The Best Nude Lipsticks For Every Skin Tone


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.

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Fair Skin

To highlight the natural flush of your lips, pink-hued options work best. Pale beige or taupe will wash you out.

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Warm Skin

You already look sun-kissed, and a peachy hue will take your complexion to a whole new level.

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Medium Skin

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.

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Olive Skin

A taupe that's slightly darker than your natural lips works perfectly—and don't forget a glossy finish.

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Bronze Skin

The pink undertones of a good mauve will bring your lips to life.

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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.