Color Me Lips: Picking the Right Nude Lipstick

As we have learned from previous posts, picking the right color for you is all about your undertone.  Lets have a brief crash course, just to refresh our memories.

There are 3 categories of undertones, 4 depending on who you talk to:

  • Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones)
  • Warm (yellow or golden undertones)
  • Neutral (a mix of warm and cool undertones)

Some include olive as a separate, fourth category, but most consider it neutral because it has a mix of warm and cool undertones.

So, let explore how to pick the right nude lipstick based on your undertone.

Quick Tip:  look at the veins that show through the thin skin on the inside of your wrist: if they look blue, you have cool undertones and if they take on a slightly greenish hue, you’re warm.


Lancôme national makeup artist Ricardo Costales, suggest the following for each undertone.

Warm Undertones

Warm undertones should to use warm colors—anything from peachy pink tints to rich coppers and bronzes. Try Avon mark. Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Bare Hug, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Liar, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Golden Copper, and L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipcolour in Brazil Nut.

Cool Undertones

If you have cool undertones, look for a rosy pink nude. Stick with soft shades like Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in Nude Beige, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Be Free, Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Coquette, and Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Monique.

Neutral Undertones

Those with neutral undertones can generally go either way (congrats you olive-skinned beauties, you look great in everything!). Neutral beige shades like Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke, Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in No 4, Lancôme L’Absolu Nu in Beige Silk, and Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Barely Brown.



4 thoughts on “Color Me Lips: Picking the Right Nude Lipstick

    • coloringfashion says:

      This post is my inspiration to add a few nude colors to my color palette. I haven’t worn nude lipstick in ages. All I have now are bright vibrant colors. lol Hence my last post about lipstick! 😀

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