4 things you need to know to find your perfect nude lip colour

How To Find Your Perfect Nude Lip Colour - Ashley Benson

Because it’s the one lippie that will never let you down

New Idea Beauty Editor WHO and New Idea / April 24 2024

Nude lips are no longer just an off-duty model fave; they’ve made plenty a appearance on red carpets, too. Basically it’s the one lip colour you can always count on. But finding the perfect shade of nude is no easy feat. What works for your beauty idol or bestie is pretty much guaranteed to *not* work for you. Sorry. When it comes to nailing your nude lip, follow these four steps.


Let your skin tone lead the way

Every skin tone is different, so the best tip is to try a nude hue that is one shade lighter or darker than your natural complexion. We like Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Charlotte Darling (hint: Charlotte Tilbury has shared snaps on her website of this liquid lipstick on 10 different skin tones to help you visualise how it will look on you!).

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Charlotte Darling


Pick a pink hue if you want something natural-looking

A subtle pink will highlight and enhance your natural lips. It’s the perfect partner in your quest for the no-makeup makeup look. Try 3INA The Intense Lipstick in 304.

3INA The Intense Lipstick in 304


Choose your colour intensity

If you want more colour, try a brownish-pink like Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Bare Affair.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Bare Affair


Find the right finish

Choose a gloss formula over a matte to add a touch of natural sheen. We love Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF30 in Perfect Nude.

Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF30 in Perfect Nude

Not sure how to wear your nude lip beyond your everyday makeup look? Here are nine ways to dress up a nude lip.

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Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.