These Are the Nude Lipsticks With the Biggest Shade Ranges

I’ll be honest: The term “nude lipstick” makes me shudder. It’s a phrase bandied about by the beauty industry as often as peptides and contour kits. But what does it mean? Well, if you looked at the shelves of the world’s biggest beauty brands, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just a synonym for “Caucasian.”

There are over 7.4 billion people in this world, and no two of us have the exact same skin tone. So if nude means what the Oxford English Dictionary says it does (“wearing no clothes; naked,” FYI), then nude is simply the colour of our bare skin, whatever shade that may be.

That’s exactly why I hate the term—so often it rules out anyone whose skin isn’t a slightly pinkish-beige shade. And no one should have to miss out. When you find the perfect shade for you, a nude lipstick has the power to boost your complexion, make teeth look whiter and give any look that final bit of polish.

But with so many brands wrongly classifying nude shades, finding a skin-tone lipstick that actually suits you is an absolute minefield. So I’m here to help. First, ignore the shade name on the packaging, and second, keep scrolling—today I’ll teach you how to choose a nude lipstick that suits you.

So, how do you find the best nude lipstick for you?

It’s all about finding a shade that is a near match to your natural lip colour (or a shade or two darker). Anything too light runs the risk of making you look a bit washed out. Just like skin tones, no two lip colours are the same. Before purchasing, inspect your lips and look for shades in that sector of the spectrum. To help you on your way, I’ve pulled together the lipsticks that have the biggest nude shade ranges. May you find your ultimate match here.