As a pale girl I know the struggle with nude lipstick – most lippies that are nude on medium skin tones are just a deep pink or brown on me, and when I rarely find a proper ‘nude’ nude I can have a tendency to look a tad dead and grey. I imagine for most skin tones there’s a similar problem, but in this post I thought I’d share the nudes I have collected over the years that work for me. For reference, I have fair skin (NW13-15 this time of year), with cool, pink undertones. The lippies I mention in this post go from palest to darkest, with a variety of finishes and brands – swatches are included at the end of the post!
MAC | Creme D’Nude
An oldie but a goodie. Creme D’Nude is the ideal slap in on and go nude to me because of its finish – as it’s a cremesheen it’s more sheer so I can either use one swipe for more of a hint of colour or build for a very nude lip. There isn’t much staying power to this lipstick, but quick re-application is easy.
Lipstick Queen | Nude Metal
This is my favourite of favourites. The shade can only be described as a more pinky-toned nude with gold running throughout it – essentially a lighter version of Nars Orgasm blush in a lipstick. Again, a more moisturizing lipstick, my only criticism/tip is to really exfoliate your lips before applying this because (as with most metallic lipsticks), it really highlights texture.
YSL Rouge Volupte | Shade 1
This is my pink pick out of the bunch, that has a neutral beige undertone. The formula is to die for if you have dry lips as it feels like putting a lip balm on. I find that these more pink-nude tones suit me more than the more brown tones as they liven up my complexion.
Makeup Revolution | Chauffer
If you want a brown-toned matte lipstick but don’t think that those sorts of colours suit your skin – try this! It’s the least expensive out of the bunch, has soild staying power and is a ‘my lips but better’ shade on me.
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip | Knotty
I feel bad putting this liquid lipstick in here, as I was part of Colourpop’s 2016 Christmas Collection, but in case they bring it back – Knotty is a lovely darker beige, peach nude that despite being a rather drying formula is stunning if you have pale skin. For some reason this looks paler on my lips than swatched.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream | London
The darkest and brownest of my picks. NYX’s soft matte lip creams are affordable, comfortable and come in all the colours of the rainbow. I own colours that are lighter than this in this formula, but I feel that those colours are difficult to pull off (particularly the shade Cairo – it’s not for me), London, however, is a beautifully effortless brown nude.