The reason I say ‘elusive‘ is because finding the perfect nude lip color isn’t as easy as it seems. It has to be the perfect shade, undertone and texture for your skin tone, all of which make a large impact on the final look. We don’t want concealer-lips, but we also want that sultry, bare pout.
If you’ve been lucky enough to find your perfect nude- good job (and be sure to spill in the comments what it is)! If you’re still on the hunt and need a couple ideas, here’s some of our favorites.
1. L’OREAL PARIS COLOUR RICHE LIPCOLOUR IN J.LO NUDE, $10.99 CAD: In celebration of TIFF 2013, L’Oreal Paris has launched a collection of nude lipsticks and nail polishes inspired by one of their celebrity faces. I’ve been reaching for this shade almost daily, because let’s be honest- if anyone knows a perfect nude lipstick, it’s J.Lo, right? lorealparis.ca
2. HOURGLASS FEMME NUDE LIP STYLO IN NUDE NO.1, $30 USD / $35 CAD: Hourglass has recently launched an entire formula collection of nude jumbo lip pencils- and they’re awesome. Full coverage, weightless and a perfect shade for almost every skintone. sephora.com
3. LAURA MERCIER ROUGE NOUVEAU WEIGHTLESS LIP COLOR IN COY, $24 USD / $27 CAD: Give your lips an airy kiss of color with this new wax-free lipstick formula. Feels completely weightless on lips, but offers great pigmentation and texture without drying out lips. This shade in particular would be great for a wide range of skin tones. sephora.com
4. TOO FACED LIP INJECTION COLOR BOMB! IN NEVER ENOUGH NUDE, $21 USD / $25 CAD: For an ultra-seductive nude lip, check out this new plumping jumbo lip pencil. Gives lips a buzz (but not a burn) that actually increases blood flow and increases volume within minutes. Va va voom! sephora.com
5. YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE VOLUPTÉ IN 1 NUDE BEIGE, $34 USD / $39 CAD: It may not be new, but it’s definitely one of my favorite nude lipsticks of all time! This is the most silky, luxurious lipstick you’ve ever felt (I promise!) and this particular nude shade is great for pairing with a smoky eye. sephora.com
6. BAREMINERALS MARVELOUS MOXIE LIPSTICK IN TAKE CHARGE, $18 USD: This lipstick feels almost like a lip balm, it’s so hydrating! It’s packed with color and glides on like butter- you’re not going to want to miss out on this special edition lip color. Plus, it smells like sweet mint! bareminerals.com