January 22nd, 2014
Whether you’re working with a striking smoky eye or creating the perfect ‘no make-up’ look, a nude lipstick is a staple product which can be surprisingly difficult to get right. Everyone has their own ‘my lips but better’ shade, with different skin tones rendering supposedly nude shades too pale, too dark, too pink, too brown – finding the perfect match is no simple matter. To try and make the whole process easier, Warpaint has rounded up some of the best nudes on the market for you.
Hourglass has released a range of six flattering nude shades for their Femme Nude Lip Stylo. #4 Pink Beige (£22) is a great, universally flattering colour, and the range should yield at least one great find for your desired skin tone.
NARS Honolulu Honey (£18.50) is a favourite of bloggers and MUAs alike, and it’s little wonder why. One of their Satin lipsticks, the shade is described as the quintessential flesh-toned beige, and was named Best Lipstick for Medium to Dark Skin in the 2013 InStyle Best Beauty Buys
American brand Jouer’s Hydrating Lipstick in the shade Meg (£17.45), described as a creamy, honey pink, gives a lovely, subtle hint of pink, while conditioning the lips with its rich formula containing Brazil’s rich Cupuaçu Butter.
For a glossy, subtle hint of colour, Ellis Faas Milky Lips (£22) could be exactly what you’re looking for. Depending on skintone, try Nude Brown or Nude Pink, while the formula will be forgiving enough to suit most.
MAC has one of the best selections of nude shades going, and we think that Honeylove (£15) is a great colour for a nude-but-noticable look. A matte shade which would not detract from other aspects of the face, it isn’t trying to go too pale unlike some of the other shades, making it more wearable for darker skintones. Another perennial favourite is the aptly named Creme d’Nude.
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth lipstick in Angelic (£20) is a great nude with just enough pink and a smooth, creamy texture to avoid a dreaded chalky look on the lips. The formula also has a great staying time, without feathering or drying.
Bobbi Brown also has good offerings for either cooler or warmer tones. The best picks are Beige in the traditional Lip Color range (£19), or Bare Pink in the Rich Lip Color selection, for a natural, perfected lip colour.
Playing to their strengths, L’Oreal released a range of nude lipsticks last year to correspond with some of their beautiful spokesmodels, including Julianne Moore and Freida Pinto. With this range of famous faces, and more importantly skintones, Les Nudes Collection Privee (£8.19) is a great collection which has done the hard work for you – and for a very affordable price.
Announced just last week, Charlotte Tilbury has been busy mixing up the perfect flesh-beige tone, which she has called Bardot Beige (£16.50). This limited edition Lip Lustre is described as transporting you back to the hedonistic, swinging sixties when Brigitte was truly in her sultry, sassy prime. So if you’re after a glossy, lacquered nude look, you’re in luck.
A delightful nude shade comes in the form of The Lipstick Queen’s Hang Ten (£18), from the Endless Summer Collection. Surf-inspired, this nude gives an immediate hit of sunshine, is super nourishing and sleek, yet still sheer enough to wear every day.
Finally, another High Street favourite has a couple of offerings which will help you achieve great results for a fraction of the price of its high-end counterparts. The Rimmel Kate Lipstick in the shade 03 (£5.49) is a good nude which doesn’t lean too far towards pink or brown. In a demi-matte finish, it can be a great accompaniment to smoky eyes. For a glossier pout, try Nude Delight (£6.49) in the Moisture Surge range which looks fantastic against warmer-toned skin due to its darker, brown-tinged hue.