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

photo: Harper & Harley


Finding the perfect nude lipstick is much harder than it sounds! What exactly is your skin tone, do you have warm or cool undertones, is your lip-tone different from your skin tone?

There are so many questions to answer in the quest to find that elusive perfect nude. But once you do, it’s not an exaggeration to say that it will change your (makeup) life. It’s just as important as finding your perfect shade of foundation, or that mascara that doesn’t smudge, it will make morning makeup decisions much easier!

And the best part is, that with our tips the perfect nude is in reach!


1. Find your skin tone

Who knows what undertones you really have? Sure we’ve all got pink undertones after a session in the gym, and we all seem to have cool undertones when were freezing cold! But the real way to check whether you have blue undertones or warm, yellow undertones is to look at your wrists.

Although all wrist veins look blue if you take a moment to have a proper look you might notice that they actually have a greenish hue, which means you have warm undertones. If they look a true blue color then you have cool undertones. Now you know, it’s important to stick to a lipstick with the same undertones as your skin.

2. Find your lipstick undertones

Now you know what undertones your skin color has, you need to work out what undertones a lipstick has. To do this swipe a lipstick on the inside of your wrist. If it has cool undertones the lipstick will look bluer at the edges, and if not, the shade has warm undertones.

Now you know how to work out which nude is right for you, here’s some advice on which colors to go for based on your skin tone.

Very fair

Very fair skin has a translucent quality to it. Never go for the same shade as your skin tone, look for warm undertones and go for a shade or two darker than your skin tone to add color to your face.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Strip Available here

Rimmel London Kate Nudes in Forty Three Available Here.


A light pink color is the most flattering on fair skin, but remember to never go lighter than your natural lip tone.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink Available Here

MAC Nude Lipstick in Half-N-Half Available Here


Caramel shades work the best for olive skin with warm undertones, and pink shades work best for olive skin with cool undertones.

Nars Lipstick in Honolulu Honey Available Here

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in Deauville Available Here


Medium skin tones work best with pink tones, either lighter or darker. A kind of plum, brown, pink shade is what you should go for.

Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke Available Here

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in No.4 Available Here


Biscuity pinks look gorgeous on mocha skin tones, and caramel shades also work really well.

Laura Mercier Créme Smooth Lip Color in Biscotti Available Here

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anita – Antique Rose Available Here


For dark skin tones, a shade lighter is the most flattering, as well as glossy formulas. Pink shades also look beautiful on dark skin tones.

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 202 Milano Available Here

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in No.21 Nude Available Here 

Marc Jacobs New Nudes Lipstick in Role Play 110 – Dusty Rose Available Here.

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  • Chantel

    I love a nice nude lipstick. Great picks.

  • Cecil Vedemil

    I’m struggling to find a nude lipstick for myself and I’ve fallen in love with the Laura Mercier’s one. Thanks for the pics :)

    xx Cecile//

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