Whilst a bright red lip can be pared with dewy skin and a gorgeous winged liner, it’s not the best option of choice when you’re wearing a deep and dark smoky eyeshadow (it can sometimes look a bit over powering) or if you’re experimenting with colour on the eyes (purple eyeshadow or an electric blue liner) for those times when you’re wanting to divert attention to the eyes, or simply want a basic everyday makeup look, a nude lipstick is generally the go to for adding a little colour to your lips without over powering your face.
Picking the perfect nude lipstick requires more effort than selecting a red or bright pink as undertones, intensity and pigmentation can play a huge factor in determining how the colour looks against your skin.
When shopping for nude lipstick, make sure your lips are completely free of colour, and if possible make it that you are not wearing any makeup, this allows you to visualize the colour against your natural skintone without the interference of bronzers, blushers, and foundation.
With no makeup on, examine the inside of your lip by popping your bottom lip down and making a sad face, the inside colour of your lip will help you to see what the most flattering nude colour will be on your skintone.
Lighter skintones should opt for a shade that has a pink tone.
Medium skin go for something more beige and yellow based
Darker skin looks best something that is a rich, dark, mocha style brown similar to the natural lip shade.
When picking your perfect nude lipstick, if it isn’t possible to hygienically test it on your lips, swatch the lipstick on your fingertip, hold it up to your mouth and smile. The texture of your fingertips is similar in both colour and texture to your lips and will give an indication to how the colour will appear based on your lips pigmentation.