We have to admit, there are some makeup categories that have a total Bermuda Triangle effect. They leave us mystified and confused as to how to approach them, so we avoid them altogether in the name of saving ourselves from catastrophe. Nude makeup tends to fall under this complex calamity.

The neutral and barely-there shades come with endless possibilities, but also threaten to leave us looking like a corpse. Here at MDC, we’re all about conquering our beauty fears and pushing those boundaries, so we’re showing you the ideal nudes for your skin tone. With this tailored guide, there’s no way you’ll go wrong when you decide to bare it all!

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If you have a pale, ivory complexion, avoid nudes that are too close to your own skin color. Go for warmer nudes with pink undertones to them: light peaches and pearly pinks. These shades will give your face a healthy flush that is subtle and natural.

Eyes: YSL Beauty Couture Palettes in Afrique, Makeup Forever Artist Shadow in Flesh Colored Pink

Face: The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Apricot, Lancôme Star Bronzer Palette in Bronze Essence

Lips: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive in Julianne’s Nude, Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Nooner


Your skin most likely has some yellow or red undertones to it, so going for warmer makeup shades may lend an unattractive, ruddy look. Try cooler-toned nudes like gray-beiges or light taupes.

Eyes: Giorgio Armani Fade to Grey Eyeshadow Palette, Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Face: Giorgio Armani Effetto Nudo Palette, Lancôme Rouge in Love in Delicate Lace

Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs in Touchable Taupe


You ebony-skinned beauties are the most compatible with nude colors, as the shades contrast nicely with your complexion. Try nudes with golden-red or light brown undertones to it and a sheen-like finish to let your skin really glow.

Eyes: YSL Beauty Couture Palettes in Saharienne

Face: The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Bronze, YSL Beauty Poudre De Soleil in Sand

Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs in Maple Kiss, Tarte Amazonian Clay Universal Lip Liner

Whats your go-to nude makeup product? Sound off in the comments below. 

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