When it comes to everyday wear, lipstick isn’t always a top priority. With the effort it takes to keep the colour within the lines of your lips, and the constant wearing off and reapplication after meals, sometimes it’s easier to just settle for a tinted lip balm or a gloss. Where office-appropriate makeup is concerned, most of us keep things simple. A little concealer, some eyeliner, and ta-dah!

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself occasionally glancing wistfully at the gorgeous lipsticks on the makeup counters and in Sephora, wishing you had more use for them. I am proud to say I have discovered a happy medium in nude lipsticks! It requires less precision to apply (smudges are less obvious), and comes in such a massive range of colours and finishes that you’ll have no problem finding the perfect one for you.

Of course, when it comes to picking a nude lippie, the best option is to go with something close to your natural lip colour, or slightly darker. A shade that’s too light will leave you looking pale and washed out. Something with a pink or peach tone to it might work depending on your skin undertone.

#1 Mac Lipstick in Kinda Sexy, $31

This matte lipstick has a pinkish colour to it and is great for warmer skin tones. The colour is buildable and holds up well throughout the day. It has a creamy texture that glides on effortlessly. Just be sure to exfoliate and moisturise before using it for a perfect finish!

#2 Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Lip Gel in Moody Margot, $42

A little more sheer than the rest, this nude shade by Marc Jacobs Beauty has a subtle shimmer. The formula is amazingly moisturising and doesn’t feather or settle into lip lines. This brownish nude shade works best if you already have a darker natural lip colour.

#3 3CE Lip Color in Daily Lady, $24

For the fairest of you, this lipstick by 3CE is a cool pinky beige shade that looks soft and fresh, perfect for that Korean beauty-inspired pout. The texture is light and creamy, making it really easy to apply with a natural-looking finish.

Still trying to figure out which lipsticks work well with your skin tone? Take a look at the 7 best lip balms and lipsticks for any skin tone.