These Are the Nude Lipsticks With the Biggest Shade Ranges

I’ll be honest: The term “nude lipstick” makes me shudder. It’s a phrase bandied about by the beauty industry as often as peptides and contour kits. But what does it mean? Well, if you looked at the shelves of the world’s biggest beauty brands, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just a synonym for “Caucasian.”

There are over 7.4 billion people in this world, and no two of us have the exact same skin tone. So if nude means what the Oxford English Dictionary says it does (“wearing no clothes; naked,” FYI), then nude is simply the colour of our bare skin, whatever shade that may be.

That’s exactly why I hate the term—so often it rules out anyone whose skin isn’t a slightly pinkish-beige shade. And no one should have to miss out. When you find the perfect shade for you, a nude lipstick has the power to boost your complexion, make teeth look whiter and give any look that final bit of polish.

But with so many brands wrongly classifying nude shades, finding a skin-tone lipstick that actually suits you is an absolute minefield. So I’m here to help. First, ignore the shade name on the packaging, and second, keep scrolling—today I’ll teach you how to choose a nude lipstick that suits you.

Best Nude Lipstick: Woman Wearing Nude Lipstick

So, how do you find the best nude lipstick for you?

It’s all about finding a shade that is a near match to your natural lip colour (or a shade or two darker). Anything too light runs the risk of making you look a bit washed out. Just like skin tones, no two lip colours are the same. Before purchasing, inspect your lips and look for shades in that sector of the spectrum. To help you on your way, I’ve pulled together the lipsticks that have the biggest nude shade ranges. May you find your ultimate match here.

BareMinerals BareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick
BareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick $18

Number of nude shades: 10

These creamy lipsticks have almost as much flattering shine as a gloss (but with better colour payoff).

By Terry By Terry Rouge Expert Click-Stick
By Terry Rouge Expert Click-Stick $25

Number of nude shades: 11

If precision is your problem when applying lipstick, this very clever clickable stick should help. The tip of the teardrop-shaped nib is designed to perfectly hug the outer edge of the lip, while the wider base will fill in the colour.

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte Tilbury K-I-S-S-I-N-G Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury K-I-S-S-I-N-G Lipstick $24

Number of nude shades: 6

Six shades might not seem like a lot, but if you take a look at Charlotte Tilbury’s useful skin tone guide, you’ll see each one of these lightweight lipsticks gives that elusive your-lips-but-better finish on any skin tone.

Hourglass Hourglass Lip Stylo
Hourglass Lip Stylo $26

Number of nude shades: 8

These chubby crayons are just as hydrating as your favourite lip balm, thanks to a potent blend of shea butter, jojoba and sunflower seed. They go on pretty sheer but stay put for surprisingly long.

Kat Von D Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick $17

Number of nude shades: 11

As so many have the propensity to make lips feel uncomfortably tight, liquid lipsticks are largely hit or miss. But Kat Von D’s sit nicely on that tipping point where you get the perfect matte finish without any of the dryness. The 11 nude shades are particularly far-reaching.

Kiko Cosmetics Kiko Cosmetics Smart Fusion Lipstick
Kiko Cosmetics Smart Fusion Lipstick $4

Number of nude shades: 13

Not only are Kiko’s long-lasting lipsticks supremely affordable, but there are also so many shades that cater to the darker end of the skin spectrum.

Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Lip Color $23

Number of nude shades: 10

These lipsticks offer the sturdiest of coverage in a semi-matte finish (i.e., there’s just enough lustre to give lips a flattering sheen). The shades come in pinky, peachy and coppery tones.

Which is your favourite nude lipstick? Come tell us on The British Beauty Line, our dedicated Facebook group where we talk about all things beauty.

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