How To Find Your Perfect Nude Lipstick

Your quest for the perfect neutral just got easier.


Everybody needs a perfect, go-to nude lipstick. And, with beauty trends focused on skincare, glowy-ness, and natural-looking makeup routines, the perfect nude is more vital and elusive than ever (we’re talking about lipstick here… weirdo.) 

Now, we all know there are tons of different skin tones and undertones, so of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all nude lip color. Because of all the options available, it’s hard to know if your nude is doing you justice. Fear not, bestie! We’re here to help you find your perfect match.

First things first: if you haven’t tried the old nipple trick (yes-- you read that right,) it’s worth a shot to see if the nude you’ve been using is right for you. The goal is to get a lipstick that’s as close to the same color as your nipple as possible. It sounds weird, but it works.

Now, nip slips in Sephora are usually frowned upon, so if you’re in the store, a great way to narrow down the right color is to take a tester and try it on your hand to see how it goes with your skin tone. It sounds simple, but it’s important to see your skin’s undertones with the lipstick when it’s actually out of the tube. 

Beyond that, you’ve just gotta dive in and start trying some out. Here are some of our all-time favorite nude lipsticks for different skin tones:

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

For lighter skin, light pink undertones are key to keeping you looking fresh and not like… well, a corpse. Our pick is NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. It’s a nice matte finish that goes on super smoothly. (And, not for nothing-- it also smells amazing.) We love the color, Cannes

Shop it here for $6.50


Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Cream Gloss in Mudslide

Those with lighter skin (or with any skin tone who just love a little shine) can benefit from extra dimension added to their lip color. Layer a dab of lip gloss on your matte nude lip of choice. We love Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Cream Gloss, because it adds sheen and a little plumping, which never hurt anybody. Mudslide is a perfect layer on top of your pinky nude lipstick.

Shop it here for $21.


MAC Matte Lipstick in Taupe

For those with olive skin,  MAC Cosmetics makeup artist, Abby Sparks, told Stylecaster you should “choose a shade darker than your skin, with caramel (for those with warm undertones) or pink (for cool undertones).” MAC matte lipstick is soft and creamy, and the Taupe shade is *chef kiss.*

Shop it here for $19.


Glossier Generation G in Leo


Glossier is kind of the queen of barely-there-looking makeup, so of course, they’ve got a perfect nude lipstick. If you’ve got warmer brown skin, the Leo shade will give you some perfectly subtle peachiness while feeling like a lip balm.

Shop it here for $18.


Pat McGrath Mattetrance Lipstick in Venus in Furs


Pat McGrath’s Mattetrance Lipstick is the perfect pick for lightweight, but opaque color. For medium brown skin tones with cooler or more neutral undertones, we love Venus in Furs

Shop it here for $38.


ColourPop Lippie Stix in Brat Pack


If you haven’t tried ColourPop Lippie Stix yet, you probably don’t know the full capabilities of lipstick staying power. Seriously-- this lipstick is made to last. Celebrity makeup artist, Fiona Stiles, told Byrdie "For women of color, it's all about playing with highlights and shadows to build definition," So if you have darker skin, she recommends going with something a bit lighter than your actual skin tone that has a bit of sheen. Lippie Stix in Brat Pack is the perfect shade and has a creamy, light-catching finish. Plus, it’s got shea butter and Vitamin E to keep your lips healthy and soft.

Shop it here for $7

Indeed, there are many nude lipstick options to choose from for your beauty needs. But if you want to flip your upper lip, you may need a Botox Lip Flip on top of your favorite nude lipstick. Generally, a Botox lip flip refers to a non-invasive lip enhancement that uses Botox injections to relax the muscles of the upper lip to make it more defined and larger. Although Botox is known for treating wrinkles in the forehead, it can also be used for other cosmetic procedures.  

Aside from a perfect nude lipstick, a Botox lip flip can also be one of the best ways to improve the overall appearance of your lips. It shows less of your gums when you smile and makes your lips plumper. If you only want to experiment, a Botox lip flip can also be a good option because the result is temporary, which means it only lasts for more or less three to four months. 

Also, getting a lip flip doesn’t have to disrupt your daily activities. After the procedure, you can do all your normal activities without restrictions. All these things make a Botox lip flip one of the sought-after cosmetic procedures for women. 


Typically, women love to apply different makeup routines to enhance their appearance. In fact, wearing lipstick can improve your facial features and provide you with a better level of self-esteem. Therefore, if you want something to add to your overall look, using the perfect nude lipstick can be one of the excellent solutions. But if you’re looking to get the most out of your lipstick, a Botox lip flip can give you the plump lips you deserve. 

Hence, when looking for the right product, it’s important to know that the road to the perfect nude lip and lip flip isn’t always easy, but once you find your shade soulmate and provider, your pout will be forever perfected. Happy smooching!


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