Whether you’re balancing a seriously smoky eye, or simply working a low key daytime look, nude is the classic lipstick hue which is easy to wear, and once you’ve found your signature shade and finish, you’ll wear it again and again. No longer reserved to the concealer-esque blank out formulas of our youth, modern nude lipsticks are available in a range of shades and finishes, ranging from soft pink through to toffee tones in matte and gloss textures.
See our favourite nude lip colours below and browse the full range here.
The easiest of all lipstick formulas to wear, cream textured products require minimal prep and offer generally low maintenance wear – perfect it you’re a newbie to the lipstick scene. Ideal for dryer lips, Kevyn Aucoin’s Expert Lip Colour has a rich, silky texture which glides over the skin. Never settling into lines, the formula is enriched with wild mango fruit butter to moisturise skin. We love the true-to-bullet colour payoff and the long wearing formula which lasts on the lips, feeling comfortable all day.
When it comes to trending lip looks on Instagram, the matter, the better. Loved by makeup artists and made ever more popular by a certain member of the Kardashian klan, liquid matte lipsticks offer a fresh, modern finish and are easily used to create the illusion of a fuller pout. Offering high impact, bold colour they are the perfect choice for making a statement.
With liquid matte lipsticks, preparation is key. Be sure to exfoliate lips with a lip scrub beforehand and apply a touch of lip balm underneath to keep lips hydrated. LA Splash’s Forbidden Kiss VelvetMatte Liquid Lipstick in Latte is a light mocha nude which works well on warmer skin tones. Perfectly flat and matte, the formula is incredibly longwearing and will last for hours.
For the ultimate in low maintenance colour, look to the sheer simplicity of a gloss textured lipstick. Recently back in favour as the antidote to the popular bold, matte pout, modern formulas offer a flush of colour with a beautifully glossy finish that won’t stick to your hair. A far cry from the thick lipglosses of the early naughties, RMK’s Irresistible Glow Lips is a glossy balm in a tube with a light colour payoff. Hydrating on the lips, it’s the perfect handbag companion for effortless colour.