Beauty Tips for Best Nude Lipstick for Your Complexion

Nude lips have always been off the table, for me, because of my fair skin. But, after a recent makeup session with Valerie Star, makeup artist extraordinaire at Caravan Stylist Studio, I learned that much like nude shoes, nude lipstick is just about finding the shade that suits your skin tone the best.

In the comfort of the talent at Caravan Stylist Studio, a beauty and wardrobe studio that preps celebrities and tastemakers for Red Carpet events and shoots, I was ready to bare it all. STOP! You have such a dirty mind! I’m talking about my lip color, silly goose.

Here are some beauty tips for best nude lipstick for your individually fabulous complexion.


If you have a …

Dark Complexion – The sky is really the limit because almost all nude shades will look good.

Medium to Light Complexion – It’s all about playing off of your undertones. If you’re more olive, lean towards a nude with peach undertones. If you’re more yellow, lean towards a nude with more pink undertones.

Alabaster Complexion (that’s me) – Avoid nudes with brown undertones. Stick to shades with a peach or pink undertone. Caravan Stylist Studio suggests Manuka Secrets Lip Luster, a great lip gloss that also hydrates and can work over any lip color.  My personal favorite is NARS Lip Gloss inicon Turkish Delight, which has a pink undertone and high shine. If you want a more matte option, try NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Boldero.

best nude lipstick

If you have no idea what type of skin tone you have or what all this “undertone” talk is all about, pop into your favorite department store and ask a makeup artist to asses your skin tone. You may even get a free makeup lesson. I suggest going to MAC, Bobbie Brown or NARS. I’ve found their makeup sales teams to be friendly and very knowledgeable.

Now that your lips are set, let’s talk about playing up your gorgeous eyes.smoky eyes with nude lips

Nude lips pair well with sultry, smoky eyes. Caravan Stylist Studio suggests Physician Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner, Universal Looks. It’s a great mix of smoky shades that can be layered for more intensity, when you’re ready to go from the office to a much-needed night out with your hubby.

Speaking of which, I need to go plan my next date night. With two babies on board, planning is everything. Sometimes I need to plan when I’ll have time to think and plan! You know how that goes.

PS Did you plan your Meaningful Me Moments, for the day? Mine is a 4pm gym session. Share yours and include #MeaningfulMeMoments. Your moment can be as simple as going to the local drug store, picking out a nude lip gloss and playing with makeup while the kids are taking a nap. XOXO. Have a wonderful Monday, ladies!