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How to Wear a Nude Lipstick

Your Go-To Guide For Wearing a Nude Lip Look

Struggling to find a nude lipstick shade that matches your skin tone? The trick to wearing a neutral hue is to actually think subtle touches of color in lieu of taking the term "nude" literally. From beige to mocha to sheer washes of pink, a nude-toned lip can be quite flattering, especially when coupled with a smoky eye. Take Rihanna, for instance, who opted for a pretty coffee-colored lipstick paired with dark liner and soft shadow at the 2012 Met Gala. Find out a few tips for going nude, sans the chalky effects, when you read more.

Choosing a color for your skin tone:

  • For fair or pale skin: With lighter skin tones, avoid beige lipsticks, which will wash you out. Instead, look to soft pinks and peaches or pale apricot as your base shade.
  • For the golden girls: If you have lots of golden undertones in your skin, go for creamy, caramel-toned nudes and warm beiges. Avoid anything too cool, like grays or silver-toned shades.
  • For olive tones: If you have olive skin, you're a lucky gal. Just about any nude shade will look great on you from beige to bronze to pinks.
  • For skin with yellow undertones: Think light, creamy-toned beiges like latte or mocha.
  • For dark-toned skin: Go for chocolate tones such as rich golden browns and coffees.

Other things to consider:

  • Exfoliate: Prep the lips before applying a nude tone to create a smooth surface.
  • Afraid your nude shade will look flat?: Consider wearing a semimatte lipstick for a slightly glossy finish.
  • For the cheeks: First dust on a tawny bronzer and then add a pink or peach cream blush to brighten the face.
  • Emphas-eyes: If a chocolate-brown or smoldering gray-toned smoky eye isn't your thing, try a black eyeliner with light shadow instead. Play up your eyes even more by creating emphasis on the brows.
  • By all means: Avoid frosty finishes.
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