The Best Nude Lipsticks for Women of Color


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Finding the right nude is one of the biggest lip color challenges known to (wo)man. For women of color, picking your perfect nude can be particularly perplexing. What is typically characterized as “nude” appears ashy or too stark against richly pigmented skin tones. Here are seven nudes that work for a wide variety of darker skin tones.

MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Touch $19Shop

For a paler shade of brown, try MAC Touch. The shade is somewhere between taupe and a pinkish brown. The high-sheen finish is what really makes the shade wearable. The color payoff is not super pigmented, but that's actually a plus when choosing a slightly paler shade of lipstick.

Urban Decay

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 1993 $19Shop

This medium brown with orange undertones is both hydrating and creamy. Basically that means it's the look of the '90s,В minus the crumbly matte feeling that none of us want to remember.

BITE Beauty

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Molasses $26Shop

A peachy-brown with a satin finish, Bite Beauty Molasses is richly pigmented but feels weightless on the lips. Don't left the supple feel fool you-the coverage lasts all day.


ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Fudg'd $7Shop

Glisten and glow with a slick nude lip like ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Fudg'd. The sheer, saddle brown shade gives just a touch of color so it's virtually foolproof. Just swipe and go.


Bare Minerals Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Icon $19Shop

More of a mauve-tinted brown, this soft matte applies as a cream but sets to a shine-free finish. For a natural look, apply with a fingertip and gently tap on the color. For a more polished look, shape the lip with a flesh-toned lip pencil.

Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Anais $32Shop

For a touch of shimmer to your standard nude, this spicy brown with reddish undertones is the perfect pick. The balm-like texture glides onto lips and wears comfortably throughout the day.

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sepia $20Shop

Dark brown with a golden undertone, this pick is a very dramatic one. It's your go-to for a statement-making nude.