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The Best Lancôme Nude Lipstick Shades for Every Skin Tone

Woman applying pink nude lip color with a nude lipstick

The right nude lipstick shade and texture can subtly elevate any makeup look, bringing natural-looking radiance to the complexion.

The Benefits of Nude Lipstick

The perfect nude lip can amplify any look. Whether you’re going for a subtle yet chic finish that is sure to amplify a bold lash or eye shadow look, bring together a minimal no-makeup-makeup look, or add the perfect touch of soft glam for a night out, finding your perfect nude lipstick can be a true game changer.

Nude Lipstick: Warm vs. Cool Tones

Nude lipstick comes in multiple tones, which can be more-or-less categorized into warm and cool hues. By choosing a lipstick shade with the same tones as your natural skin type, you'll end up with the most flattering finish.

How to Tell If You Have a Cool or Warm Undertone

Your jewelry can tell you! Silver jewelry looks better on cool skin tones, which have blue and pink undertones. Your veins may appear blue with this undertone. Gold pairs well with warm tones, highlighting the yellow and peach hues. With a warm undertone, your veins may appear green. Neutral undertones also exist — they look great wearing with both silver and gold jewelry.

If you've identified your undertone as cool, look for a nude lipstick with very slightly pink or blue undertones. For warm undertones, a lipstick with subtle yellow or gold undertones will look great. The choice is yours!

Cool Pinky Nude Lipstick worn on a pale porcelain light skin tone

Nude Lipstick Shades for Fair Skin Tones

Lip Colors that work: We recommend 253 Mademoiselle Amanda from our L'Absolu Rouge lipstick collection — it’s a cool pinky nude shade, which emphasizes the natural color of the lips while providing a slightly pink-nude lipstick finish.

Lip Colors to avoid: With naturally fair skin, you don't want a lipstick color that will wash you out. If the shade is too close to white, or has hues of brown in it, you risk draining the energy from your face.

Makeup inspiration: Go sensual and pair a nude lipstick with a seductive smokey eye. The Hypnôse 5-Color Eyeshadow Palettes make creating your look super simple. For a classic, neutral smokey eye look, pair a nude lip color with shades from the Hypnôse 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Sculptural or French Nude.

Natural Looking Nude Lipstick in a cream finish worn on a Medium Skin Tone

Nude Lipstick Shades for Medium to Olive Skin Tones

Lip Colors that work: On olive complexions, gold-hued nude lipstick looks delicious, like Lancôme's L'Absolu Rouge Cream Lipstick in 546 But First Cafe, which brings out the natural warmth of the skin. For medium but not olive-toned skin, peachy nudes are ideal.

Lip Colors to avoid: As a general rule, avoid nude lipstick shades with yellow undertones which are less flattering on medium/olive complexions.

Makeup inspiration: Bring some sunshine to your makeup look and pair your nude lip with bright and happy sun-kissed color, like our Color Design Eyeshadow in Kitten Heel that features a touch of shimmer to provide contrast.

Natural Looking Nude Lipstick in a cream finish worn on a Dark Skin Tone

Nude Lipstick Shades for Deep Skin Tones

Lip Colors that work: With deep and dark skin tones, try a nude lipstick shade with a pink or gold hue, depending on your skin tone. L'Absolu Rouge Drama Matte Lipstick in 230 Unleash the Drama is a favorite.

Lip Colors to avoid: To avoid dulling your natural glow, avoid nude lipstick colors that are too light for your skin tone. If in doubt about whether the color suits you, swipe the lipstick over the skin on your inner wrist to get an idea as to how the color will appear on your lips.

Makeup inspiration: Wearing a neutral nude lipstick means you can get as creative as you like with your eye makeup colors. Try playing around with a graphic liner look or a color clash with green eyeliner. A bold eyeliner shade can look stunning on dark skin colors.

Texture Is Important

Matte nude lipstick is a trend that’s become an instant classic. Glossy nudes are perfect for a summery beach vibe that looks like you've just walked out of the waves, while sheer nudes are our go-to for an everyday makeup look, and cream-textured nudes are wonderful for dinners and cocktail parties where the light can play off the different contours of your lips, giving a voluptuous pout.

New Nude Shades! L'Absolu Rouge Intimatte Lipstick is now available in 8 new, universally flattering nude shades – Find your favorite shade now with our Virtual Makeup Try-On Tool.

Whether it's a creamy peach, a matte beige or a glossy gold, there are a multitude of possibilities when it comes to nude lipsticks. The trick is all about finding the right shade that suits your skin tone. And once you’ve nailed that, the rest is for you to explore!

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