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Nude lipstick, a fundamental tool in any Parisian beauty bag, is chic, flattering, versatile and always on trend.
The right nude lipstick tone and texture can subtly elevate any make-up look, bringing natural-looking radiance to the complexion.
The perfect nude lipstick should bring a subtle, healthy-looking brightness to your face, and is ideal for drawing attention to a bold eye look or statement jewelry.
Nude lipstick comes in multiple tones, which can be more-or-less divided into warm and cool hues. By choosing a lipstick with the same tones as your natural skin type, you'll end up with the most flattering finish.
Your jewelry can tell you! Silver jewelry looks better on cool skin tones, which have blue and pink undertones, while gold pairs well with warm tones, highlighting the yellow and peach hues. Neutral skin tones also exist, and they look great with everything.
If you've identified your skin tone as cool, look for a nude lipstick with very slightly pink or blue undertones. For warm-toned skin, a lipstick with subtle yellow or gold undertones will look great. Neutral? The choice is yours!
Colors that work: We recommend Nuit & Jour #202 from the iconic L'Absolu Rouge lipstick collection by Lancôme, which emphasizes the natural color of the lips while providing a sheer, slightly pink nude lipstick finish.
Colors to avoid: With naturally fair skin, you don't want a lipstick 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.
Make-up inspiration: There's almost nothing that looks better with a nude lipstick than a seductive smoky eye. The Color Design 5 Pan Hypnôse palettes by Lancôme make creating your look super simple. For a really chic buildable smoky eye, our favorite pair with a nude lip is the Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette French Nude palette.
Colors that work: On olive complexions, gold-hued nude lipstick looks delicious, like L'Absolu Rouge in Café Parisien #295, which brings out the natural warmth of the skin. For medium but not olive-toned skin, peachy nudes are ideal. Try a matte effect with the new liquid lipstick Matte Shaker in Energy Peach.
Colors to avoid: As a general rule, avoid nude lipstick with yellow undertones which are less flattering on medium/olive complexions.
Make-up inspiration: Bring some sunshine to your make-up look and pair your nude lip with bright and happy sun-kissed color using a touch of shimmer to provide contrast. The Hypnôse Eyeshadow palette, for example, comes in a sizzling shade of Terre de Sienne #11 that's perfect for a pool-side party.
Colors that work: For a nude effect on deeper lips, try a gloss with a pink or gold shimmer to it depending on your skin tone. Bees Ness Girl #055 and Show me the Honey – Nude Peach#112 from the Juicy Shaker collection really pop on deeper skin shades, and Lancôme's L'Absolu Rouge lipstick in Henné #283 is also a favorite.
Colors to avoid: To avoid dulling your natural glow, avoid 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.
Make-up inspiration: Wearing nude lipstick means you can go to town when it comes to eye make-up colors. Why not try a daring shade of eyeliner like Amethyst, Gold or Turquoise from the Artliner liquid liner collection, which look fantastic against dark skin colors!
Matte nude lipstick has been all over social media for the last few years, and it looks like the trend is here to stay. 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 make-up 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.
Whether it's a creamy peach, a matte beige or a glossy gold, there are a multitude of possibilities when it comes to nude lipstick. The trick is all about finding the right shade that suits your skin tone. After that, it's up to you how creative you get!