Five Nude Lipsticks To Wear Now

The nude lip made multiple appearances on the recent spring runways – seen at shows including Rodarte, Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang. Nude is a classic lip look that I gravitate to all year round. While the spring runways showed a nude lip incorporated into an overall minimal or sporty “no-makeup” look, the best way to wear it right now is paired with a strong eye. A warm espresso-tone smoky eye balances a nude lip nicely through fall.

Here are five great nudes currently on rotation in my makeup bag.

MAC Lipstick in Crème d’ Nude

It’s hard to go wrong with a MAC lipstick. The brand makes several gorgeous nudes but my current favorite is Crème d’ Nude, a pale muted peach beige in smooth Cremesheen finish. This light nude is on the opaque side and can easily be layered over a deeper colour. $18,

Essence Lipstick in In the Nude

Essence is an incredibly affordable line of makeup made by Germany-based Cosnova. I first discovered this fun collection in Italy a few years ago and was excited to see it enter Canada earlier this year. In the Nude is my go-to nude lipstick. Its creamy formula and soft, warm tone make it an easy nude to wear everyday. $2.99, available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix.

Joe Fresh Cream Lipstick in Bare

Joe Fresh is always on the mark with of-the-moment colours at affordable price points. Bare is a pretty pink-toned nude with a smooth, velvety finish and a slight shine. $6, for locations.

Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter in Crème Brule

Revlon’s collection of lightweight, moisture-rich Lip Butters contains hydrating ingredients such as mango, shea and coconut butter. Crème Brule is a sheer buttery nude with a hint of shimmer. Wear it alone or layer it over a matte colour for a glowing touch of sheen.

Joe Fresh Lipgloss in Chai

I loved the warm beige Chai shade as a cream lipstick and the gloss version is quickly becoming a favorite as well. It’s a gorgeously wearable neutral. $8, for locations.

Tips for Going Nude

  • Start Smooth – Nude lipstick will amplify dry flakey skin so be sure to exfoliate your lips regularly with a gentle scrub.
  • Get Experimental  – Although I’m pale with pink undertones, I like warm beige nudes best. Don’t be afraid to break standard complexion rules – try different nudes to find the shade you love.
  • Layer Up – Layer a nude lipstick over a rosy tint for a look that’s slightly less dramatic. To avoid appearing washed out, I often prep my naturally pale lips with Joe Fresh Lip Tint in Berry ($6) before applying my favorite nudes.
  • Gloss Over – If you’re hesitant to try a nude lip, wade in with a creamy beige gloss. The moisturizing properties and shiny finish delivered by a gloss formula is a wearable way to test the trend.

What’s your favourite nude lipstick?

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About Cheryl Kozoriz

Cheryl Kozoriz is communications and public relations professional focusing on lifestyle and beauty. She enjoys vegan baking, library visits and a good nude lipstick. Based in Toronto, Cheryl blogs about west end living on She was formally the PR manager for Aveda Canada. Find her on twitter @cherylkozoriz.
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