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How To Find The Perfect Nude Lipstick That Matches Your Skin Colour

Nude lips are the perfect accessory for career girls. Wear them at work with just a hint of make-up and you look professional and chic. Pair it with a smoky eye, and you’re glam and ready for a fun night out after a long day’s work.

But finding the perfect nude lipstick for your skin tone is tricky. Go too light, and you resemble a zombie. Too dark, and your lips look muddy. The key is to choose a shade that complements your undertone. Don’t know what yours is? Look at your veins. If they look green, choose warmer tones, such as peachy pinks and browns. If they appear blue, opt for cooler hues, like pinks. Can’t tell? You’re likely neutral toned, and almost every colour will suit you.


So easy? Not really. There are a few more things you need to know to pick the perfect nude lipstick for your skin colour. Here’s a quick guide to help you:

#1. Porcelain skin

If you have milky, porcelain skin, stay away from beige colors. They’ll make you look sick and washed out. Instead, opt for a sheer and soft pink shade, like Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink. It’s the perfect “my-lips-but-better” shade.

#2. Fair skin with warm undertones

You can go either pink or beige. Or better yet, opt for a pinkish beige hue, like Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude. Pigmented and shiny, it’ll warm up your complexion, making you look radiant and healthy.

#3. Medium skintone

Peachy-toned hues work best for medium skintones. They add some warmth to the complexion, and prevent you from looking like a zombie. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Raquel fits the bill perfectly.

#4. Olive skin with warm undertones

Choose a caramel-toned shade that’s just slightly darker than your skin colour. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Satisfaction is perfect. One swipe and you’re good to go.

#5. Olive skin with cool undertones

Look for a sheer, pink-based hue, like Dior Addict Lipstick in Tulle 214. It enhances the natural colour of your skintone, and gives you a healthy glow.

#6. Dark skin

Opt for a sheer chocolate brown with a shimmery or glossy finish. MAC Lipstick in Touch is a popular choice. It brightens the face and looks very natural.

What’s your favourite nude lipstick?

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Giorgia is a freelance writer and blogger living in London, UK. She's passionate about beauty, personal development, and empowering women to be the best they can be, both inside and out.


  1. ma-luxe says

    Isn’t it crazy how subtle a difference in the perfect nude can be?

    Love these helpful tips! Going to go check out the Dior Addict lipstick now for my olive skintone :)

  2. Jasmine Harding says

    This was such a good post to read! Super duper helpful, I love a nude lipstick and am definitely going to check out Tom Ford Blushing Nude!

    Jasmine |

    • Giorgia Guazzarotti says

      Jasmine, so glad you find it useful! I’m sure you’ll love that lipstick, it is really pretty.

  3. Taylyn says

    Super useful! I’ve been looking for the right nude for me for the longest time. This guide helps, especially since I was considering a MAC color. :)

    only for the sweetest. xx

    • Giorgia Guazzarotti says

      Ailyn, try finding a lipstick that matches your skin colour. You’ll see what a difference it makes!

  4. H. M. Willow says

    Thank you so much for posting about this! It was so helpful!!! xoxo, Haley

  5. Diana says

    And for Chinese/Oriental skin, what category do I fall under? Currently searching for the perfect nude and looks like I’m just about one step closer with this article.

    Diana xx |

    • Giorgia Guazzarotti says

      Diana, try a sheer, warm, pink-based nude, like MAC Cremesheen in Modesty.

  6. Debi Shaw says

    Wish there were some drugstore lipsticks in this mix…my budget is way too tight for these name brands. I am a blue-undertone porcelain…

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