A swipe of nude lipstick is arguably one of the quickest ways to look slightly more put together. When done right, nude lipsticks offer that your-lips-but-better look that appears entirely natural (just slightly enhanced). However, if you choose a shade that’s too dark, too light or the wrong undertone, you can end up looking washed out (or like a zombie). I rounded up six of the best nude lipsticks in every finish and for all budgets.
This is one of my favorite nude lip colors. It has the look of a blotted down, almost stain like lipstick, but feels like a balm. While it’s more opaque than some of the other lipsticks on the list, it makes you look (and feel!) more put together without feeling over-the-top.
I’ve talked about this lipstick approximately one million times, but for good reason. Of all the lipsticks on the list, Very Victoria is my go-to, my-lips-but-better shade. It’s a soft, medium-dark rosy brown with subtle, warm-to-neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. I tend to wear it slightly more on the sheer side, but it can be applied so it’s opaque. It lasts for about four hours for me before I end up needing a touch-up, but I haven’t found it to be clingy or drying. It’s pricy but worth every penny IMO.
My friend and aesthetician Jennifer loves Chanel makeup. After showing me some of her eyeshadow palettes, I found myself doing some mindless online window shopping (you know, where you don’t really intend to purchase anything but you look anyway) and decided to mosey my way onto the Chanel website where I found this product and knew I needed to buy it. A few days later, I serendipitously found myself at a Nordstrom with a Chanel counter and decided that it was meant to be. Probably the least opaque of all the products on the list, this transforms into an oil once applied on the lips and offers just the faintest hint of pinkish-brown.
While I love the color of this lipstick, I find that it’s a little too opaque for me. To remedy that, I either a) blot it with a tissue after applying it or b) apply it with a lipstick brush or my finger for a more diffused look. Either of those methods gives me more of the look that I’m going for (which is my lips but better). Unfortunate side note: this lipstick smells absolutely disgusting. Do you remember the lipsticks you would play with as a child? It’s like that—or like it came from Dollar General. It’s pretty, I like the color and I appreciate the modern, avant-garde packaging, but I’m pretty certain that it probably contains lead or asbestos or something.
This was one of the first lip colors that I ever started wearing regularly. The matte formula is buildable, but upon first swipe, it’s like “am I wearing lipstick or was I born like this?” They’ll never know! I’m not a huge fan of the scent (if you haven’t figured out by now, I am really sensitive to smells), but I can tolerate this because the formula is so good.
The least expensive product on the list, this lipstick can hold it’s own amongst the boujier, more glamorous products. A matte, warm pink-y brown nude, this product offers insane pigmentation with just one swipe. It’s matte, but still feels comfortable on the lips due to moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and Vitamin E.
Finding the perfect nude lipstick is hard—but it doesn’t have to be! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, or if you have any other go-to’s that I didn’t include on my list.