How to: Go nude

How to Go nude. Right lipstick colour for your skin tone.


It’s a huge beauty look but oh-so hard to get right – the nude lip. When your eyes are the focus of your Saturday night make-up, a bold pout can quickly lead to overload. Therefore a perfect pink that just matches your skin tone is the answer to your beauty prayers. But how do you pick a shade that’s right for you and won’t leave you looking washed out or unnatural? We’ve compiled some guidelines right here.

Ivory/fair complexion:

They can wash you out and blend your lips into your complexion, which is not a good look. It’s best to go for pink or peach tones, but keep it soft. MAC’s Crème Cup is a lovely pink, that adds just the right amount of colour without crossing over into garish. L’Oréal Collection Privée tackles the nude lip problem by taking celebrities with varying skin tones to promote a shade that suits them. Doutzen Kroes’ Barely Pink is perfect for paler girls. Fair girls can really channel an ‘80s vibe when they go nude. Try adding a creamy blue eyeshadow for some retro glam.

Golden/olive complexion:

If you have a warm skin tone, it’s important to pick shades that will complement this. There’s not much point in going for anything too pink as this could give you a cheap, frosted effect. Creamy caramels should suit you perfectly. Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke looks great on golden girls, without detracting from your eye make-up. The most complementary eye make-up for you are metallic shades. Warm gold and bronze will look great.

Darker/black complexion:

Chocolate and coffee tones look gorgeous on dark skin, as they really bring out the best in your complexion. Maybelline Color Sensational in Crispy Cookie is a lovely creamy brown shade and looks fabulous with coloured eyeshadow. Neutrogena’s MoistureShine Gloss in Natural is an option for those looking for an even subtler hint of colour. Dark complexions look great with bright eyeshadows, which won’t be too overpowering if you’ve got a nude lip. Try a deep purple or emerald green.

Remember – if you’re struggling, any beauty counter will be happy to guide you towards your perfect nude match.

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