Tried and Tested Nude Lipsticks
Achieving the perfect nude lip is far trickier than finding the perfect red. It requires a lot of trial and error (more often than not error). The wrong nude lip can make you look waxy and washed out, or like an Italian weather presenter. Our tip is to avoid anything that is close to or lighter than your skin tone. Always go a shade darker and pinker. If that fails, there is always Lanolips gloss, the cheapest and most elegant way we’ve found to do glossy, natural lips.
By Petro and Laura
Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Adrienne £26
This is what I like to think of as a sheer nude. It’s almost not a colour, which means it’s super-flattering and easy to wear. I would add a note of caution, though: the lighter the shade the more flawless the rest of your make-up needs to be. Any sign of redness will be highlighted by it. But, overall, I love this colour on fair skin.
Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour and Primer in Blushing Pop £16
This is much darker and pinker than I would normally go for, but surprisingly I loved it. It really warmed up my complexion and, like all make-up should, it made me look like a better version of my everyday self. I think it’s particularly good with a tan, so perhaps reserve it for spring and summer.
Burberry Beauty Full Kisses in Nude Blush £24
This is the perfect shade of subtle chalky pink – think Brigitte Bardot in the 60s. It’s a silky and moisturising formula that comes in a chubby pen. The colour is perfection for the day, but if you apply more than one coat it may need a little blotting.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria £23
Named after Victoria Beckham, this lipstick will give you her signature nude pout. I love it day or evening when I’m doing a very bare eye, as it adds definition to my lips. It’s a slightly brown shade in a matt finish – stick to one coat as otherwise it loses its ‘nudeness’.