Finding the perfect nude can be a daunting task — especially when nude means something different to everyone. Landing on the ideal shade isn’t determined solely by your skin tone, but your undertones and lip color, too. This is why one shade might look great on your fave YouTuber and a little off on you. It also means you probably shouldn’t be looking for a lip color that perfectly matches your skin or lips but rather a muted, neutral shade that suits you — think pinks, browns and mauves. The beauty world is filled with these shades (seriously, there are hundreds), so we’ve rounded up a select few colors we love with formulas we can’t stop raving about.
Peep our picks ahead:
If You Want to Keep it Glossy
If you love a lippie with color and shine, this one fits the bill. The rich and radiant lipstick is great for the beauty junkie who wants a hydrating lipstick that wears comfortably throughout the day. We love the shade Glossy Fawn, a pinky-beige shade that works well for babes with a naturally pink pout.
A Satin-y Finish
Few shades speak to us the way Toasted Almond does, a brown-pink shade that looks great on a wide range of skin tones. A creamy lipstick, it delivers color without shine and gives lips that dewy look. This is perfect for those who don’t want the dryness of a typical matte but want less slip than a gloss.
A Matte Lip That’ll Last All Day
If you like your lippies to smell like hot chocolate and last for hours, look no further. L’Oréal recently released their Les Chocolat collection — a six-shade set filled with browns and muted pinks that compliment just about everyone. There are so many we love that it’s hard to choose just one and at $10 a tube, we don’t have to. If you typically gravitate toward pinkier nudes or have a medium skin tone, try Dose of Cocoa, a pinky-brown shade. If your skin is deeper or you prefer a darker nude try Bittersweet, a true brown color. Either way, they all smell like chocolate so you can’t go wrong.
The Instagrammable Nude
This beige-brown shade is what nude lip dreams are made of. Although it wears matte, it’s comfortable and feels luxe on your lips. The color is vibrant, the price is affordable and it’s available in drugstores everywhere. What more could you want?
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