A nude lip is perfect for a paired-back beauty look coming into summer, but finding the right shade can be easier said than done. When looking at how to wear nude lipstick, it’s important to create a particular balance with the rest of your makeup. When done badly, a nude lip can wash out your features, so it’s all about choosing the right colours and finishes to suit your skin tone. The best nudes are sheer and generally have a similar finish to your lips, so nothing too shiny or matte. If you’re fair, opt for pink or peachy undertones; if you’re tanned or have darker skin, opt for one with an orange undertone – the key is to make sure the colour isn’t lighter than your skin. For darker skin tones, it should be nude but still pop, so a hint of colour works best. Olive tones can get away with most nudes. Below is a selection of shades that work regardless of your skin tone.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Boy, €32.50
This is a sheer, natural lip tone that always warms up fair skin.
Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Flynn, €33
The perfect shade of pink for those with pale skin that are newbies to the world of nude lipstick.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G in Nude Kate, €30
This ever-so-slightly sheeny lip shade makes eyes instantly brighter and looks best on those with a tan or bronzed glow.
L’Oréal Paris Exclusive Pinks Collection Color Riche Lipstick Eva, €10.49
Eva’s rich-toned lipstick is a nude with the colour pop darker skins need to make a statement
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Heaping Hazelnut, €20
Pale nude lips are perfect on those with olive skin — take a look at Jennifer Lopez for further proof. This jojoba-oil-packed lip crayon by Clinique is one of the few shades that gives the perfect soft shine and pale pinky nude colour
Dior Rouge Dior Nude in Twill, €36
This lipstick is the colour of caramel and works perfectly on those with darker skin.
Rimmel London Nude Collection By Kate Moss, €6.99
This collection contains four shades of varied nudes to suit any complexion.