Choosing the Right Nude Lipstick for your Undertone

Nude lipsticks are a great way to add oomph to your everyday make-up routine, whether you decide to go natural or dramatic, wearing a nude lipstick will always look amazing!


If your goal is to find the right nude lipstick this article is for you. It's not complicated, all you need to do is determine the undertone of your skin, figure out what shade matches and go for the best match.



Determining the undertone of your skin


A quick way to determine your skin's undertone is by looking at the colour of your veins inside of your wrist, if your veins appear to be on the greenish side your undertone is warm. On the other hand, if your veins appear to be on the bluish side then your undertone is cool, if you find that your veins are neither green or blue but rather somewhat in between then that's an indication that you have a neutral undertone.



Another way to determine your skin's undertone is by understanding the type of jewelry that looks good against your skin, if you find that gold jewelry complements your complexion then you probably have a warm undertone, if silver jewelry complements your skin better then you probably have a cool undertone. Again, if you look great in both metals then your skin's undertone is probably neutral.



Once you've figured out the undertone of your skin it's now time to determine the best nude lipstick for your complexion. Below are a few tips to help you when choosing your perfect shade.


Choosing Your Lipstick Shade


Cool Undertone


If you have a cool undertone stick with rosy nudes, nude lipsticks with a pinker undertone will complement the natural pink and red tones in your skin without making you look too flushed. Pinker tones tend to enhance the natural colouring of your lips in an attractive way. Be sure to avoid pale beige lipstick if you have fair skin because it can make you look washed out. Below are colour suggestions in our Liquid Velvet Lipstick offering a matte, full coverage with long wear and no shine.



Descriptions from Left to Right:

Lean in - Medium blush nude pink

Flannel - Mid-tone smoky mauve pink

Beyond - Warm deep rose

Warm Undertone


If you have a warm undertone stick with peachy nudes, nude lipstick with a peach or even gold undertone looks great on warmer complexions because they complement the natural warmth of the skin, giving your complexion an attractive and beautiful "pick-me-up". Avoid nude lipstick with a brown undertone if you have fair skin because they can make your skin look drab. If your skin is deeper in tone a nude brown is okay. Below are colour suggestions in the Liquid Velvet Lipstick offering a matte, full coverage with long wear and no shine.


Descriptions from Left to Right:

Unbutton - Medium warm toasty tanned nude

Rum cake - Warm walnut brown

Neutral Undertone


If you have a combination of both cool and warm undertones, any shade of nude lipstick will probably look great. Just like jewelry you're more then likely to pull off any colour. Neutral beiges are a good choice because they allow your complexion to shine while giving you a pop of colour.


*Pro Tip


Try to stay away from pale or nude lipstick that match your skin exactly (gone are the days of mixing concealer with your lipstick). Instead, opt in for a nude lipstick that's at least one shade darker than your natural lip colour for a more natural and attractive finish.


Explore your options even further by browsing all of the shades in our Liquid Velvet Lipstick



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