble nude lipstick. With the recent revival of the neutral lip, we’ve seen more and more celebs holding back on bold colour and opting for a more subdued look.

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But with so many beautiful options on the market, it can be hard to know which one works for you and your skin tone. Here we’ll show you our top tips for choosing the most flattering nude lipstick to suit you!

Porcelain/fair complexion

Although scarlet lips look oh-so Hollywood glam on those with fair complexions, a neutral look is subtler for every day. As lighter skinned individuals commonly have a 65-95% pink undertone, nude lipsticks with a similar base will be the most flattering. Colours that can be best described as dusty rose or rose beige will be the perfect nude for you beauties, but try to stay away from overly orange or brown hues that can make you look dated.

(L-R) Face of Australia Lip Quench Moisturising Lipstick in Lychee Crush $9.45, Too Faced La Creme Colour Drenched Lip Cream in Taffy $29, MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup $36
(L-R) Face of Australia Lip Quench Moisturising Lipstick in Lychee Crush $9.45, Too Faced La Creme Colour Drenched Lip Cream in Taffy $29, MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup $36

Olive/medium complexion

Those with olive or medium complexions generally have a high amount of yellow in their undertone – often 80-95%. By looking for nude lipsticks that mimics this warmth, you will always find the perfect shade for you. Those with this skin tone have it the easiest when deciding on a neutral lip as we can venture anywhere between light nude to brown. Colours best described as tawny or caramel are fantastic at creating that Kylie Jenner inspired, sophisticated look to finish your makeup routine. However, lighter beige hues that are a shade lighter than your skin tone will look amazing paired with a dramatic eye for an evening look.

(L-R) YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in 210 Nude Acoustic $52, Maybelline Color Sensational Color Drama Lipstick in Nude Perfection $9.95, Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude  $13.95
(L-R) YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in 210 Nude Acoustic $52, Maybelline Color Sensational Color Drama Lipstick in Nude Perfection $9.95, Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude $13.95

Tanned/deep skin complexions

Deeper complexions tend to be more balanced in the ratio between red and olive undertones found in the skin. This is fantastic news when deciding on the best nude lipstick, as you’re less likely to be constrained by its base colour. Generally, tones described as terracotta, coffee and even deep burgundy brown look phenomenal on this skin type.

(L-R) Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Fig Jam $21.95, Revlon Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey $17.95, Face of Australia Lip Quench Moisturising Lipstick in Iced Almond $9.45
(L-R) Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Fig Jam $21.95, Revlon Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey $17.95, Face of Australia Lip Quench Moisturising Lipstick in Iced Almond $9.45

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