The Quest For the Perfect Nude Lipstick

Nude Lipstick


In my freshman year of high school, I was a decade ahead of the ‘nude lip’ trend. My favorite lipstick was a gift-with-purchase frosty champagne number from my mom. An older girl in my science class told me she loved the color, so I took that as encouragement to liberally apply that stuff every day.

The matte golden hue didn’t do my light olive skin any favors, especially since I wore it with an otherwise naked face. I hadn’t figured out the most important rule of makeup: Light lip, dramatic eye; dramatic eye, light lip.

Bless my heart.

15 years later, finding a flattering nude lip color is still a challenge. They either wash me out completely, don’t complement my skin tone, or go on chalky.

After a lot of purchase trail-and-error, here are my current favorites!

Butter London Lippy Tinted Balm in Teddy Boy – Medium coverage rosy nude with subtle lipstick finish.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Park Avenue Princess – Radiant bronze nude with a little shine and lots of moisture.

Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Nude Beach – Hydrating creamy nude peach.

L’Oreal Collection Privee Perfect Nudes – Beautiful budget-friendly range of moisturizing nudes for every skin tone; I like ‘Julianne’s Nude.’

Too Faced Perfect Lips Liner in Neutral Nude – The perfect base for all the above.

{Forever 21 ‘Lipstick’ Makeup Bag, $6.90}

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  1. 9.26.15

    Honestly thank you for this post…I thought I was never going to be able to wear nude lipstick because I am so pale…Now I’m considering buying one in the future.

  2. 8.13.15
    Indi said:

    I’ve tried the TooFaced lipstick and the texture is amazing but the color doesn’t suite my skin tone! thank you for the other ideas! oh and this makeup bag looks gorgeous!

  3. 8.10.15

    I love that this is something you posted because the color of your lips is everything!

  4. 7.26.15

    I like lots of the subtle Mary Kay glosses for a nude look. They are as thick and sticky as clinique which I do also use. PS…I don’t sell MK:)

  5. 7.26.15

    Recently I have been loving nude lips as well. I recently bought the Tarte park ave princess and I love it!

  6. 7.21.15

    i love your blog!! it’s inspiring :) do you mind taking a look at mine? thanks!

  7. 7.21.15

    Nude lips work perfectly especially for work.They just create that natural look and are just perfect for make up beginners too.It takes a bold someone to experiment with make up .

  8. 7.21.15

    Try NYX products! I’m in a craze over their Matte lipsticks and lip liners! Ulta usually has bogo 1/2 off of them PLUS you can use thier coupons towards them!

  9. 7.18.15
    Carolina E. said:

    Have to try the nude color out ,thanks for info!!

  10. 7.18.15
    fbigred said:

    I’ve always had the worst time trying to find a nude lipstick to go with my ghostly complexion, thank you so much for the links, I will have to try them out!

  11. 7.17.15

    I love the Park Ave princess :)

  12. 7.17.15

    Oh man! I totally feel your pain when it comes to finding the right nude shade. I typically need a shade with at least a little pink- otherwise I look sick. Clinique “Sweet Honey” has been my favorite for years, but I also just discovered Marc Jacobs “Eat Cake” and I’m in love.

    Love your picks!

  13. 7.17.15

    I love the Tarte one! It is definitely on my list of things to get! Great post!

  14. 7.17.15

    Yay! Thanks for this :D Nude lipsticks are my absolute favourite! I am so terrible with all the beauty, makeup, girl stuff… So a helping hand is always appreciated!!! I have been using a Rimmel one that I like quite a lot but I will definitely be checking out the ones you have recommended :)

  15. 7.16.15
    Catherine said:

    Nice post! My skin is so pasty white that it’s really difficult to find a great nude shade. I’m going to check out the Two Faced! Lately my nude of choice has been chapstick….I actually had a couple of glosses in my post today–about my naked face!

  16. 7.16.15
    ayshaaacx said:

    hey check out my blog

  17. 7.16.15
    DymondM said:

    I hate that I can’t find a “nude” lip color because there aren’t many brown or darker toned lip colors geared towards WOCs. :/

  18. 7.16.15

    You can’t go wrong with a nude color! I nominated you for an award here!

  19. 7.16.15
    tessgalen said:

    Wearing Butter London Teddy Boy right now! It’s my new favorite everyday color!

  20. 7.16.15

    definitely trying out some of these. i love the nude lip look.

  21. 7.16.15

    Oooo I love all of these! Great post!

  22. 7.16.15
    Josephine said:

    The perfect nude is really one of the hardest struggles!

  23. 7.16.15

    I have been on the hunt for the perfect nude!!! This post is exactly what I needed!

  24. 7.16.15

    I love the Too Faced lip cream as well! Nude lips are always a good idea but complimenting them with the rest of your makeup is a must!


  25. 7.16.15
    cynvoy said:

    I have olive skin too and struggle with this. Can’t wait to try the L’Oreal!

  26. 7.16.15

    Lovely! These are gorgeous products – great post!

  27. 7.16.15
    Liz said:

    I can never have too many nude lip products. Excellent spread!

  28. 7.16.15

    so will have to try these out

  29. 7.16.15

    Love a good nude! Looking forward to trying Tarte’s! The world needs to know the dos and don’ts of nude as it is a tricky color…next post idea perhaps :)

    • 7.16.15

      I love that! Have you tried the new rimmel Kate moss nudes there amazing!!x

      • 7.16.15

        I haven’t! I really like Rimmel’s lipsticks; they make one of my all-time favorite reds. I’ll check them out!

    • 7.16.15

      Good idea! I’ll work on it.

  30. 7.16.15

    I love a good nude lip! I have been wearing Revlon super Lustrous in Primrose – its pinky but wears like a nude. You might want to try it if you are looking for a drugstore cheapie!

    • 7.16.15

      I love that! Have you tried the new rimmel Kate moss nudes! There amazing xx

  31. 7.16.15
    Hillary said:

    I absolutely love all of it! I almost purchased that makeup bag the other day… I mayyyyyy have to run over to the mall at lunchtime! (It’s bad…. it’s about a quarter 1/2 a mile from my office!!) -H