Before you reach for that nude color at the store ask yourself this: does it compliment my tones or oppose them? What kind of finish does it carry. Is it tailored for brunettes or is it a universal color. Here is our guide to the best nude lipsticks for brunettes.
Nude lipstick and brunette hair just works. However, this doesn’t mean any shade or any pigments of lipstick will work for you. In fact, apart from hair color, there are many several other factors that will influence lip color choice even if it’s a nude color. We are going to discuss some of our favorite options for best nude lipstick for brunettes. Take a look at our guide for more insight on the topic.
Best Nude Lipstick For Brunettes
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Fleshy Lips Lipstick in Slick by Flesh Beauty
Best moisturizing lipstick for dark toned brunettes for hydrated lush lips
Liquid Matte Lipstick in Fabulous by Clary Beauty
Best nude lipstick for fair to light brunettes
Revolution Matte Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick in Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury
Overall favorite in terms of packaging, shade, finish and ingredients
Brown Bare Matte Lipstick by Mented Cosmetics
Hydrating and softening option for brown to darker toned brunettes
Velvetine Lipstick in Cindy by Lime Crime
Best option for warm to brown tone. Adds that necessary oomph to the lip thanks to the
MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy
Favorite softening lipstick for a soft feel and soft look
Fleshy Lips Lipstick in Slick by Flesh Beauty – Best moisturizing nude lipstick for dark tone brunettes
Flesh Beauty introduced the Fleshy lips lipstick line with several popular favorites. Among this is Fleshy Lips in Slick, a creamy yet light weight pampering lipstick. It’s so creamy it could be a balm. This rich mahogany color is great for dark or even deep toned brunettes. The lipstick edge is designed with a tapered edge and it helps to not only define but contour your lips. The color is not only quite luxurious but the lipstick is also quite easy to apply. This convenience only adds to the moisture bomb, rich color that is Fleshy lips in Slick.
- Lipstick is designed to deliver a luxurious creamy texture without feeling bulky on the lips.
- Made with various extracts including rosehip, lavender, white tea e.t.c for maximum lip care
- Is a cruelty free, paraben free and fragrance free lipstick.
What we like
- The color Slick is part of a bomb collection of nudes. We really liked this one for deep or dark tones.
- Great choice for both intensely moisturized and colored nude lips
- Leaves out certain ingredients that some people prefer not to use e.g fragrance and parabens
Liquid Matte Lipstick in Fabulous by Clary Beauty – Best nude lipstick for fair to light brunettes
The liquid matte lipstick by Clary Beauty in Fabulous can be described as a nice nude with a hint of peach. This lipstick incorporates various technologies including special formulas and even vitamin E. Such incorporations have produced the long wearing rich nude lipstick that we know as fabulous. The most fabulous part about it all is the moisture and comfort this matte lipstick has to offer. You can count on this baby for a velvety feeling without the dreaded dry lips.
- Shade is nude with hints of peach
- Long wearing lipstick with vitamin E for extra moisture
- Made for users with fair to light skin tones
What we like
- This product hydrates the lips and gives them a nice moisturized sheen
- Clary Beauty designed these lipsticks in simple yet elegant packaging
What we don’t like
- You might have a difficult time finding this lipstick
Revolution Matte Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick in Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury – Favorite color overall for brunettes
There are several undeniable lip looks that we can all agree are classic. Among these are several nudes that are simply fabulous. The Revolution Matte Luminous in Pillow Talk delivers one of these classy lips in a light pink and mauve. At first glance, you are met by a well sculpted and chiseled case with a similarly geometrical lipstick bullet. This shape however is not just decorative; Pillow talk is designed this way for some additional easy application benefits. The lipstick glides on the lips during application, easing the putting on lipstick process. Ideally, this nude works best on medium skin tone users.
- Enriched with lip care ingredients
- Contains 3 dimension glowing pigmentation which helps create an illusion on fuller lips
- Pillow talk is part of the Matte revolution line with over 20 shades forming the entire collection
What we like
- Feels like cashmere on the lips during application
- Moisturizes lips while still delivering that matte mauve pink finish.
- Classic Matte lipstick look
What we don’t like
- This lipstick is a bit on the pricey side
Brown Bare Matte Lipstick by Mented Cosmetics – Hydrating and softening option for brown to darker toned brunettes
This is among the most flattering nudes for darker toned women out there. We not only love the sun-kissed soft end look, but we also appreciate the intensively smooth and moisturizing effect. Mented cosmetics designed this lipstick with complex formulas which trap moisture within the skin on the mouth. This way, your lips remain hydrated. All brown to dark toned brunettes should appreciate the richness and uniqueness of this intensely hydrating and deeply softening lips.
- All lipsticks by Mented cosmetics including this one are cruelty free, vegan certified,, non toxic and paraben free
- Designed with formula to lock in hydration for moisturized lips.
- Delivers a deep brown matte result with looks beautiful of brown to chocolate brunettes
What we like
- Intensively moisturizing with complex developed to hydrate
- Beautiful brown matte finish with sun kissed result
- Smooth texture on top of the hydration effect
- Rich and unique
Velvetine Lipstick in Cindy by Lime Crime – Best option for warm to brown tones
This French vanilla scented long wear lipstick is a great nude option especially for brunettes with warm to brown undertones. First off, this lipstick is packaged neatly with it plain body but vibrant red cap. Additionally, the Cindy velvetine yields a ruby red finish shade with a luxurious yet velvety matte finish. The rich pigment on this lipstick ensures that once done, your nude will survive a long time without even ouch ups.
- Made with delicate velvety matte finish to ensure the nude comes out luscious
- Incorporates cruelty free ingredients and is even vegan certified.
- Comes with smudge proof technology ensuring the lipstick neither runs nor bleeds during or after application
What we like
- Great finish especially when you need a ruby red with a matte finish
- Excludes some ingredients that some people prefer not to use
- Vegan friendly lipstick
MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy – Favorite softening lipstick for a soft feel and soft look
MAC developed this shade in a warm tone and a semi matte finish. The light coral colored lipstick which could make for a great nude for light skin tones. This lipstick has been praised endlessly for not only the beautiful color but also the way it plumps the lips giving you a soft juicy look. Additionally, this is a lipstick Crème that is enriched with intensely hydrating ingredients. Among these is Vitamin E. Other additions incorporated into the formula help the lipstick last longer and remain soft on your lips.
- Enriched with Vitamin E for moisture and softness
- Long lasting color that is quite soft, making it look even better for longer
- Comes in classing black and silver MAC packaging
What we like
- It is highly pigmented with a mild scent and not sticky a t all
- Easy to apply lipstick
- Long wearing lip color that blends very well
- Travels easily
What we don’t like
- This lipstick can be drying
- Applies unevenly
Finding the nude shade that works for you
Finding a nude that perfectly fits your skin tone, undertones and even hair color is a delicate match between several things.
Balance is essential
Before you even think about the brand of lipstick you plan to purchase, we highly recommend that you review your makeup kit. Once you review your favorite make up looks, you have a rough idea of how you can incorporate various nudes into your style. Understanding how you put on the nude lipstick you select and match it with your outfit and hair will serve you better than simply throwing on whatever.
Know your lip undertones
Yes, your natural lip color or lip undertones will affect how the nude will appear on the skin. The good news however is, not a lot of people have overly aggressive lip undertones. If you find yourself struggling to pull off a certain nude on account of your undertones, then we recommend you find broad spectrum brands that accommodate various tones/undertones or even adjust to your natural lip color.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
Yes, we gave you the guide to our favorite options but there are so many more others that you need to discover even if on your own. We only made the task simpler by giving you some examples of what to look for.
Factors to consider when choosing lipstick
Finding the right lipstick isn’t always easy. The sheer number of brands available I enough to cause worry. However, before you go into full on panic, we compiled a quick guide to help all sorts of blondes find the best lipstick for them, Some of these factor include the following:
Hair color, eye color
While we find that hair color and eye color are some of our fav features, they could potentially ruin a lipstick for you. Yes, you heard right. When choosing a lipstick you must also consider that you are a brunette and your hair color should be a contributing factor in this selection process.
You’ve probably hear about Mario Dedivanovic, a celebrity makeup artist with tips and tricks for the perfect lip. One of Mario Dedivanovic nuggets of wisdom is to determine the type of lip undertone your lips carry. The natural undertones in your lips have the power to make or break a look. Please understand, your undertones will not prevent you from wearing multiple lipstick shades. However, when you come across instances when you can’t pull of a color for some reason other than your general tones and undertones, then you must take note of what doesn’t work and why for future reference.
Tones and undertones
These aren’t the same as the lip undertones we’ve discussed. Your skin tone and undertones influence how well you can pull off a shade of lipstick: blonde or not. Don’t know what undertone you are, don’t worry. If you are able to see your veins you can use them to identify your skin’s undertone. The veins on the inside of your writs should be much easier to spot. The veins may appear blue or green. If the veins are blue or purple, you are cool toned if they are green you are warm toned. If you have trouble telling what colors your veins are then you are probably neutral.
More specifically, If your veins appear green, then you have warm golden undertones, blue veins means you have oink undertones and both green and blue veins means you have a more neutral undertone. As a rule of thumb, cool undertones go with silver jewelry and warmer undertones go with more golden jewelry.
How to properly apply nude lipstick
Before you begin the application, ensure your lips are exfoliated and ready to receive the color. A good base is the foundation of a great nude lip.
First you want to begin by lining or if you prefer not to, you can skip this step. However a well lined lip carries the product better than a naked one, especially if you plan on choosing creamier and glossier textured lipsticks or finishes.
Starting at the central arch of the mouth you can proceed to glide the product gently and steadily along the contours of the mouth. If you have a great nude, you might not need to go over the lip once more. If you need to, then do so to achieve even distribution. Continue to apply the product on the bottom lip carefully and finish off the look as you see fit.
Easy right? Once you master this technique, pulling off the right lipstick shades won’t be a problem.
Don’t forget about lip care
As much as you find the right nude and apply it properly, the look you’re going for might be complete miss if your lips aren’t well maintained. Lip maintenance is simple. You need only exfoliate and moisturize. There are different types of methods to do so, depending on the skin that covers your lips. We advice individuals with more sensitive skin to reduce the intensity and frequency with which they exfoliate. This is because overdoing it could harm your lips rather than help them.
Lip care tips everyone needs to know about
Caring for your lips will go a long way in ensuring you wear these shades for a long time. Neglecting your lips will only lead to them drying out, which aren’t a great look even with lipstick on. Regular TLC for your lips ensures they are constantly moisturized and in good shape to take on any correct shade for you. Some of these lip care tips include the following.
Always read the ingredients list
While exfoliating your lips is great for complementing your looks, there are some substances you could avoid especially with over scrubbed or over exfoliated lips. Some of these include menthols, mints and other minty substances, cinnamon, camphor and many more. Additionally, always ensure to moisturize frequently to keep your lips soft and supple.
Scrub and moisturize
As we have already discussed the role of exfoliation and intense moisturization in lip care, we aren’t going to repeat ourselves. However, ensure you scrub your lips with the right amount of force without inflicting injury. Remember, the goal is to take off the dry or dead skin on the lip surface. Additionally, moisturize appropriately when needed. This will go a long way to ensure dry or dead skin doesn’t form quickly or accumulate on the surface.
Sun screen for your lips
Just because they are lips doesn’t mean they don’t need sun screen. In fact, the lip is exposed skin just like the rest of your facial skin. As you would other body parts, ensure you properly protect the sun from harmful rays. Balms, creams or even lip moisturizers with sun screen are great for everyone. These carry sun protection compounds and moisturizing compounds that ensure your lips skin is in top condition.
Finding the best lipstick for you might seem like a difficult task but all things considered, it really isn’t. The easiest way to choose a nude lipstick is to go step by step, making all considerations that must be made and eliminating choices that do not appeal to your needs or requirements. Our list for example contains meticulously chosen nude lipsticks each with its own pros and cons. However, each of these choices works great for a select of even variety of brunettes.