What is nude? Well, it’s not a light brown. Not really. A nude lipstick is simply how the shade looks against your skin. To find the right hue, look at two things: skin tone (what you see on the surface) and skin undertone (warm, cool or neutral), says makeup artist Larry Yeo.
For warmer skin tones, like honey, choose a nude with a warmer undertone – one with a peachy or golden base; a pink-based nude makes you look ashy. If you have a cooler skin tone, enhance the natural tone of your lips with a rosy nude.
The perfect nude lipstick should give your lips a flush of colour and make you look fresh-faced. It should enhance your lips, not make them disappear into your face. And that nude could be anything from subtle pinks and delicate earth tones to a touch of burgundy, rosewood and taupe.
Finding the right nude lipstick for your skin tone can be like hitting the jackpot, but we’ve done all the legwork here so you can skip guessing and zoom in on the right nudes for your skin tone, from fair to deep.
All you need to do is match the underside of your wrist to the shades here (we’ve used the Pantone colour chart to make it super easy), to see which nude lipsticks work for you.