15 Nude Lipsticks For Different Skin Tones

15 Nude Lipsticks For Different Skin Tones

There’s a flattering nude lipstick out there for every skin tone but finding the right one in a crowded market is easier said than done. To narrow the search, we’ve compiled a list of the everyday shades worth adding to your make-up bag.
By Sapna Rao
Image: MAC

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For Fair Skin Tones…

Max Factor Colour Elixir in ‘Toasted Almond’, £8.99

This conditioning lip colour comes with a lightweight, moisturising formula made using a blend of shea, avocado and aloe butters. A classic nude, it has subtle pink hues and a hint of sheen to provide 24 hours of comfortable wear, protecting and perking up dull-looking lips. 

Available at Superdrug.com

Chanel Rouge Coco Flash in ‘Boy’, £31

Famous for its buttery formula, Chanel’s ‘Boy’ works like a shiny and nourishing oil – perfect for those looking for more of a natural pink-nude glow. The ‘Hydraboost Complex’ is made up of natural origin waxes, including momosa, jojoba and sunflower oil, which keeps lips feeling supple and moisturised for up to eight hours at a time. 

Available at Boots.com

Nars Must-Have Mattes in ‘Boukhara’, £23

This cooler toned nude still works on fairer skin thanks to its rosy-mauve undertones. Although matte, this velvety formula glides on with ease thanks to a range of antioxidant enriched conditioning ingredients. 

Available at Selfridges.com

For Fair To Medium Skin Tones…

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in ‘Transparent Nude’, £32

If you’re looking for a vibrant pigment but only medium coverage, YSL’s warm-hued option is great for those with fair-to-medium skin tones. This oil-infused, hydrating balm creates a high-shine, light-brown finish, lending a hydrating glow to the lips.

Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in ‘Pillowtalk Original’, £25

‘Pillowtalk’ is a strong influencer favourite thanks to its universally complementing nude-pink shaded colour – no wonder one is sold every two minutes globally. It works on a wide range of skin tones, but the peachy hues perfectly complement a warm but still fair complexion. The moisturising matte formula is also enriched with nourishing orchid extracts and added light-reflecting pigments to give lips a smoother, silkier appearance. 

Available at CharlotteTilbury.com

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour in ‘Bare’, £26

For a more subtle and lightweight option, this lipstick from Bobbi Brown feels closer to a balm. Subtle pinky-beige hues and cool brown undertones are blended with a rich combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and beeswax, leaving lips feeling smooth and nourished all day. 

Available at Selfridges.com

For Medium Skin Tones…

Hourglass Lip Stylo in ‘Futurist’ | £31

This crayon-shaped pen is the perfect on-the-go product. The chubby-pencil tip allows for easy application, while the buildable medium coverage provides total flexibility. The shea butter, jojoba and mimosa oil formula hydrates lips, while the  cool brown hue and subtle pink undertones make it a great choice for warmer complexions.

Available at SpaceNK.com

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy in ‘Intense Nude’, £28

Thanks to its red undertones and beige base, this one will best complement medium skin tones with pink-y or yellow undertones. With eight-hour wear and a non-drying formula, it’s simple and totally reliable. 

Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

NYX Soft Matte in ‘Abu Dhabi’, £7

Another cult favourite is this NYX liquid lipstick, which comes equipped with a velvety smooth, lightweight formula. The finish might be matte, but the long-wear colour won’t flake or dry out during the day. ‘Abu Dhabi’ is the perfect warm, yellow-toned beige to compliment medium and olive skin tones. 

Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

For Medium To Deep Skin Tones…

Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in ‘Graduation Day’, £22

This intensely pigmented, long-lasting matte lipstick is a mid-toned beige-pink with subtle rosy undertones, making it most suitable for warmer toned medium skin tones. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Beauty Pie Futurelipstick in ‘Baby Beige’, £8

Incredibly lightweight on the lips, this luxurious matte lipstick has a superb velvety finish. We love the healthy blend of nourishing antioxidants, while the cool, blue toned, beige-pink will enhance the look of warm to deeper skin tones. 

Available at BeautyPie.com

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm in ‘Dare to Bare’, £29

This two-in-one vegan formula contains hyaluronic acid, which helps lips retain their moisture to ensure a soft, plump finish. Meanwhile, special glossing agents give the wearer that glowy wet-look to subtly enhance and define the look.

Available at SpaceNK.com

For Deep Skin Tones…

M·A·C Matte Lipstick in ‘Velvet Teddy’, £18.50

Another lipstick icon, this highly pigmented matte finish still maintains its silky, comfortable feel. The colour is a rich peachy-pink nude with subtle beige undertones – a great, non-ashy choice for those with deeper skin tones. 

Available at MACCosmetics.co.uk

Bite Beauty Power Move Soft Matte in ‘Chai’, £25

Creamy and non-drying, Bite Beauty’s lipstick is made using tapioca pearls to give lips a slight sheen, while the velvety matte finish won’t budge. Feather and fade resistant, the formula is perfect for all-day wear and the rich, grapefruit-pink hue is guaranteed to make an impact. 

Available at Boots.com

Fenty Beauty Icon Semi-Matte ‘Scholar Sista’, £18

Rihanna’s entire make-up range was built around shade inclusivity and her lipsticks are no exception. ‘Scholar Sista’ is rich in pigment with a velvety, lightweight finish that’s seriously satisfying to apply. It will suit several skin tones, but especially those with a darker complexion. In Rihanna’s words, this shade was ‘made to be seen’ – and it’s certainly a great option if you want to make a statement, but one that’s still wearable enough in the day. Semi-matte, the creamy texture glides on and sets fast for a budge-proof look.

Available at HarveyNichols.com

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