Glossy Nude Lip Combos for Every Skin Tone

January 31, 2022
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | by L'Oréal
Nude Lip Gloss Combos for Every Skin Tone

For a your-lips-but-better look, there’s nothing better than a classic nude lipstick. But sometimes swiping the color on straight from the tube can look a little one-dimensional, especially on deeper skin tones. That’s where a nude lip gloss and liner come in to add extra definition and shine. Below, find our favorite nude lip pairings for every skin tone that are so flattering, you won’t mind the occasional touch-up.

Best Nude Lip Combo for Fair Skin

“For fair skin, a nude that has more warmth is best, rather than something yellow or cool-toned,” says celebrity makeup artist Melissa Hurkman. She recommends a pink or coral shade. Try pairing Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Backtalk, a matte pinky nude, with Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Dusty Rose for a subtle ombre effect. A dab of baby-pink gloss in the center of your lips will add fullness and shine — try the Tower 28 ShineOn Lip Jelly in Oat.
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Best Nude Lip Combo for Medium Skin

“Medium skin tones work best with a caramel shade of nude — think a caramel, peachy nude,” Hurkman says. The L'Oréal Colour Riche Les Nus Intense Lipstick in Nu Intense is perfect for this — it’s a toasty shade infused with conditioning oils to deeply moisturize your lips. Add definition by tracing your lips with the Lancôme Le Lip Liner in Ideal. To warm up your lips even more, try slicking on a sheer coral gloss, such as the NYX Professional Makeup This is Juice Gloss in Guava Snap.
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Best Nude Lip Combo for Dark Skin

If you have dark skin, Hurkman recommends either a “rich hot chocolate tone” or a deep, purple-based nude. To ensure your lipstick lasts all day, start by filling in the lips with a liner, such as the Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Sculpting Lip Pencil in Jeff, a warm-toned brown. Next, fill in your lips with a deep brown shade — for this, we love the Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick in Palazzo. Feel free to stop there for a matte lip, or amp up the shine with The Lip Bar Goddess Lip Gloss

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