How To Pick The Perfect Nude Lipstick For Your Skin Tone

Finding the perfect nude lipstick is usually high on the bucket list of every beauty junkie. Here are some foolproof ways to cross it off yours!

Nudes can be especially tricky because a nude to one person is not a nude to another. Be it preference or skin tone, finding that perfect nude shade is a very personal thing. Nudes can be anything from pink to peach to brown—it all depends on what you hope to get from your lipstick.

Fair Skin

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If you have a very fair skin tone, burn easily and maybe even have some freckles, the goal of a nude lipstick is to find something that doesn’t wash you out.

Peachy: MAC’s Freckletone is a luster finish that is described by MAC as a ‘neutral peach.’ The finish is glossy, therefore making it comfortable to wear. Although it is neutral, the peach undertone will make a great contrast to your skin.

Pinky: Maybelline’s Color Whisper Petal Rebel is the perfect purse lipstick. It is quite sheer, so you can easily grab for it without worrying about a messy application. It will give your lips a hint of pink and make them look nice and juicy because of it’s glossy finish.

True Nude: Kate Moss released a great collection of lipsticks with Rimmel, including a nude line. Number 40 is a true nude that is not for the faint of heart. This is a ‘nude nude,’ but if you are wearing a really bold eye, this is a great way to show it off even more.

Light Skin

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If your skin is light but not fair,your goal is to find something that will look polished yet not chalky.

Peachy: MAC’s Peachstock is described as a warm-toned peach beige. If you have a warm skin tone, this is going to make you glow! It has a satin finish, so although it is light in color, it will not look dry on your lips.

Pinky: Okay, this is a pricey one, but Tom Ford’s Pink Dusk is the only lipstick you will need! The shade is perfect. Worth it? This line of lipsticks also has numerous oils and moisturizing ingredients.

True Nude: To offset the price of the above, this next one is affordable and amazing! Wet ‘n Wild’s Megalast Lipstick in Bare it All. This is my go-to lipstick line when friends ask me for drugstore suggestions. The color is nude enough to complement your skin, but not so much that it will blend in.

Medium/Tan Skin

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Having a medium/tan skin tone can make it hard to find something that doesn’t look to pale and ashy on your lips. When your skin tone leans to the deeper tones, a lot of nude shades can end up too pale.

Peachy: MAC’s Kinda Sexy is a good choice. Apparently MAC does peachy well because it is my top pick for all the peach categories so far! I’ve been searching for so long to find a nude-peach that I can wear without a lip liner and this is it. It also makes me feel like I have JLO glow with it’s warm peachy undertone.

Pinky: LA Girl’s Flat Matte Velvet Lipstick in Snuggle is a beautiful pinky nude that leans slightly mauve. The formula on this is fabulous; it has little to no shine, glides on and has great lasting power! I also love that the tube indicates the color inside—all beauty junkies can relate to that ease of use.

True Nude: Maybelline’s The Buffs Lipstick in Truffle Tease really impressed me. In fact, I was so impressed when this collection came out because it really covered nudes for all skin tones. This has just enough of a brown-beige hue without it looking like concealer on your lips.

Deep Skin

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When you have a very deep skin tone, you may need to think out of the box when it comes to nudes. Some lines do a great job covering all of their bases, but it is important to keep in mind that you will sometimes have to look through the whole line to find a nude for you, not just those first couple of light shades.

Peachy: L’Oreal’s Privee Collection in Eva’s Nude is a good starting point. Although Eva Longoria’s line does not have a deep skin tone, it has enough deepness and peach tones to be wearable. A lip liner may be required depending on the deepness of your skin.

Pinky: MAC’s Twig is a super and trendy rosy brown. Although it is on trend, I don’t think this shade will go out of style or become unwearable any time soon. Rosy browns have technically been around for ever, but a certain girl from a certain famous family just brought it into the spotlight.

True Nude: Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Molasses is a top choice. First of all, Bite Beauty uses all food grade ingredients. Described as a ‘rich toffee, it is exactly that with a great cream finish. With the brown undertones, I think this is a fun take on a classic nude.

The Power of the Lip Liner

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Lip liner changed my nude lip game. This can be said for any skin tone, any undertone and any lips. Lip liners can make completely unwearable lip colors wearable and even more beautiful.

Choosing a lip liner that is two or three shades deeper than you lip color will add a definition to your lips that will help the nude lip liner not to look too pale or unnatural on your lips.

Draw around your lip line, and then also the inner corners of your lips moving inward. When applying the nude lip color, start from the middle and work out. It is seriously lip magic.

My last piece of advice is a little clichéd. There are no rules! If you are fair and want to wear a nude from the deep skin section go for it, and vice versa. I encourage it. This is just general guide to get you thinking about what you personally want to rock on your lips. Comment below with your favorite nude lip!

 

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How To Find A Suitable Lipstick For Your Skin Tone

You can wear any lipstick color, but there are specific colors that makes us shine and pop. Find out here!

Who doesn’t love lipstick? The first lipsticks were made from readily available natural sources like fruit and plant juices. While these natural lipsticks are the healthiest, they don’t last very long.

This led to the need for a stronger—and longer-lasting—pigmentation. For example, Mesopotamian women ground precious gems and used the dust to give their lips an appealing glimmer. However, it was the Egyptians who made the most significant advancements in the manufacturing of lipstick.

Egyptian royalty, clergy, and aristocrats used several types of lipsticks, but some of them contained poisonous ingredients, such as nickel, that caused serious illness and even death. That is why many modern companies eventually stopped producing lipsticks that contained high levels of nickel.

Today, even though companies continue to improve the manufacturing of their lipsticks, the products still have some chemicals. In a response to this, we are returning to more natural and safer ingredients.

Having more options is great, but you also need to know which lipstick color suits you best based on your skin tone. While you can wear any color you like, some colors just suit us better. If you want to know more, keep reading.

Dark skin tone

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Women with this skin tone can rock white and yellows, and they’re lucky because their skin tone mostly stays the same year round. Golden beiges, dark fuchsias, browns and magentas all look fantastic with this skin tone. In particular, fuchsia adds a glow.

If you’re after a shade of red, I recommend sticking to cool, deep and orange shades of this vibrant color. For nudes, you can’t go wrong with a brown, chocolate or peachy brown while dark pink is your most flattering shade if you’re after a more girly color.

Tanned or olive skin tone

This skin tone is considered to be the ideal because you never need to use bronzer or worry about tanning. The most flattering colors for this skin tone are dark reds, magenta, dark pinks and dark oranges.

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When choosing a red lipstick, stick to those that are true reds or have a pink or cranberry base. For a nude lipstick, choose a taupe, warm brown or mauve brown. As for a pinks, any dark shade is a good choice, but hot pink will look especially fabulous on you.

Medium skin tone

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Having a medium skin tone means that you have the best of both worlds and can look for colors that are neither too dark nor too bright. You can rock mostly medium pinks, reds, corals and oranges.

You also have the widest choice of reds as all the shades suit you. However, I recommend intense reds or those with a hint of orange. For nudes, opt for a medium brown or peach.

Finally, medium and rosy pinks are good choices for this skin tone.

Light skin tone

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Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can wear any color if you have a light skin tone. While it’s true that pastels and warm colors look great on you, beige, light pink, golden brown and light peach look just as good.

Keep to coral reds or those with orange undertones while light nude, beige or nudes are your best choices for more natural colors. Light pink is another shade you should choose, but sandy, peachy and pale colors are just as good.

Lipstick is great for when we want to add a touch of color, but not too much makeup. It’s a cheap(er) and easy way to glam up an outfit when you can’t afford that new dress you really want.

Changing your shade of lipstick can also change your entire look.

If you’re after fuller lips—or at least the illusion of fuller lips—apply a lip gloss over the center of your lips. For the opposite effect, use a darker color. It’s amazing what you can do with lipsticks.

Let us know your favorite colors, textures and trips when applying makeup.

16 Must-Know Foundation Tips for Girls With Dark Skin

IF YOUR SKIN IS OILY……

Do stick with matte formulas to keep your skin from looking like an oil slick.

While oily skin is a pretty universal skin type among all women, dark-skinned girls who have it tend to also have enlarged pores, which can lead to extra oil production. Look for foundations that help soak up your skin’s natural oils, which releases blotting spheres that sop up excess oil and sweat. Use a pore-reducing product nightly to minimize pores’ appearance.

Don’t apply your foundation with your fingers, since it can transfer bacteria onto your face.

Women like to touch their faces a lot and if you have oily skin, this is a no-no. Instead, apply foundation with a synthetic brush. Pour a few drops of foundation in the center and buff it onto your face for a flawless finish. For extra oil-zapping coverage, first layer on a primer.

Do use blotting papers for touch-ups.

You don’t want to keep putting pressed powder onto your skin during the day, since that kind of product buildup can lead to breakouts. Blotting papers are the best way to lift oils off without putting any product back onto the skin.

Don’t use setting powders, which can leave layers of white on top of your skin.

When it comes to locking in your makeup, it’s best to stick with setting powders that match your skin tone. The best way to see if your setting powder has left an invisible layer of white on your skin? professionals suggest taking a selfie using the flash.

 

IF YOUR SKIN IS DRY……

Do exfoliate your face weekly in order to keep any dead skin cells from sitting on your face.

 

Having a buildup of dead skin cells can leave dark skin looking dull and ashy even after you apply foundation. You have to take care of your skin first if you want your foundation to look good. This includes washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing on a regular basis.

Don’t use matte foundations.

Matte foundations can make dry skin look even drier (read: ashy). Instead, go for creamier formulas that keep your skin looking dewy and fresh.

Do apply your foundation with a clean, damp sponge.

Be sure to put on moisturizer before your foundation as well. This will help lock hydration into your skin.

Don’t sleep on cotton pillowcases.

The cotton fabric can suck your skin dry. You may already know this from wrapping your hair nightly, but silk fabric locks in moisture in your skin as well as your locks, making silk the better choice to sleep on. So, if you’ve been noticing your skin is drier than usual, swap your cotton pillowcase for a silk version.

 

IF YOU HAVE COMBINATION SKIN…..

Do find a formula that gives you your desired finish.

Always tell black women to think about the formula first and the color second. Whether it’s a stick, cream, or a powder, find one that suits your needs, since you might need a dewier or more matte finish based on how oily or dry your combination skin is.

Don’t skip SPF.

Luckily, we’re no longer in the dark ages of makeup and most brands have an SPF built into them that won’t leave your face looking an ashy mess.

Go lightweight when it comes to your formula.

With combination skin, you don’t need to turn to your foundation for hydration since you likely already have a good balance of oil on your face. And unless you have hyperpigmentation or blemishes to conceal, opt for a more sheer, lightweight foundation to even out your complexion. Use a tinted moisturizer or a CC cream, especially during the hot summer months, to give your skin a chance to breathe.

Don’t wear foundation all over your face if you don’t have to.

If you’re a dark-skinned woman with combination skin, chances are you’re dealing with oilier sections on your face (like the T-zone area) and dry patches in places like your cheeks. Confusing! Instead of applying foundation everywhere, a professional advises concentrating the foundation where you need it most and blending it out from there. You can also rely on double-duty foundations that act as both moisturizer and spot concealer.

IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMATIC SKIN

Do use foundations that contain acne-fighting ingredients.

Sometimes your breakouts are temporary, sometimes they’re hormonal. Whatever the cause of those zits may be, you can battle breakouts with a foundation that contains ingredients like salicylic acid.

Don’t pile tons of foundation on your face.

There’s really no need for you to wear layers of makeup on your face unless you’re a Real Housewife on TV or a celebrity on tour. So, even if you can throw shade as well as NeNe Leakes or body roll like Beyoncé, that doesn’t mean you need to wear as much makeup as they do on a daily basis.

If you’re trying to hide breakouts or hyperpigmentation, however, apply a sheer application of your foundation and then let your concealer do the rest of the work. Simply dab a stick concealer (they’re usually thicker) onto your problem spot and blend the formula into your skin using a slightly damp makeup sponge to help move the cover-up around.

Do avoid using foundations that contain bad-for-your-skin ingredients like mineral oil.

Those ingredients can clog pores and lead to even more breakouts. If you have problematic skin, you’re going to have to pay more attention to ingredients than other women when shopping for foundation. Opt for a sheer, buildable formula.

Don’t use dirty makeup brushes or sponges.

Bacteria = breakouts. Wash your makeup brushes and sponges after every use to avoid transferring bacteria from your makeup to your face and then back into makeup, especially if you’re using a cream foundation compact. Also, if you are using a cream compact, spritz it with an antibacterial spray that contains alcohol to kill any bacteria that may be on the surface.