While it’s surely the standard in versatility, a nude lipstick is anything but universal. Although many seem to think nudes are all sandy beige hues, that is simply not the truth. In fact, your skin tone determines which neutral shade suits you best—and you can choose from an entire spectrum of pinks, peaches and deep browns. Here, the best way to pick the right one for you.
To highlight the natural flush of your lips, pink-hued options work best. Pale beige or taupe will wash you out.
NARS Lipstick in Cruising
You already look sun-kissed, and a peachy hue will take your complexion to a whole new level.
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in First Time
A light beige is the right amount of contrast between your complexion and your lips. Sandy tones won't wash you out or look too dark.
Edgy Naturals Amust Bouche Lipstick in Enoki
A taupe that's slightly darker than your natural lips works perfectly—and don't forget a glossy finish.
Dior Addict Lipstick in Confident
The pink undertones of a good mauve will bring your lips to life.
GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Juju
Deep Brown Skin
It's important to not cancel out the color of your lips. Yes, a chocolate berry shade counts as a nude, thanks to the subtle natural flush.
Nude Lipstick in Antique Velvet