Natural-Looking Lipsticks for Nude Lips

The idea may seem like a sleep-fest to some, but a simple nude lip colour can make an amazing makeup look. Nude lipsticks are perfect for everyday wear, as they can be worn with any makeup, including a simple, clean look or a smokey eye.

We got the scoop from fellow women of colour on their holy-grail favourite colours to help us get closer to finding a nude lip colour that doesn’t make our faces look like we ate a doughnut. Natural-looking lipsticks are essential for any makeup collection.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Rev Lipstick in Pillow Talk

“Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick can be used for any skin type. It is neutral in color and works well with almost all skin tones. The matte finish of this lipstick and the 3D pigments will make your lips appear naturally plumper and fuller. This lipstick is incredibly smooth on the lips and has a velvety texture. It lasts for a long time and keeps my lips hydrated. It is not a traditional color, but it has a warm, rosy tones.” Sahar K.

The skin tone is Olive with cooler undertones.

“Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk has a little bit of a cult following here in the U.K. It is a pinkish matte that doesn’t dry my lips and gives them a fuller appearance.” It’s the only thing that works for me.” Niusha O.

Skin Tone: Light to medium with warm Undertones

MAC Cosmetics Lustre Lipstick in Touch

I like to use this lipstick combined with MAC’s Lip Pencil in the shade Cherry. It has a satin finish, so my lips don’t dry out while I wear it. I also like to layer it under a gloss when I want it to be more dramatic. Martina I.

Skin colour: Espresso

The Lip Bar Vegan Liquid Matte Lipstick, Maneater

The Lip Bar’s Maneater lipstick is a deep taupe liquid lipstick which goes well with neutral makeup. Its packaging is elegant, and the formula is very comfortable.” Courtney C.

Skin tone: Caramel

Prom Night: Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick Throwback

“This lipstick is perfect because it’s not drying, keeps my full lips moist, and is very close to my natural color.” — Valerie C.

Skin tone: Butter Pecan

MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick In Whirl

“Whirl is my favorite nude lip, when I want something that complements my skin tone and has a matte finish. It’s a light pink shade that is very fresh and looks great in spring and summer.” Morgan J.

Skin Tone: Caramel with yellow undertones

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Nude Undercover

“This lipstick is lightweight, long-lasting and non-drying. It’s almost like wearing no lipstick on my lips. It’s almost as if I have no lips at all.

Skin Tone: Medium with yellow undertones

CYO Lipstick and Liner Two Clever by Half in Rainmaker

“This lipstick is so convenient! It’s both a lipstick/liner in one so you can achieve a full-bodied look with minimal makeup. It applies silky smooth and keeps my lips moisturized without breaking the bank.” Arielle H.

Skin tone: Cafe au lait


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