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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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Talldiva45 Talldiva45 3 years
I think it would be a great addition for these articles to feature the exact lipsticks/ makeup etc. that the stars that are featured are wearing...just a suggestion as I see many, including myself, wondering/asking for the exact shade information.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 3 years
Nude lips can look good on anyone - it is just about finding the right color to flatter your skin-tone. I think that we can all agree that style changes by the minute and season but one thing that will never let you down when it comes to beauty is Common Sense. Go with that and you most likely won't go wrong :)
mlleemilee mlleemilee 3 years
"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." This is the advice I use (soft pink for me, since i'm cool; soft peach/apricot are better for fair + warm skintones). And if you think that you look awful with "nude" lipstick, you're wearing the wrong color; ultimately, the shade should look natural and flatter your coloring.  
Catherine2684444 Catherine2684444 3 years
I am a fair skinned blonde with honey-toned highlights, and I love a pinky-beige nude lip. However, my lips have so much natural color it always wound up looking too rosy. Then I learned this tip, apply a non-greasy lip balm and let it sink in a few moments. Then apply a few drops of liquid foundation or creamy concealer to the entire lip area and let it dry. Pat on a small amount of loose powder. line your lips with neutral iner, aplly your nude lipcolor, and you will look amazing! This method also ensures that it will last longer. Try it!
thorthursdays thorthursdays 6 years
what brand is that lipstick?
thorthursdays thorthursdays 6 years
what brand is that lipstick?
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
Yes you should look like your lips are light, not like you don't have any at all.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I kind of figured that I had to get something a shade around my skin tone. I tried the nude lip years ago and I actually got a universally recognized nude color and I looked like I was a crack head or was suffering from hypothermia. Thankfully I didn't wear it outside since I had enough sense to stop myself.
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