Having trouble finding the perfect shade of nude lipstick? This post is for you! I’m sharing my favorite Nude Lipsticks!
The perfect nude lipstick can be kind of elusive. It’s one of those things that looks super fabulous on models in magazines, but doesn’t always translate in real life. I can’t tell you how many times I tried nude lipstick only to look sick, or like I had orange-ish beige lipstick on!
But if you wear make-up, a great nude is important to have in your arsenal. It’s wearable everyday, everywhere. Whether you’re just wearing minimal make-up and going for a natural look, or going heavy on the eyeshadow and want to keep the emphasis there, it works!
One thing I have learned over the years is that nude doesn’t mean that your lips have to look the same color of your skin. A great nude can be pinkish or brown — nude just means that it is earthy and subtle.
Here are my favorites!
MAC lipstick is absolutely amazing as far as it’s texture, pigmentation, and staying power. The shade “Myth” has reached cult level status because many find it to be the “PERFECT” nude. I do like Myth — it’s exactly what you picture a nude to be. Very light and flesh toned. But it’s not my favorite. I find that it needs a bit of gloss on top so it doesn’t look chalky, but if you are going for drama, you may love it as is. It’s definitely a great nude, and worth trying. MAC is pricey and this shade isn’t for everyone, so I’d try it at a counter before I commit to buying.
This is a great, affordable nude. I really love the entire “The Buffs” line, but Truffle Tease is my favorite because it’s a nice light brown color with just a hint of a pink undertone. It definitely adds color to your face without looking too done up.
I was a little nervous about trying this one, because it looks SUPER light in photos, but it’s actually a bit darker than that. Coquette, to me, is the perfect “true” nude — it doesn’t look brown or orange on me — it’s just what you picture nude to be. This is the one I wear when my eyes are really done up. It’s definitely more pink-ey than Mac Myth, which is good for me because it compliments my skin well. It’s also highly pigmented and lasts a long time. I find that I prefer to wear a lipliner with this one because it is so highly pigmented and so light that it can look weird otherwise. This is definitely a REALLY great color and a favorite of a lot of You Tube Make Up artists!
This is my all time favorite, everyday lipstick. I’ve worn it down and had to buy another! To start with, the formula is awesome. Nice and creamy with a hint of gloss and great pigment and a bit of mint. Your lips don’t dry out wearing this! The color is also fabulous — it’s a dark pink nude, and I love that it’s in pencil form. It makes it so easy to apply! I wear this lipstick most days and always keep one in my purse. I also love it for toning down a brighter lipstick — I’ll often layer it on top of a darker color if I’m not wanting to go too bright.
Clinique Chubby sticks are amazing — they are super moisturizing and many people use them instead of lip balm! They are very sheer and only provide a hint of color, so this warm beige color is perfect for no make up days.
Second to the Tarte Lipsurgence, this is my other most used lipstick. It’s a pink nude, and the formula is so rich and buttery. There is a Naked liner sold by Urban Decay that matches this perfectly, so I usually wear the two of them together. This lipstick definitely adds color to your face, but not overwhelmingly. It’s a wonderful all year color.
This is another gloss/balm formula that isn’t really a lipstick, but more of a treatment. I love ALL the Fresh lip products — they are made with natural ingredients and real sugar. This color is a very warm nude. It’s great on low key days, or layered over other nude makeup to moisturize. This stuff leaves your lips feeling really great at the end of the day!
Here are some swatches of the colors on my arm, just for reference. As you can see, Myth is definitely the most beige/nude of them all, Truffle Tease is the brownest, and Naked is the most pink. Naked doesn’t look as pink on my face as it does on my arm, so keep that in mind! Lips are naturally a bit pink, so it still comes across as a nice, but slightly pink colored earth tone. The only two not included in the swatch are my two glosses, I’m sure they are in an abandoned purse somewhere in my closet and I need to hunt them down.
If you’ve had trouble getting nude lipstick to work for you, here are a couple things to try:
1. Use a darker lip liner. NO — I am not telling you to go for the dark liner/light lipstick look of the early 2000’s. But adding a darker outline can make nude lipstick look less “deathly”. Choose a brownish pink, or even a light brown lipliner, and outline your lips. I’ve even used a medium pink liner, if it compliments the shade of nude I’m using. Gently blend the liner in towards the center of your lips, just to soften the edges and blend the color. Then apply your nude lipstick.
2. Wear a gloss over your lipstick. The sheen from lip gloss can really help add some dimension, which makes the nude color less jarring.
3. Treat your lips! Before applying your nude lipstick, use a lip treatment or mask, or even just some chapstick. It helps eliminate any dry skin on your lips, which is always super evident when wearing nude colors. It also helps the lipstick go on nice and smooth, and adds a subtle sheen.
MAC Lipglass in Oyster Girl (described as a freshwater pink) and MAC Lipglass in Nymphette (described as a sunny, golden pink) are my favorite lip glosses for layering over nude lips. Both are MAC bestsellers, so they are good to have in your arsenal!
Hope this helps! I’d love to hear what your favorite nude lipstick shades are!