The Best Nude Lipsticks For Every Kind Of Bride in 2021

By Katie Stow


The Best Nude Lipsticks For Every Kind Of Bride

Say I do with the perfect shade of nude.


A swipe of nude lipstick is a traditional bridal beauty look for many reasons –its classic, low maintenance and subtly glamorous. The only dilemma? It’s surprisingly difficult to determine which shade of nude best suits your skin tone. If you choose a shade too light, you run the risk of looking washed out. Too dark, and you look like you’re saving some chocolate cake for later. So, to avoid such faux pas, here are a few tips on how to find the most flattering nude lipstick for your skin tone.

Fair Skin

If you have a fair complexion, seek out nude lipsticks with peach or pink undertones. This will enhance your naturally pink lips and add a little warmth and colour to your porcelain skin. Try to avoid pale nudes, as you could end up looking corpse-like fast. We suggest opting for a nude lipstick with a soft matte finish, as this will allow for your lip’s natural texture to shine through.


Achieve this look with Tom Ford Lip Color in Spanish Pink, $74 which you can shop here.


Achieve this look with Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate, $49 which you can shop here.


Achieve this look with Nude by Nature Moisture Shine Lipstick in Dusty Rose, $22.95 which you can shop here.

Medium Skin

For those with medium skin tones, look for a nude hue that complements the warm undertones in your skin. That is, nudes which have a pink/peach-based colour but are slightly warmer in shade to achieve a more youthful glow. Be sure to stay away from nudes that are too similar to your skin tone as it can make your skin look lacklustre and drab. We recommend formulas with a sheer finish to add a hint of luminosity to your overall complexion.


Achieve this look with Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick in Nude Romantique, $67 which you can shop here.

Wedding Accesories - Nude Lipstick For Medium Skin

Achieve this look with NARS Barbarella (Sheer Peach) Lipstick, $43 which you can shop here.

Olive Skin

An olive complexion works best with darker shades of nude. Consider golden-beige shades with a satin texture to bring out the sun-kissed look of your skin. Alternatively, amplify your look with a muted coral or peachy nude which balances the blue/green undertones in your skin beautifully. Anything lighter will make you look like you’re wearing concealer – not ideal.


Achieve this look with Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Honeymoon, $20 which you can shop here.

Wedding Accessories - Nude Lipstick For Olive Skin

Achieve this look with MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy, $30 which you can shop here.


Achieve this look with Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love in Tawny, $32.90 which you can shop here.

Dark Skin

Deep nude lipsticks with brown/red undertones should be the go-to for dark-skinned ladies. Another option is a brown-based plum hue, which is especially flattering against deep skin. If you prefer not to spend most of your night touching up your lips, go for creamy-matte textures as they stay in place for hours on end.

Wedding Accesories - Nude Lipstick For Dark Skin

Achieve this look with Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Cool Brown, $33 which you can shop here.


Achieve this look with Covergirl Melting Pout Matte Lipstick in Paradise Lost, $6.74 which you can shop here.


Achieve this look with L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Ginger Spice, $11.99 which you can shop here.

There you have it, there’s a shade of nude that’s absolutely aisle-worthy for every kind of bride.

By Ana Zupanoska


Words by Ana Zupanoska, former Beauty & Fashion Writer for Cosmopolitan and all-round beauty genius! See her full body of work by clicking here.


Hero image by @jacksteeel.


All other imagery from Pinterest.

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