Not as simple as it sounds, finding the perfect nude lipstick is a tricky task. Too light and you’ll look washed out, too dark and it defeats the purpose of being ‘barely there’. Below, a quick and easy guide to finding the perfect shade to accentuate your skin tone, no matter the occasion.
For a fair complexion:
Try something with a peach or pink undertone. A good guideline is to look at the inside of your bottom lip or your nipple, then try to find something similar in color. Never go for a shade that matches your lip color exactly – always go one shade darker so that your lips don’t completely disappear.
Our pick: Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Angel R455
For a medium complexion:
As with fairer complexions, opt for peach and pink undertones, but go slightly darker (think caramel) to bring out the warmth even more.
Our pick: MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Mull It Over R260
For an olive complexion:
Deeper tones with a brown or mocha undertone will be the best pick for you, as something leaning more towards pink will wash out and neutralize your green undertone.
Our pick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color in Emotive R645
For a dark complexion:
Think darker berry undertones rather than pink. Darker skin tones are spoilt for choice, so you can pull off most nudes with red, orange and brown undertones as these will still add warmth, whereas pink undertones could make you look a little dull.
Our pick: Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in Rosewood R715