Next to the red lip; the nude or neutral lip is the next best thing. You can wear it day or night; dressed up or casually. But the problem many women of color face is finding the right nude–especially women with deep to bronze skin. Nudes are seen as too light when applied or too matchy. This can cause you to look either sickly or clownish.
To combat this issue, you have to find nudes that complement your skin tone and undertone–not match it! You want your lips to stand out, not blend in!
Below is a chart to help you find the perfect nude all your skin tone and undertone!
If your skintone is within the range of medium to tan:
- and has a warm undertones like Halle Berry, find a nude that has warm beige, caramel, or peach colors. Medium skin can fall into the matchy-matchy nude zone. We want your lips to make a statement; not blend into your skin. Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in Bahama Beige($5.99) is a creamy, warm beige brown.
- and has a cool undertone similar to Rosario Dawson, choose colors that have a rosy pink shade to them. Similar to the warm undertones, don’t be tempted to choose a nude that completely matches your skin. Paula’s Choice Sheer Cream Lipstick In the Nude ($11.00) is a nude rose that glides on sheer for a everyday-to-night look.
Now onto the dark to deep skin tones (like myself!):
- If your skintone is similar to Gabby Union’s with warm undertones, warm deep chocolate browns look absolutely wonderful on us. Think dark chocolate melting… like KA’OIR’s Lipstick in Choco Latte ($17.99).
- If your skintone is closer to Alek Wek’s has a cooler undertone, follows the rules of finding chocolate-like browns but more on the cooler side. Dusty, bluish browns work better for you. NYX Matte Lipstick in Maison ($6.00) is a great example of this.
Hint: use a lip liner for a more defined lip.