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How To Find The Perfect Nude Lipstick Shade For Your Skin Tone

Nude lipsticks are lipstick hues that are very similar to one's skin tone or the natural colour of one's lips.
Published -26 May 2022, 11:07 ISTUpdated -26 May 2022, 11:56 IST
  • Kumari Rajnigandha
  • Editorial
  • Published -26 May 2022, 11:07 ISTUpdated -26 May 2022, 11:56 IST
nude lipstick for women

Everyone is wearing trendy nude lipstick these days. From your favourite celebs on the red carpet to the top supermodels on some of the world's biggest runways. Nude lipsticks are extremely versatile, and the proper nude lipstick colour that complements one's skin tone can never go wrong. 

It can serve as the finishing touch to a barely-there cosmetics look. Moreover,  it can be the perfect balance to a gorgeous smokey eye. Finding the correct natural hue can be surprisingly challenging for a tint that appears to be simple to pull off. If you go too cool, your face will look washed out; if you go too warm, you'll look like you smeared beige foundation all over your lips.

It's no wonder that nude lipsticks remain one of the most popular lip shades throughout the year. So, to make things easier for you, we've compiled some tips so that you can pick the right shade for your skin tone.

What Is Nude Lipstick?

nude lipstick

Nude lipsticks are lipstick hues that are very similar to one's skin tone or the natural colour of one's lips, in contrast to other lipstick colours that are vivid and dramatic. They offer the lips a more natural appearance, almost as if they are not wearing lipstick.

For Fair Skin Tone

fair skin tone

Pay particular attention to your complexion and undertone when picking a nude lipstick for light and fair skin tones to find a hue that brings out your features. If you choose a nude lipstick shade that is too light for your skin tone, you risk looking washed out and displaying the dreaded "concealer lips."

Look for soft, dusty nude pink lipsticks with a cool undertone if you have cool undertones. These neutral lipstick colours will complement your natural lip colour and blend in flawlessly to give you the "my lips, but better" effect. Nude lipsticks with brown undertones should be avoided since they tend to darken pink lips.

For Medium And Olive Skin Tones

You can get away with a variety of nude lipstick colours if your skin tone is medium or olive. Your skin can take everything from lighter nude peach lipsticks to darker nude brown lipsticks. Nude lipstick with warm undertones like caramel, beige, and orange complements the natural yellow undertones of persons with medium and olive skin tones the best. 

To truly play up the warmth of your complexion and bring your golden undertone together with the warmth of the lipstick, select a shade darker than your skin tone.

Look for a gentle blush pink nude lipstick shade that is just a touch darker than your lips if you have medium or olive skin tones with slightly cooler undertones. This will prevent the pink tint and cold undertones from washing out your bronzed, warm skin tone.

For Dark Skin Tones

Find a nude lipstick shade that provides a stunning yet subtle contrast to your complexion when looking for a nude lipstick shade for dusky, deep, or dark skin tones. Doesn't it appear to be contradictory? Listen to what we have to say. You want your nude lipstick hue to draw attention to your lips in a positive way. A nude lipstick that is too light will make you look chalky and ghostly, while a shade that is too close to your skin tone or darker will blend in with the rest of your features.

For those with deep and dark complexion tones, the finest nude lipstick hue should contain rich undertones of chocolate brown or red. Wearing pink nude lipsticks with cool undertones should be avoided since they might make your lips look frosty, which is not a good look on anyone!

Some Tips To Avoid Nude Lip Mistakes

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  • If you bought a nude lipstick shade that is too light for your skin tone, use a slightly darker lip liner to outline your lips, fill your lips halfway (or all the way if your lipstick is REALLY light), then softly blend it in with your lipstick to produce a faint ombre effect.
  • If your nude lipstick is too dark, all you have to do is dab a teeny-tiny bit of foundation or concealer in the centre of your top and bottom lips and mix it outwards to get a smooth blurred look. If you use more than a dot of foundation or concealer, your lips will get flaky and uncomfortable throughout the day.

If you wish to share any interesting beauty tips with us, then do let us know by commenting on our Facebook and Instagram page. 

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