While bold burgundy hues and vampy reds will always have a special place in our hearts (and on our faces), nothing beats a rich, luscious nude lipstick for day-to-day wear.
And while there are plenty of natural and organic nude lipsticks to choose from, finding the right one for your skin tone can be a wee bit tricky.
Enter stage left Emmily Banks, an accomplished organic makeup artist and editor of popular website Depths of Beauty, who has kindly offered to share her top tips for nailing a nude lip with THE ECO EDIT, along with the low down on her favourite natural and organic lipstick brands.
DON’T MATCH YOUR SKIN TONE – ENHANCE IT
When searching for your perfect nude lipstick, it’s important to look for one with undertones that are similar to that of your own lips, but just a smidge deeper.
Opting for shades that are lighter or more beige-based than your own natural lip colour on the other hand is asking for trouble, as these are likely to look unflattering on even the most perfect of complexions.
The trick is to match your natural lip colour – not your skin colour
“Finding the right shade of nude lipstick for your skin tone can be challenging, but the trick is to match your natural lip colour – not your skin colour,” advises Emmily.
“Purse your lips together a few times to get the blood circulating. This natural blush of the lip is what you need to match, otherwise your risk washing out your lips into the rest of your face.”
THE BEST NUDE LIPSTICKS
“Not only do they boast an incredible range of on-trend shades but they also contain so many beautiful, naturally nourishing ingredients that leave your lips feeling soft and luscious all day long,” says Emmily.
As for Ms. Bank’s personal favourite? “My favourite nude lipstick at the moment is Inika’s Certified Organic Vegan Lipstick in Pink Nude, a super subtle soft pink-nude shade with a creamy smooth finish.”
Another fantastic nude lippie option is Axiology Lipstick in Instinct, which is a firm favourite here at THE ECO EDIT. This ultra-wearable nude is flattering on just about every skin tone, and it also has a luxurious iridescent finish, which gives this lippie added depth.
But it’s not just the gorgeous nude hue we’re crazy about – we also love the luxurious gold bullet packaging (which has been ethically manufactured, natch) along with the nourishing formulas that includes hydrating ingredients like organic avocado butter and coconut oil.
If you’re looking for a rich nude that’s flattering on tan, olive and darker skin tones, we recommend trying Vapour Beauty Siren Lipstick in Intuition.
This deep dusty rose-meets-cocoa hue is ultra-flattering on darker complexions, and boasts a beautiful botanical infusion including hydrating myrrh, rose buds, healing lemon balm, antioxidant-rich pomegranate, soothing jojoba oil and ultra-hydrating camilina oil to ensure your lips feel as amazing as they look.
PAIR NUDE LIPS WITH THE RIGHT MAKEUP
Once you’ve found your perfect nude lipstick, simply complete the look with balanced makeup application. For daytime wear, you might like to keep things simple with a wash of subtle eyeshadow and a coat of mascara.
For evening wear on the other hand, you can up the ante with something a little more dramatic. “When rocking a nude lip I like to accentuate the eyes,” says Emmily. “Personally, I love to add the depth of a soft, smoky eye to juicy nude lips for a natural day-into-night look.”