How To Look Radiant And Healthy In A Nude Lipstick

The notoriously tricky shade either works with your skin tone or against it.

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The notoriously tricky shade either works with your skin tone or against it. Learn from these celebrities who have turned wearing it into an art.

"To make a pale beige lipstick work, pair it with stronger brows and heavier eye makeup. And go for a satin or glossy finish – matte makes your makeup look flat."

Ming Xi

Her skin tone: Fair Asian

What to use: A nude with a soft pink or coral base to brighten the complexion. Yeo says to avoid light beiges and grey-based nudes (such as a grey-beige or cool brown), which draw out the yellow pigments in Asian skin, making you look sickly.
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1 Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park, $38.

2 Cle de Peau Beaute Lipstick in Lotus Flower, $92.

3 Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in #468 Michele, $52.


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Margot Robbie

Her skin tone: Fair Caucasian
What to use: A warm, rosy nude or warm beige brings out the pink tones in Caucasian skin. “For best effect, use a shade that’s one or two tones darker than your skin,” says makeup artist Melissa Yeo.
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1 Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencil in Purity, $37.

2 Chanel Jumbo Longwear Matte Lip Crayon in #257 Discretion, $52.

3 Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Vibe, $40.
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"A Barbie-pink or dusty mauve on your cheeks works better than a warm, rosy shade and makes you look less orangey. " 


Her skin tone: Tanned and bronzy

What to use: To bring out sun-kissed skin like Zendaya’s, use a pink and/ or coral nude lipstick slightly lighter than your skin tone to brighten it up. Pick a finish with a slight sheen.


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1 Etude House Shine Chic Lip Lacquer in Misty Silhouette, $19.90.

2 Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy Juicy Color Plumping Lip Gloss in Spice Girl, $34.

3 Nyx Professional Makeup Candy Slick Glowy Lip Color in Sugarcoated Kiss, $18.
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Constance Wu

Her skin tone: Medium

What to use: Blue-based nudes like dusty pink, a tone or two deeper than your skin. The pink balances excess yellow and orange tones in medium skin for radiance. Avoid nudes darker than your skin – baby pinks or light beiges may make you look ill.
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1 Sisley Le Phyto Rouge in #12 Beige Bali, $68.

2 3ina The Chubby Lipstick in #115, $19.

3 Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet in #755 Litchi, $40.
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Priyanka Chopra

Her skin tone: Dark and rich

What to use: Yeo says bluebased beiges look lovely on skin like Chopra’s as they add contrast to the complexion, bringing out its pink tones. “Deep chocolate browns also work well,” says Yeo.
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"To help deeper skin tones look radiant, avoid yellowish or earthy colours. Instead, wear pink, bright brown and beige to counter sallowness."

1 Decorte The Rouge Matte Lip Stick in BE354, $48.

2 Tom Ford Beauty Boys & Girls Lip Color in Bradley, $50.

3 Hera Rouge Holic Cream in #420 Clair Beige, $45.