Struggling to find a nude lipstick that suits you perfect and matches you r skin tone. Some people swear by this trend and other rejects it. Debating which nude lipstick is best is like debating the best foundation out there, practically useless because nude is a different shade for everyone. From beige to mocha, a nude tone can be very flattering. The key to achieve a natural looking nude lip is to make sure that the lipstick has the same or similar shade as your lips will look if they had no lipstick on.
How I achieve my shade of nude without lipstick.
I learned this trick back in 2008 when I was working on the Helen E stand in Debenhams. A lady came in looking for a shade of nude which wasn’t available in a lipstick. As a makeup artist you learn to think on your feet so I applied (the customer’s own) foundation on her lips, lined it with a soft pink pencil and finished it with clear gloss. I have been using this ever since on models and clients when I do not have their shade in a nude lipstick.
Here is a guide to nude lipsticks that will help you find the correct shade for you.
LIGHT FLESHY NUDES
This is what people most think of as a nude lipstick, but it’s not necessarily the best option for everyone. Most people will find that it doesn’t work. These colours work well on pale skin, with no pink or peach undertone. Avoid beige lipsticks which will drown you out. Instead look for pale pinks, soft shades of peach and apricots will suit you best
SLIGHTLY BROWN NUDES
Slightly brown nude lipsticks are excellent for anyone with a light to medium skin tone that falls within the olive range. Olive skin tones can be a little more yellow, or translate as very neutral. The slight brown tone emphasizes the fact that yes, your lips are still there, but they’re not a prominent part of your look. Avoid anything too cool, like greys or silver toned shades.
SLIGHTLY PINK NUDE
Slightly pink nude lipsticks are great on people who are more pink in their undertones, from light to medium skin. Pulling from your undertone for a nude lip is a great remedy to any matching confusion you may have by giving an even and uniform tone to the face.
PINKY BROWN NUDES
If you have light medium to medium deep skin that doesn’t pull strongly to one undertone over the other, look out for some pinky browns. Pinky browns are generally a catch all for the very large amount of people who will find themselves in this category, because the shades are balanced. A lot of makeup lines will refer to this shade as being a “mocha pink”.
VERY BROWN NUDES
If you’re a woman of color, try to stick to lipsticks that are very, very brown. At this range, undertones become orange and red because the skin is so pigmented. Browns with a gingerbread or brick hue are going to be a lifesaving replacement for the average nude lipstick for you, and they’re going to look absolutely, enviably gorgeous. If you think you’re more neutral in tone, try a more chocolate brown. You can pull off a nude lip in a way that most lighter skinned people cannot, because your genetics have usually lent you beautiful lip shapes.
SOME ADVICE FOR VERY DARK SKINNED WOMEN
As a woman of colour it should be easy to find a nude shade of lipstick right? Wrong, for years now brown shaded lipsticks have always been available but it does not mean that they are all good for creating the nude trend. Mixing different shades of lipsticks to create your own shade of nude is a great thing that do, that way that colour will be unique to you. If your skin is the darkest purest black (the one and only Alek Wek for example) black lipstick is a great option, mix it with a softer brown if you wish will give you that perfect nude lip