Between the bright oranges, neon pinks and saturated reds, it’s easy to forget that nude is a lipstick option that can be just as captivating as your coral and berry colors. Lancôme national makeup artist Ricardo Costalesagrees. “There is something magical about wearing a nude lipstick, but it has to be the right shade for the undertone of the woman.” Understanding your undertones is essential to finding a nude lipstick that won’t wash you out. A quick and easy way to figure it out is to look at the veins that show through the thin skin on the inside of your wrist: if they look blue, you have cool undertones and if they take on a slightly greenish hue, you’re warm. Not sure which way you go? You most likely have neutral undertones.
When choosing a nude lipstick, keep the color of your bare lips in mind. Even if you’ve found a shade that’s right for your undertones, straying too far from your natural color with a lipstick that’s two shades too light will not be flattering.