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10 Of The Best Nude Lipsticks

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Words by Nateisha Scott

We know that not all nudes are created equal, but a nude lipstick is a beauty essential. Discover the best nude lipsticks for all skin tones. 

Of all the lipstick shades available, a nude lipstick is the most hard-working, frequently used and most-loved beauty product. No matter where you are with beauty, either minimal make-up or full coverage, we all love a fool-proof, effortless and elevated nude lipstick. However, easy in concept, not all nude lipsticks are created equal and because of the different finishes, shades, textures, and undertones, it can make finding the best nude lipstick difficult. But, taking away the hours of browsing, here are our 10 of the best nude lipsticks for all skin tones. 

Best Brown-Nude Lipstick

Uoma Beauty, Badass Icon Matte Lipstick in Nina

A range that is inspired by global legendary women such as Maya Angelou, Tina Turner, and Rosa Parks, the (vegan) Badass Icon Matte Lipstick in ‘Nina’ by Uoma is a true brown-nude that compliments all skin tones. The neutral undertone makes it perfectly universal while the infusion of carnauba wax helps to restore dry and chapped lips. A silky texture that glides on effortlessly and stays in place because of its mattifying power, it is one of the best bold brown-nudes for whenever the occasion calls for it.

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Best Balm, Sheer-Nude Lipstick

Armani, Ecstasy Balm Lipstick

Not all heroes wear capes, and not all nude lipsticks have to be formulated with a standout pigment. Armani’s Ecstasy balm lipstick is for the minimal make-up lovers who enjoy a fresh and rosy tint without committing to a vibrant nude. A feather-light nude tint that is beautifully enriched with natural oils to ensure long-lasting moisture. Non-sticky, it’s the long-lasting commitment you want with your lipstick without the dryness, or midday top-ups.

 

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Best Rose-Nude Lipstick

Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Petal

We call this ‘your lips but better’ shade because a rose lipstick creates the softest nude hue, regardless of skin tone. One of the best rose-nude lipsticks is Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Matte Lipstick in Petal – its blend of jojoba oil and velvety-smooth texture is balm-like in properties while the ultra-matte finish is packed with pigment. Top tip, dab onto the centre of your lips and kiss your lips together for a barely-there touch. 

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Best Beige-Nude Lipstick

Tom Ford Lipstick in Blush Nude

A cool toned, beige nude that is encased in the most iconic packaging, it must be Tom Ford’s Lipstick in Blush Nude. Not just legendary for its embossing at the tip of the bullet, the second-skin nude feels supple on the lips. Formulated with conditioning ingredients such as castor seed oil, shea butter and ceramides, it’s a cult classic for a reason.

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Mac Cosmetics

Best Nude Lipstick For Dark Skin

MAC Lustreglass Sheer-Shine Lipstick in Can’t Dull My Shine

MAC has understood the shade assignment for years now – its formulas have been considered the crème de la crème when comes to the best nude lipsticks for dark and deep-dark skin. The sheer, high-shine finish gives buildable coverage, but the real beauty in this lipstick is the warm caramel undertone that works seamlessly with dark skin tones without needing a lip liner to blend it all together. Better yet, the hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, coconut oil and raspberry seed oil give it the buttery soft glide-on application.

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Natasha Denona

Best Nude Lipstick For Deep-Dark Skin

Carolina Herrera Nude Couture Blur Matte Lipstick in Nude 744

Providing a solution to the best nude lipstick dilemma is the much needed and adored nude couture range – think pigment-packed palettes that speak to all undertones.  Sound good? The shade 744 is a winning brown-nude lipstick choice for deep-dark skin. Just like its punchy and deep pigment, it boasts a deeply hydrating and smoothing formula that is comfortable and long-lasting. Like a silk dress that you don’t want to take off, this one’s a keeper. 

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Best Nude Lipstick For Olive Skin

Clinique Dramatically Different Lipstick Shaping Colour In Canoodle

Knowing that warm brick undertones compliment olive skin tones, Clinique’s lipstick shaping colour in Canoodle is a beautiful nude fusion. A smart formulation that takes your lipstick one step further, this nude lipstick is finished with a 3D pearl centre, which is designed to sculpt, contour, and define your pout – talk about a 2-in-1. Also not falling short on its rich formula, this lipstick is colour and skincare all at once. 

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Best Nude Lipstick For Medium Skin

Nars Audacious Lipstick In Anita

Black lacquered casing, Nars brand embossing and the famous seductive shape, the Audacious lipstick in Anita is a sensational peach blend that compliments medium skin tones without washing you out. Speaking on the formula? The famous Audacious range is a soft matte meaning it glides on the lips like satin, with a cushioning formula that is finished with a flush of pigment, creating irresistible colour.  

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Best Nude Lipstick For Fair Skin

CHANEL Rouge Coco Flash Lipstick In 54 Boy

A classic pink nude lipstick steeped in heritage, CHANEL Rouge Coco Flash in 54 Boy (and not the cult handbag this time round) brings the best of both worlds. When it's first applied its transparent but as the hours pass it melts into an oil for the ultimate comfort, which is down to the hydraboost complex that contains mimosa, sunflower, and jojoba oils.  

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Best Nude Lipgloss For All Skin Tones

Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Lip Gloss

If you aren’t one for a bold statement, then a nude gloss such as Cle de Peau’s Radiant Lip Gloss in ‘Warm Crystal’ is subtle nod to a nude lip. The sheer tint of colour means it works beautifully with all skin tones. Creating a radiant veil, the pearlescent formula is equally hydrating as longwearing. It’ll fast become a make-up stash favourite.

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