When worn well, nude lipstick can enhance your natural features and make you look effortlessly polished. With a breadth of brands now catering for Asian skin tones, it is easier than ever to find your ideal match. When shopping for the perfect nude — make-up artists suggest going for what you are drawn to. Pay attention to your natural lip shade too. Some lips are pale, while others are heavily pigmented — applying a nude that is too light can clash with your complexion. We tested a batch of nude lipsticks on fair, medium and deep Asian skin tones. We were looking for formulas that were comfortable, durable and more importantly, shades that were flattering on a variety of complexions. Here are our top picks. You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice.
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I was watching one of my favourite YouTubers yesterday and as she was getting ready, she applied some nude lipstick that left me cringing. If anything, I found that it left her looking ashy. I immediately thought of those days, as kids, when we would lick our lips until they were grey! Our Caucasian sisters seem to have it in the bag when it comes to nude lipsticks. Most of them just have to go for light pink shades that easily blend in with their natural lip colour. For us dark skinned girls, the challenge of finding the right nude lipstick still remains. This is inspite of make-up brands coming out with what they promise to be the perfect nude lipstick. I, for one, prefer to use a brown lip liner to which I add lip balm because the liner alone can be quite dry. Below are tips to help you the next time you go out to buy a nude lipstick.
The expert guide.
We rounded up the best natural beauty enhancing shades, with a bonus: Most are available at drugstores. Or, you know, you can buy them online and have them shipped to you—that is, if you like getting nudes in the mail. Wink, wink.
Finding the perfect nude lipstick for your skin tone is like trying to find your perfect match on a dating app: really freaking difficult. And that, TBH, is even better than true love. This creamy nude lipstick from Dior is equal parts pigmented and hydrating thanks to the moisturizing mango butter in the formula. For a truly nude look, opt for this matte lipstick from Milani, which leaves lips with soft and subtle coverage peach coverage. This nude formula is kinda the best of both worlds—you get the color payoff of a super-rich lipstick with the shiny finish of a lip gloss. The warm peachy-beige shade looks ridiculously flattering against medium skin tones. Looking for a nude lipstick that truly blends into your natural lip color? Try this creamy shade from Too Faced—a single swipe leaves your lips with subtle coverage, but you can definitely layer it on for a bolder look.