Find the perfect nude lipstick for you

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Nude lipstick is perfect for all seasons and occasions. It’s a great everyday shade and gives you that natural look, while still flashing a pop of colour.

And if you thought ‘nude’ lipstick means one shade – a light beige colour, think again. What nude actually refers to is a colour that’s neutral or very similar to the colour of your skin, therefore, anything from porcelain, through to caramel, dark brown and ebony are considered nudes.

Finding the perfect hue for you may be tricky because you could easily look washed out – or like you have no lips, and seriously Kylie Jenner taught us better than that. So when we started looking for the best nude shades, we considered everything from beige, to copper, hazelnut and chocolate. It turns out, the answer was erm, closer than we thought.

A recent video posted by the popular TV show, The Doctors went viral after revealing that the simplest way to find the ideal nude for you is actually linked to the colour of your nipples! Who knew?

Certified physician, Dr Travis Lane Stork, says, “We have a great way to pick your best shade for your face. What you want to do (is) you want to match your nipple colour. Nature knows best.”

The verdict: We tried it and 9 out 10 giggling and slightly hesitant beauties learned that the colour of their nips actually helped them find the perfect nude lip! The trick may not be as full-proof with porcelain and darker skin tones, so be sure to do your checks first. To avoid side-eyes and stares, do remember to check before you go shopping. The practicalities of trying this test at the beauty counter may raise more than a few eyebrows or get you some arrested attention.

Here’s a beautiful variety of warm shades we recommend you try this winter:

1. Bodyography in Jane -R230

2. CATRICE in Cool Brown 460 – R79, 95

3. Essence – Time for a coffee break? – R49,95

4. Elizabeth Arden in Nude – R475

5. Rimmel in Ain’t No Other 760 – R119,95

6. L.A Girl Matte Flat Velvet in Hush – R49,95

7. Bobbi Brown in Italian Rose – R365

8. Yardley Supermoist in Soft Nude – R109,95

9. Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Look Who’s Talking – R119,95

10. Mii Passion Matte Lip Lover in Bare 01 – R315

11. Revlon Colour Burst in Sultry – R155

12. L.O.V Lip Affair in Gesine’s Redwood 501 – R229,95

13. Mac – Mascu-linity – R240

Will you be doing the test? Let us know if it works for you. Good luck finding the perfect shade!

Written by

Tatum is an all-round digital being with a penchant for lipstick and a slight shopping addiction. After completing her Honours in Communications and Media she was thrust into the world of publishing and has since worked for some of the biggest magazines in South Africa. As a writer, editor and social media consultant, she’s all about spreading body positivity and a revised attitude towards beauty.

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  1. Sammy

    Im loving a nude lip epsecially in this heat wave

    6 months ago •

  1. Sadé Ernest

    I have always wanted to find the perfect nude – But could never find the perfect shade

    9 months ago •

  1. Delmaine Ortell

    im currently using Mac – Mascu-linity this is my Go to lipstick

    9 months ago •

  1. SunetteV

    I have visions of all these women stepping into the changing rooms at Edgars wit the lipstick testers

    9 months ago •

  1. Aarti Fakir

    A few months ago, Rimmel had a whole nude collection (I think they still do) I am using no.043 and 042 which I use together, which is great and looks really good.

    1 year ago •

  1. Ruwaydah Pillay

    I am currently using the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm Nr 145. Its absolutely divine. Its full of moisure, has a soft minty smell and a beautiful shine!

    2 years ago •

  1. Tyler Henry

    I’ve always wanted to try those Revlon Lipstick sticks. I’ll have to give it a try

    2 years ago •

  1. Rachna Misra

    always preferred a brighter lip.. recently I moved over to nudes and found the pinkish tones go well with my tone. Found that my other make up gets to stand out more now becoz my lips are not taking center stage.

    2 years ago •

  1. LeeV07

    I adore these colours, I will have to go shopping soon. I always thought Nudes would not suit my skin tone…

    2 years ago •

  1. Humaira Motala

    I really love the pinkish tones !

    2 years ago •

  1. Fana_kw Karani-wookey

    Essence- cute nude, definitely a makeup bag essential. It has a slight pink undertone. It’s also really smooth and gives your lips a silky finish. Affordable as well.

    2 years ago •

  1. Ayanda Maleka

    Love this! I could wear nudes all year round! Need to try some of these brands

    2 years ago •

  1. Kaishene Ramdaw

    I love nudes, I definitely need to make some purchases, I am currently into pinks

    2 years ago •

  1. Nadia Botha

    Number 8 has anti-aging benefits, lip plumping, Omega 3, vitamin E, high pigment, moroccan argan oil moisturising and SPF 15. Nice!

    2 years ago •

  1. Nah_oh_me

    I often mix a bunch of colours together to achieve new colours, SOMETIMES the only problem is I can never get it to look as nice as the first time.

    2 years ago •

  1. Rachel Ward

    I LIVE for nude lipsticks. But my new obsession is matt liquid lipsticks/lipgloss. It seems to last longer and doesn’t dry out on your lips the way lipsticks do.

    2 years ago •


    I just love the more peachy tones!

    2 years ago •

  1. Dimpho Moile

    I have been going about getting nude lipstick, I think it’s high time hey, totally love these!

    2 years ago •

  1. Tembisa Maqungu

    Essence is always a great brand (inexpensive) to start with whenever you want to try out a new colour and they always have gorgeous colours. But my favourite is Yardley StayFast long-wear lipstick in true nude its gorgeous on my lips and doesn’t leave me feeling all washed up at all.

    2 years ago •

  1. Mialise Tolmie

    I love all the nude Essence lipsticks. Amazingly buttery at the inexpensive price point

    2 years ago •

  1. Tanya Lawrence

    Looks cute but I prefer colour to nudes.

    2 years ago •

  1. Sandra Phoma

    My favourite Essence lipstick has to be the long-lasting lipstick nude 06 (don’t stop the nude) for deep skin tone. Thank me later!

    2 years ago •

  1. Feli0017 CHEYANAND

    These nudes are gorgeous! Because it’s hard to tell which colour will suit my indian skin tone I will have to go try them out.

    2 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    Bobbi Brown Italian Rose and Rimmel The Matte Lipstick tested. I must say Rimmel loved the enchanting matte bold finish. Bobbi Brown a definite. Subtle polished day-to-day use.

    2 years ago •

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